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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2021, 04:00 AM
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Posted By ariel
I think I might know why coffee gives dark black ...

I think I might know why coffee gives dark black wootz lines.
Coffee is acidic and oxidizes ( rusts) areas with higher content of carbon. But at the same time it contains tannins that convert rust...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,095
Posted By ariel
Personally, I like " show and tell" topics....

Personally, I like " show and tell" topics. Something that clarifies a subject, not just shows some beautiful objects. Tough to compete with Hales' catalog.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2021, 01:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 620
Posted By ariel
One more rivet, and it would suddenly claim that...

One more rivet, and it would suddenly claim that it spent all its life under the Emir of Bukhara's belt:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2021, 01:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By ariel
Looks almost like Tibetan hairpin.

Looks almost like Tibetan hairpin.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 932
Posted By ariel
Extremely nice wootz pattern! Excellent job. ...

Extremely nice wootz pattern! Excellent job.
Wish I could do half as well:- (((((

As to the name ( kard, karud, pesh kabz), it depends exclusively on the form of the blade, not on the materiel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2021, 06:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 932
Posted By ariel
These are classical Indo-Persian Pesh Kabz:...

These are classical Indo-Persian Pesh Kabz: recurved blades. What is popularly ( if incorrectly) called "karud" is just Pesh Kabz with straight blade. Those were widespread in Central Asia:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2021, 06:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Re. Your last sentence: good collectors are all...

Re. Your last sentence: good collectors are all doing the same. Only some of them use historical aspects whereas you look at the transcendental.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Many of us switch areas of interest. Most of...

Many of us switch areas of interest.
Most of the “more or less serious ones” dig deeper into cultural and societal issues, but the majority cannot go and live among the natives. Most in general...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2021, 02:49 AM
Replies: 322
Views: 275,273
Posted By ariel
There is one staged photo after another, in the...

There is one staged photo after another, in the one above there are multiple ethnic inconsistencies, the two pics of Ossetian men on this page seem to be wearing the same kindjal.
And there is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,124
Posted By ariel
All I can say about them: 1. Both are Yemeni...

All I can say about them:
1. Both are Yemeni Janbiyas
2. Both have real blades, not modern Chinese fakes with stamped seml- blades welded to each other at the periphery and hollow inside. Proof:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Sad state of affairs... Sorry to hear that.

Sad state of affairs...
Sorry to hear that.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Well, now you know: soft and almost playful in...

Well, now you know: soft and almost playful in discussions, getting stricter as the level of research publication progresses from mere abstract at a meeting, to a structured article in a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Alan, I went to the Wiki to search ( not...

Alan,
I went to the Wiki to search ( not re-search :-), because I am not a physicist and understand nothing about mathematics and quantum theory) the particulars of Einstein- Bohr debate. It lasted...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2021, 12:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Alan, Glad we finally came to full...

Alan,
Glad we finally came to full understanding.
My French sucks. But English, in its meticulously- precise way, gives “ re” an interesting twist. Linguistically it is likely incorrect, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Alan, But of course! I thought I was pretty...

Alan,
But of course! I thought I was pretty clear on it. 95% of all posts have nothing to do with real research: they are just a way to get straightforward information, to learn.
Re-search is "...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2021, 08:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Alan, Sorry if i did not respond t your...

Alan,
Sorry if i did not respond t your earlier quesion. I kind of missed it within you message.
Your current one is clearly well demarcated and stated. So, here is my my response:

Our posts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,913
Posted By ariel
AFAIK, Koreans firmly riveted their handles to...

AFAIK, Koreans firmly riveted their handles to the tangs. Is there a rivet? If you can punch it thru and draw the blade out, it should not be Korean.

Habaki is not necessrily Japanese. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Alan and Fernando, Perhaps I did not myself...

Alan and Fernando,
Perhaps I did not myself clear enough.
I presented general “ academic “ rules of scientific research. And by “academic”
I did not mean that the research should be conducted...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,902
Posted By ariel
Jim, It is a khanjarli. Not only the...

Jim,
It is a khanjarli.
Not only the lunette, but also the grip are covered in ivory plates.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Completely agree. There are areas where...

Completely agree.
There are areas where research is straightforward and fully dependable on experimentally- provable data : " let's remove X and see what happens"
Study of weapons cannot employ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,902
Posted By ariel
From the old Russian movie: - Can you see the...

From the old Russian movie:
- Can you see the gofer?
- No
- Me neither. But he is somewhere there....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
The value of portraits and photos is...

The value of portraits and photos is unquestionable, although some questions will always be present. But they are only a part of a research process. Having agreed on that point we can move further....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
You are absolutely correct: circumstances...

You are absolutely correct: circumstances determine a lot. Although, despite wearing authentic clothes from a bygone era, 99.99% of your time you were not wearing them, you kinda pretended. Your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,709
Posted By ariel
Academic research: musings

Just a general questions related to all of us, but vaguely inspired by the plans to collect photos of Indian warriors armed with khanjarlis.

All scientific investigations are hypothesis driven....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,452
Posted By ariel
Just to make your life easier: ...

Just to make your life easier:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fees/country-acronyms.html

Also pay attention that all abbreviations contain at...
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