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Forum: European Armoury 15th January 2022, 05:37 PM
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Question An old sword fragment from Mexico

First, to hit the hornet's nest, personally I have considered old Mexican short swords with the D-guard and belt hook to be an espada ancha when mounted with a double-edged "sword" type blade and a...
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,003
Posted By Lee
As to overall agreement about the current state...

As to overall agreement about the current state of affairs, I would say that we are 100% in agreement.

I did a detailed XRF study of my collection and discovered many interesting things. I still...
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,003
Posted By Lee
Wink Perhaps I'd roll this observation back about an order of magnitude

Perhaps I'd roll this observation back about an order of magnitude, to 99%. On a couple of occasions I have had experienced museum curators confide to me that more than a few of the most iconic (and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2022, 01:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By Lee
A close friend of 80 years, now retired, who...

A close friend of 80 years, now retired, who worked for decades as a finish carpenter, has observed to me that up through his professional 'generation,' all of the tools in a Roman or Viking tool...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2022, 11:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Large Khyber Knife

I think this is a "large" Khyber knife, though some other members may have a better name for it.

For comparison: http://vikingsword.com/lew/w0133/w0133.html
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2022, 03:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,424
Posted By Lee
Unfortunately, I cannot find the detailed...

Unfortunately, I cannot find the detailed 'recipe' at the moment, but once I followed a procedure of soaking a flaking sword in alkalinized (using sodium hydroxide) distilled water (refreshed every...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,111
Posted By Lee
Greek or Balkan? This may help...

Greek or Balkan? This may help...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2021, 06:02 PM
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Views: 1,247
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up A most attractive old example!

A most attractive old example!
Forum: European Armoury 5th October 2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,942
Posted By Lee
Unhappy Poor odds

Having had the privilege of handling a number of medieval swords, authentic and not, I must concur with cornelistromp's statement above. Though the statistics strongly point in the unfortunate...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2021, 02:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,201
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Thank you Peter and Colin for the further and...

Thank you Peter and Colin for the further and continuing enlightenment.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd September 2021, 12:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,201
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Thank you for sharing that chart - it is most...

Thank you for sharing that chart - it is most interesting how styles evolved and varied by location.
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,531
Posted By Lee
I wonder if the "DNI" sequence within the...

I wonder if the "DNI" sequence within the inscription of your very nice - even if fragmentary - sword might be related to "In nomine Domini? Being familiar with the relative commonness of various...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,201
Posted By Lee
Thank you, Gentlemen, for your insights. I...

Thank you, Gentlemen, for your insights.

I have a friend who served in the (U.S.) Peace Corps in Tanzania in the mid 1960s and he brought back a Masai spear - very much like the newer example in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,201
Posted By Lee
Question Masai? Spear

Few things are as pleasing to me as to find a really nice spear, in which I admire and respect the workmanship, as I slog through summer flea market fields. This example came from a general booth at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,344
Posted By Lee
Ian, You got me thinking and happy to say,...

Ian,

You got me thinking and happy to say, the database had been transferred to the successor machine and I was just now able to start it up without 'incident.' There was a lot of forgotten...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,344
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Use something simple to use otherwise you will never use it

This is, in my opinion, excellent advice. About a decade ago I built a Microsoft Access database and for about a year I was diligent in documenting my accessions in it along with images, saved sales...
Forum: European Armoury 6th July 2021, 05:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,341
Posted By Lee
Scan of text from Armi Bianche Italiane, p. 354:

Scan of text from Armi Bianche Italiane, p. 354:
Forum: European Armoury 1st July 2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,341
Posted By Lee
Question Katzbalger - request for assistance in identifying blade mark

Received from a new member for posting:

This katzbalger is from my Collection.

Does anybody know where the inlaid smith's mark comes from?

On both sides is the Upper Reichsapfel sign that I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lee
Question African Shield for Identification & Comment

A reader sent the following text and images and requests identification and comment of this shield.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,902
Posted By Lee
XRF

Dave, there are a number of companies that offer short term rentals of these instruments as they may be used for environmental toxin detection and also for minerals prospecting. Very often junkyards...
Forum: European Armoury 14th June 2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,389
Posted By Lee
I have never come across the presence of a steel...

I have never come across the presence of a steel sharpening hone in association with a European medieval sword that I can recall. As David notes, however, very few scabbards have survived.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2021, 11:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,902
Posted By Lee
Smile Just before the pandemic struck, I had performed...

Just before the pandemic struck, I had performed a survey of my collection with an XRF analyzer. When we think of medieval Europe and twist-core patterns, iron with phosphorus was most often used to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,902
Posted By Lee
Very nice! Those narrow light colored curving...

Very nice! Those narrow light colored curving lines in the twist core (pattern-welded) panel of the left spear head will contain nickel.
Forum: European Armoury 20th May 2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,812
Posted By Lee
Promised follow-up

Here are the promised images of my boarding pike. The overall length is 94 inches, with the head straps to tip 20 inches and the square spike 11 inches. The pole is just over 1 inches in diameter...
Forum: European Armoury 18th May 2021, 01:06 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,812
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Nice!

I must say that I like the bulbous swelling on the end and the elegant tapering of the shaft. I acquired a pike with a very similar head, but a pole of uniform diameter with white and black paint in...
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