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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2024, 04:24 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting discourse guys, thank you! In...

Interesting discourse guys, thank you!
In beginning this thread my objective was to discuss some swords (cutlasses as it were) which I thought were aligned with the so called 'pirate coast' situated...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2024, 06:41 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Fantastic entry gp!!! Absolutely, the so called...

Fantastic entry gp!!!
Absolutely, the so called Sallee Rovers were the forerunners of the Barbary Pirates, though Im not sure if they melded into the Barbary category or not.
This is amazing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2024, 06:04 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I very much agree, and it seems that Arab swords...

I very much agree, and it seems that Arab swords in these forms were likely used in maritime contexts as the Arabs were of course so prevalent in trade which of course was by sea.

I would like to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2024, 03:18 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
These are great examples Lofty! and its amazing...

These are great examples Lofty! and its amazing to see them restored.
I think the hardest thing in describing these variations in the spectrum of Arabian sa'if is the terms used for them. Though...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2024, 09:44 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Teo, I think you're right, the storta,...

Thank you Teo, I think you're right, the storta, with this interesting hilt form reveals the kind of guard system seen on the nimchas. I think this was discussed by the late Tony North in his article...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2024, 08:23 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
On the 'kitara' sword, which is the saber bladed...

On the 'kitara' sword, which is the saber bladed form of the conical Omani sa'if, it seems the rather thickly wrapped leather grip would be hard to hold unless with two hands, much in the way the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2024, 08:15 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Its great to have you come in on this Peter! ...

Its great to have you come in on this Peter!
The 'moplah' type blade does have pretty old ancestry as per many of the references, Elgood notes it as 17-18th c. and it seems "Arts of the Muslim...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2024, 11:58 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks very much Teo, so the Moroccan/Algerian...

Thanks very much Teo, so the Moroccan/Algerian sa'if which has long been established as the weapon of the Barbary corsairs is pretty much the single 'pirate' oriented sword of 'Arab' form....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2024, 12:11 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Teo and Lofty thank you so much!!! While my...

Teo and Lofty thank you so much!!!
While my ideas were admittedly wild speculation as far as linking my examples to this rather esoteric sector of piracy (the raconteur in me could not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2024, 11:52 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Arab Cutlasses of the Pirate Coast

There were pirates in the Persian Gulf in ancient times, but the subject here is those who preyed from the Strait of Hormuz at Ras al Khaima along the coast, southward. These regions were known as...
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