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Old 8th March 2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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I was watching this tulwar that recently sold on the bay. It's a very nice looking tulwar, but I was struck by the unconventional J or fullers as I don't recall seeing these before on Indian blades. The smaller fullers closer to the spine are sometimes seen on khukri and khoras but I haven't seen them on tulwar.

The blade seems to sport two different sets of fullers, made in different ways. The straight fuller seems to have been fullered hot with a fullering tool and is relatively shallow, while the J and I are very deep and seem to have been chiseled - they're also irregular.

Of course this may be no issue at all, fullering is not easy and chiseling does offer a lot of control and artistic flexibility,

Any thoughts on this?

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Old 8th March 2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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Segmented fullers that end in a U-turn are not unknown on Indian or Persian blades. Matter of fact, this style of fullering also carried into China and can be found on blades from there. The quality of the workmanship in the fullers can vary from extremely precise to sloppy. This example is getting closer to the sloppy side and I am not confident that the U-turn is original to the blade. It seems to be an afterthought possibly done much later.
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My similar tulwar
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Old 9th March 2011, 04:36 AM   #4
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I saw a similar one days ago on eBay
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Old 9th March 2011, 05:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses!
I also thought that the U fullers might be a later addition, which is why I was wary of bidding on it. Interesting that they area practically identical to the ones on your example Gene. In both cases these area high quality blades.

Kino, this is that same ebay (the bay) tulwar.

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Segmented fullers that end in a U-turn are not unknown on Indian or Persian blades. However, this happens on items from Afghanistan.
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