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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2021, 04:25 PM
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Posted By ariel
Ian, My hat is off to you... Awesome...

Ian,
My hat is off to you...
Awesome knowledge of such diverse facts. Were you there during the Vietnam War?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 605
Posted By ariel
Very good tulwar! One would definitely...

Very good tulwar!


One would definitely wish for such elegant and high class tulwar to have a wootz blade and a cartouche with some famous name, but the previous owner performed a barbaric...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th July 2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,019
Posted By ariel
Nice!!! Great carving and beautiful patination. ...

Nice!!! Great carving and beautiful patination.
Since you presumably do not have a carriage, it might serve just as a splendid wall hanging. Do you have a fireplace?
BTW, there is something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2021, 02:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 709
Posted By ariel
If this indeed belonged to one of the Pulahanes,...

If this indeed belonged to one of the Pulahanes, you got yourself a part of history.
But I always remember a saying from somebody on this Forum: Buy the sword, not its history:-(((
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2021, 05:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Interested Party, Seems to me that the spine...

Interested Party,

Seems to me that the spine of the terminal third of the blade is tilting down just a little, and the edge follows the same direction. Of course, physical examination of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2021, 04:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Slander, especially attributed to anonymous...

Slander, especially attributed to anonymous sources, is very high on my list of despicable behaviors.

Just an aside.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 975
Posted By ariel
Kai and Battara, Guys, that’s exactly what I...

Kai and Battara,
Guys, that’s exactly what I had in mind and was saying about the kris presented here: dark edges due to tempering.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 537
Posted By ariel
Strictly speaking, this is not a Kindjal. ...

Strictly speaking, this is not a Kindjal. Kindjal is a russified version of the name for a Caucasian ( and Transcaucasian) straight double-edged dagger, locally called Khandjali in Georgian, a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 730
Posted By ariel
Agree with Ian 100%. Exceptionally nice piece. ...

Agree with Ian 100%. Exceptionally nice piece. Congratulations!
I particularly love this style of a crossguard: it is a faithful homage to the old Mamluk examples. The wrapping is old, either...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 02:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Ian, The two Russian forumites ( if they exist...

Ian,
The two Russian forumites ( if they exist at all) suggesting that there are some circumstantial hair-splitting inconsistencies may not be entirely blamed. They may be just exhibiting a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 01:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Interested Party, Thanks for finding the old ...

Interested Party,
Thanks for finding the old kindjal pics.
The complicated system of fullers is very similar to my example. In turn, as I have noted earlier, there is an uncanny resemblance to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2021, 10:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Marius, The preferential rusting of the point...

Marius,
The preferential rusting of the point is the result of storing the ( especially scabbarded ) sword vertically, as was the usual practice of arsenals and private wall- hangings, with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2021, 09:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 975
Posted By ariel
Just a query: would it be correct to assume that...

Just a query: would it be correct to assume that the kris blade is laminated thru and thru and the dark edges are the result of differential tempering?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2021, 11:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Francantolin, I am intrigued by your...

Francantolin,
I am intrigued by your techniques of coke and soda. Can you elaborate?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Marius, I did not go into explanations of the...

Marius,
I did not go into explanations of the obvious: the edge was cleaned. There was no koftgari there and there were no technical limitations
As I mentioned earlier, I have used fine sandpaper...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
How about just oiling it and gently go over it...

How about just oiling it and gently go over it with a soft cloth?
Or Renaissance Wax it?

Dilemma: should I risk damaging it or should I allow it to rust itself to death?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By ariel
Qaddara is an original product. Dashna is a...

Qaddara is an original product. Dashna is a repurposed blade. This is not Khevsurian for sure; if it was repurposed, it would likely be from Kakheti ( Eastern Georgia) and a local name for those is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Sorry for being not specific enough My...

Sorry for being not specific enough
My question relates to the place of manufacture: is it Iranian or Turkish? The mix of styles is obvious.
Far, far behind there is the possibility of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Quaddara ( cont)

Continued
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By ariel
Unusual Quaddara

Need your help.
Recently, I won this Quaddara and am confused.

Traditionally, Quaddara is a short Persian sword/long kindjal with a typical " kindjal-like " handle.. According to Kirill Rivkin,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,886
Posted By ariel
Another potential source of “ karakulaks” is...

Another potential source of “ karakulaks” is Crimean Khanate, either directly ( they are close) or thru the Ottomans. There are archeological findings in and around Crimea of yataghan-like blades of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,127
Posted By ariel
Jim, I presume that your last post contained...

Jim,
I presume that your last post contained photos of two different weapons. Am I correct? The upper one does not show the entire blade: thus we cannot be sure whether it has a native “ khyber”...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,127
Posted By ariel
The local name of the Afgani short straight or...

The local name of the Afgani short straight or recurved sword T-bladed ( Brits called it “ khyber knife”) is Selavah.

There is a short sword in Dekkan ( straight or recurved, T-bladed) called...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,127
Posted By ariel
In addition to being off center, the hole is far...

In addition to being off center, the hole is far too close to the bolster to support the “ basket” khanda handle theory.
I checked my 5 “khanda” handle swords ; the rivets on all of them are 8-12 cm...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,127
Posted By ariel
There is not much rhyme and reason to Afghani ...

There is not much rhyme and reason to Afghani traditional weapons. Tribes had their local peculiar features, to which even their own village armorers subscribed quite loosely. And taking into...
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