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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2022, 04:25 PM
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Posted By Nihl
Ariel, with all due respect, please do not tell...

Ariel, with all due respect, please do not tell me how I classify things. I found that your comment there rather rubbed me the wrong way.

I think perhaps my system might simply be too nuanced for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 06:34 PM
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Posted By Nihl
As someone from what I suppose you might call the...

As someone from what I suppose you might call the "Indian school", wherein indeed mixtures of blade and hilt-types are common, I personally prefer the more comprehensive, albeit probably more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd April 2022, 09:51 PM
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Posted By Nihl
Ok so.... I'm not exactly fully fluent in any...

Ok so.... I'm not exactly fully fluent in any devanagari-based languages, however I can transliterate them! I feel like the language on this sword is indeed sanskrit, or something quite close to it....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Nihl
Hi dakary! Hate to be the bearer of bad news...

Hi dakary! Hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but unfortunately the truth is the "eastern world" really hasn't caught up with the west in terms of available-to-order-online sword production. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2022, 03:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,766
Posted By Nihl
Hi all! Just popping in again to give what info I...

Hi all! Just popping in again to give what info I can here. First of all, in my opinion as someone who mainly studies indian arms, I believe this quote from Elgood (that I have quoted above from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2021, 12:52 AM
Replies: 36
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Posted By Nihl
Hi all! Just wanted to add a few thoughts here...

Hi all! Just wanted to add a few thoughts here and clarify what I can.

First of all, language and name game-wise, I feel like it would be helpful for a few people to elucidate how the term "dhop"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2021, 10:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,508
Posted By Nihl
I have to support the "South Indian chopper"...

I have to support the "South Indian chopper" attribution. It matches known examples in both blade style and decoration. One thing to note about that, however, is that if this was merely a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By Nihl
I will add here that based on how the hilt is...

I will add here that based on how the hilt is decorated it is likely of South Indian origin. Of course, the blade could be from anywhere north or south.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2021, 05:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By Nihl
Those repairs certainly are, yes. Somehow I doubt...

Those repairs certainly are, yes. Somehow I doubt the scales were that fractured when they were originally attached...

That said, the screws themselves actually look rather roughly made, so I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By Nihl
They're continuous! There's a barely-visible seam...

They're continuous! There's a barely-visible seam on each one indicating where the band was forged-welded together.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2021, 02:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By Nihl
Pt.2

Pt.2
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2021, 02:06 AM
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Views: 2,514
Posted By Nihl
Alright sorry for the delay folks! I tried to...

Alright sorry for the delay folks! I tried to take these pics in one go, so if they're a bit rough around the edges then my apologies. This first post will be focused around the hilt, with the next...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,506
Posted By Nihl
Just quoting this to emphasize it/because I agree...

Just quoting this to emphasize it/because I agree with it so much. There truly are a fascinating amount of minute details that separate different regional styles, at least back in the day when they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,991
Posted By Nihl
Oh! Hmm, that's quite interesting. I think very...

Oh! Hmm, that's quite interesting. I think very clearly this is just some kind of haphazard makeshift tang. To me the likely story here is that, at some point, the original tang on that blade broke...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By Nihl
Update: it arrived this morning! I have to run...

Update: it arrived this morning! I have to run some errands today however so I probably won't be able to take, let alone post, images until the early evening. Initial impressions though are that it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,991
Posted By Nihl
Could you please post pictures of this? It would...

Could you please post pictures of this? It would make diagnosis and analysis of it much easier.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,506
Posted By Nihl
Quite striking geometry on that hilt! Yes, I...

Quite striking geometry on that hilt! Yes, I would assume the EIC is East India Company. This whole piece was likely made in the mid-late 19th century, though the unusually angular hilt makes...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By Nihl
Ah so big eared Yataghans like that are balkan in...

Ah so big eared Yataghans like that are balkan in origin, not (anatolian) turkish? Good to know!

Also yes for everyone else hopefully I will be able to post better pictures of it soon, assuming it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 01:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By Nihl
An interesting Yataghan sword-stick for comment & analysis!

Hi all, long-time-no-post! I suppose like a lot of people that frequent this forum, I have plenty of topics that I want to ask/comment about as a posts, but very little time to sit down and type up...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,409
Posted By Nihl
Yeah this is a definitely a modern blade attached...

Yeah this is a definitely a modern blade attached to an old hilt. Damascus blades historically were used on Indian swords in the late 18th (I believe? some greater expert please correct me if wrong)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,220
Posted By Nihl
Adding my 2 cents here to this little linguistics...

Adding my 2 cents here to this little linguistics discussion; while it might not be the correct term for the sword form itself, it's worth noting that the "puttah" in "mel puttah bemoh" is likely a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,441
Posted By Nihl
As someone that can read devanagari, I can...

As someone that can read devanagari, I can corroborate that the inscription indeed reads "varak matsi" (or "matsee", when transcribed phonetically), and Mercenary's explanation here makes the most...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2020, 04:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,294
Posted By Nihl
I agree, very much a modern replica, falsely aged...

I agree, very much a modern replica, falsely aged to appear older & more valuable. On the plus side, it does look fairly well built, so at least it won't fall apart on ya anytime soon (the lack of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,856
Posted By Nihl
In regards to the age, based on the simplicity of...

In regards to the age, based on the simplicity of the hilt design alone I would guess that it's from the 18th century. Based on the very odd (almost completely idiosyncratic) short and stubby pommel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2020, 03:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,111
Posted By Nihl
Not to intentionally throw a wrench in the...

Not to intentionally throw a wrench in the discussion here and completely switch the current focus of thread, but gentlemen I'd like to point out one key element here: the katar in question does not...
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