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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:21 PM
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Posted By ariel
I cannot see niello there. What I do see, is a...

I cannot see niello there. What I do see, is a cheap false filigree on a souvenir shashka made in contemporary Georgia.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,494
Posted By ariel
Yes, Shia. My guess , this pseudo-shashka was not...

Yes, Shia.
My guess , this pseudo-shashka was not made in Afghanistan by the local Shia, Hazara or Quizilbash. Afghani-made weapons are usually simple and pretty crude.
I would guess it came from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By ariel
What on earth is teh -tula? Never heard of...

What on earth is teh -tula? Never heard of it.
Any chance it is Tula Weapon manufacture?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,494
Posted By ariel
Well, if one looks carefully at your delineation...

Well, if one looks carefully at your delineation of the drag, it is the convex side that seems to be wider, suggesting that the sword was worn “ saber- wise”, not “shashka-wise”. That would prove...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By ariel
As per Elgood’s text in the Jodhpur book, names...

As per Elgood’s text in the Jodhpur book, names ending in “- rao” or starting in “khan-“ are seen among Rajastani inscriptions. And the overall style of decoration would fit. In short, I doubt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 398
Posted By ariel
Or, to be rude and cynical, the furniture of...

Or, to be rude and cynical, the furniture of kastane ended up in the sweaty hands of contemporary N.African souvenir dealer who went thru his supply of touristy flissa blades and found one fitting...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd December 2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 429
Posted By ariel
The Third Battle of Panipat ended in a resounding...

The Third Battle of Panipat ended in a resounding defeat of the Marathi army. More than 40,000 fully armed soldiers died on the battlefield. But 40,000 -70,000 of mostly non-combatants were taken...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By ariel
Polish school of arms history and identification...

Polish school of arms history and identification places hilts as a defining feature ( determines ethnicity and manner of fencing).
Other schools and individuals emphasize blades as the working...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 12:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By ariel
To complicate things even further, Shamshir in...

To complicate things even further, Shamshir in Persia can be curved or straight, and in Afghanistan, pulwar and Central Asian pseudoshashkas are all shamshirs in local parlance. The bottom line, in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 398
Posted By ariel
For some reasons the blade reminds me of rather...

For some reasons the blade reminds me of rather modern Flissa daggers
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,339
Posted By ariel
Well, if you think that all things Ottoman are...

Well, if you think that all things Ottoman are Turkish, that would greatly simplify your provenancing :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,339
Posted By ariel
Ottoman Yataghans were assembled from...

Ottoman Yataghans were assembled from mass-produced blades coming largely from Anatolia and Balkans ( Bosnia, mainly). Wherever they landed, their further fate was to fall into the hands of a local...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 368
Posted By ariel
Mali noz is translated as “ small knife”. And...

Mali noz is translated as “ small knife”. And Foca is likely: smooth round coral.
I would guess end of 19- early to mid 20th century. It doesn’t seem to be dated,
so dating is mainly by condition...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 745
Posted By ariel
The very first sword in the series shown by me,...

The very first sword in the series shown by me, has a very " Hindu" pommel: unopened lotus flower. The next one has a peculiar handle: downturned quillons ( Persian/Afghani style) with the same Hindu...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,009
Posted By ariel
Jim, a sprinkle of rationality always enlivens a...

Jim, a sprinkle of rationality always enlivens a discussion:-)


My mentor during my fellowship years always taught me to conduct an experiment aimed at destroying my theory. Only if it failed was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,009
Posted By ariel
Don’t feel bad: the above info was lifted...

Don’t feel bad: the above info was lifted verbatim from the Russian version of Wikipedia. The reliability of that source is limited, to put it mildly.


For example, the blurb here states that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,009
Posted By ariel
A tiny question: how were these swords tied to...

A tiny question: how were these swords tied to the trunks?
Unless we use tight belts, they will turn and hit the enemy not with the edge, but with the flat of the blade. And if we tie them very hard,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,009
Posted By ariel
Jim, I see your point about trunk swords and...

Jim,
I see your point about trunk swords and deep inside I am on your side. Moreover, their physical absence in museum collections is disturbing.


However, we have several separate accounts of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2019, 01:01 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,009
Posted By ariel
Tough to argue with eye witnesses.

Tough to argue with eye witnesses.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,009
Posted By ariel
Beats me... I just do not understand why don’t we...

Beats me...
I just do not understand why don’t we have any physical “ trunk” swords?

We have living examples of outdated temple swords, super heavy training swords, exotic tribal swords, variety...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 745
Posted By ariel
BTW, I could never fully understand why Aydha...

BTW, I could never fully understand why Aydha Katti carries “ Arab influence”. That is repeatedly mentioned in various sources ( Elgood included) but no specific feature is convincingly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2019, 01:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 745
Posted By ariel
Jim, Afghani kukris are very modern copying: we...

Jim,
Afghani kukris are very modern copying: we can’t even call it “influence” or
“Exchange of ideas”. Plain violation of copyrights:-))))

But Jens’ comment opens a whole can of worms: is it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 745
Posted By ariel
I am in complete agreement: descriptive approach...

I am in complete agreement: descriptive approach is the only one we have at our disposal. A pity we do not know the original name of the S. Indian sword with the " chakra" blade :-((

I am with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 745
Posted By ariel
It is very easy to attach a word “Afghani” to a...

It is very easy to attach a word “Afghani” to a bladed weapon when it has typical “pulwar” handle.

But if Elgood is right and there was a “ marriage of convenience” we may need to sit down and...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By ariel
I thought about it because of the width of the...

I thought about it because of the width of the guard. Even though they often had slits.
Googling was no use.
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