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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:46 PM
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The peshkabz from the “ Splendeur…” was part of...

The peshkabz from the “ Splendeur…” was part of the 1988 exhibition of oriental weapons. Those came from the collections of renowned French and British collectors as well as from some selected...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:12 AM
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Posted By ariel
Ian, Scabbards are by and large perishable....

Ian,
Scabbards are by and large perishable. Imperial Russian military specified new scabbards for their regulation sabers every 3 years ( or something like it). Active use of swords/daggers requires...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:50 AM
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Posted By ariel
See " Splendeur des armes orientales", p.119....

See " Splendeur des armes orientales", p.119. Slightly more worn out koftgari, attributed to N. India, early 19th century.
The one from 10thRoyal has a blade forged from crystalline wootz , the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th May 2022, 11:27 PM
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Views: 551
Posted By ariel
Sorry, my bad. I see why one would think it...

Sorry, my bad.

I see why one would think it is Indian: too rich and those small decorative crenellations at the base of the handle. But I still think it is Yao. I just cannot recall anything...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th May 2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By ariel
Very good example! And I am with Sajen:Yao.

Very good example! And I am with Sajen:Yao.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th May 2022, 12:56 AM
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Views: 534
Posted By ariel
:D

:D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2022, 12:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Posted By ariel
Not being a Moro aficionado, I nevertheless put...

Not being a Moro aficionado, I nevertheless put my 1 ( not even 5!) cents.
IMHO, it is quite new: the ganja is not separate, its contour is just made look like one with a couple of pretty crude...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2022, 05:21 PM
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Posted By ariel
By far the best book on North African swords and...

By far the best book on North African swords and daggers is:

Eric Claude “The small catalog of Moroccan and Algerian edged weapons”

It is a bilingual French/English private edition limited to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 710
Posted By ariel
GePi, You brought two very interesting...

GePi,
You brought two very interesting examples. Your shamshir seems to have an incredibly rare double-edged blade. Also, its scabbard has wire stitching, traditionally regarded as a hallmark of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By ariel
Chinese authorities discriminate against Uyghurs...

Chinese authorities discriminate against Uyghurs left and right.
Uyghur language is banned in Xinjian as a language of instruction from schools to colleges/Universities. Everything is in Chinese....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 654
Posted By ariel
The only feature common to Romanian peasant...

The only feature common to Romanian peasant knives and Finnish Puukko is the handle partially hidden in the scabbard.
But the same feature is seen in Central Asian, Afghani, Tibetan, Chinese,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2022, 11:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By ariel
If my description of Kazakhcha variant of P'chak...

If my description of Kazakhcha variant of P'chak was confusing, here is a picture of actual Kazakhcha,
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2022, 05:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By ariel
This one : _-Is not a Kazakhcha. Those are...

This one :
_-Is not a Kazakhcha. Those are fishermen knives for people living next to the Aral Sea. The back goes down at ~ a quarter distance from the tip ( point, and then goes up to the axis of...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd May 2022, 11:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,420
Posted By ariel
In any authoritarian society the severity of laws...

In any authoritarian society the severity of laws is mitigated by their selective obedience.
In Russia, for example, this rule is formulated as:” The law is like a telegraph pole: you cannot jump...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd May 2022, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By ariel
I have yet to see Uzbeki Р’chak or Tajiki Pichok...

I have yet to see Uzbeki Р’chak or Tajiki Pichok with such massive blade. Hieroglyphs establish Uighur origin. And, yes, Yangisar.

I wonder whether knife manufacture is still present there:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st May 2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By ariel
Uighurs?

Uighurs?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th April 2022, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,086
Posted By ariel
Moreover, the Oriental_Arms' and yours are not...

Moreover, the Oriental_Arms' and yours are not the same dagger.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th April 2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By ariel
I am afraid it is new, for Fanoon: traditional...

I am afraid it is new, for Fanoon: traditional Omani male dance. Such swords need to be pretty, not neccessarily functional, and well decorated. Their blades had to be very flexible, to emit...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,106
Posted By ariel
Philip, What kind of secret concoction have you...

Philip,
What kind of secret concoction have you used to etch the blade?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,635
Posted By ariel
The blade is highly curved and tapering down to a...

The blade is highly curved and tapering down to a very sharp tip.
There is no “ indian ricasso”, ie an unsharpened part of the blade adjacent to the quillon block.

Both of them together tell us...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2022, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,635
Posted By ariel
Very, very, very nice! To distinguish between...

Very, very, very nice!
To distinguish between Indian and Persian manufacture one needs a lot of luck ( Indian masters learned Persian technique sometimes in the 17th century and there were real...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2022, 01:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,635
Posted By ariel
Regretfully, none. There are beautiful blades...

Regretfully, none. There are beautiful blades dated within the period of his productive life, but we have no idea how mechanically good they are. The only, perhaps even apocryphal, story of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2022, 04:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,635
Posted By ariel
Please find my topic “ How the wootz blades were...

Please find my topic “ How the wootz blades were forged?”
You are absolurtly correct: many wootz blades have a “seam” or a “crack” of various lenght on their spine. This is where the slag comes out...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2022, 03:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,635
Posted By ariel
This blade was forged from a high-class...

This blade was forged from a high-class KaraTaban, the ultimate variety of Persian bulats.
It came into existence during Safavid dynasry ( perhaps even as early as Shah Abbas I reign and by and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2022, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,086
Posted By ariel
Just as well it may be from Georgia or from the...

Just as well it may be from Georgia or from the Russia- controlled North Caucasus. All of these places are chock-full of souvenir workshops producing such kinjals 24/7 and each one has a stamping...
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