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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By mariusgmioc
Yes, Algerian indeed, but in the style of...

Yes, Algerian indeed, but in the style of European military daggers.

Very interesting! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 886
Posted By mariusgmioc
The geometry of the cracks is consistent with...

The geometry of the cracks is consistent with ivory.

From all I know there are some ivorine resins that crack, but without round/circular cracks. Round/circular cracks are specific to ivory as they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2020, 07:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 886
Posted By mariusgmioc
How it behaves: if it melts is plastic; if it...

How it behaves: if it melts is plastic; if it smells like "dentist" is ivory.

For polishing you can use sandpaper, 600-800 grit and give it a few rapid rubs. If it is ivory will smell like...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2020, 05:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 886
Posted By mariusgmioc
Very difficult to judge from photos alone, but...

Very difficult to judge from photos alone, but from what I see, it looks like resin.

You can easily test it ether trying to burn a tiny piece of it or by simply polishing it and you'll see how it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 423
Posted By mariusgmioc
I have seen quite a few with pattern welded/pamor...

I have seen quite a few with pattern welded/pamor blade, so I would assume this would be the norm for older blades.

Maybe you should ask Alan as I am sure he can give you a very educated answer. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By mariusgmioc
Very beautiful knife! Congratulations for this...

Very beautiful knife! Congratulations for this exceptional acquisition!

As you said, the blade is typical Persian 18th to early 19th century.

Both the hilt and and the scabbard may be later...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 583
Posted By mariusgmioc
Thank you for the additional photos! You are...

Thank you for the additional photos!

You are right. The scabbard appears to have the Turgha mark which makes it quite certainly Ottoman.

Also the wootz patterning, with longer streaks (see photo)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 583
Posted By mariusgmioc
Yep, North Indian and at least the blade from...

Yep, North Indian and at least the blade from late 18th to early 19th century.

It definitely would benefit from some cleaning and etching.

Very nice piece! :)

PS: While the cartouche may look...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By mariusgmioc
It looks like classical 19th century, but only...

It looks like classical 19th century, but only when you have it in hand you can say with more certainty.

The blade may be wootz, fingers crossed.

To me, the ivory chape is a later replacement and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,815
Posted By mariusgmioc
My friend is a professional swords and armour...

My friend is a professional swords and armour maker.

He is accepting commissions, but is quite busy as he is working also for museums.

Will send you his contact details in PM.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,815
Posted By mariusgmioc
Unfortunately, I do not know any source of Nital...

Unfortunately, I do not know any source of Nital available for individual use in Europe.

I used to get my Nital from THE ETCHANT STORE in the US.

Several years ago, I could order it and have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,815
Posted By mariusgmioc
From all I can see in the photos, the blade seems...

From all I can see in the photos, the blade seems to have some watering structure like some 19th century wootz. Regarding the dotted markings, I also believe they are most likely from tightening the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By mariusgmioc
Judging from the photos the two shibriyas appear...

Judging from the photos the two shibriyas appear to be of the very same or at least very similar workmanship.

The fact that the one in the original posting is not signed, might be because it was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,845
Posted By mariusgmioc
I believe that good bronze fakes cannot be...

I believe that good bronze fakes cannot be detected visually even by the most experienced people. For every experienced buyer there are 100 experienced fakers...

Even laboratory testing may prove to...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 7th September 2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,654
Posted By mariusgmioc
Scottish sword...

Scottish sword dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZCT8H-Hpbc

Georgian dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OsAsJejxJY

Korean sword dance
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th September 2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,238
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello Norman, Yes, I know that sometimes the...

Hello Norman,

Yes, I know that sometimes the blade needs some additional polishing to remove the scars from previous abuse.

It still is a lovely blade! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd September 2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 994
Posted By mariusgmioc
Judging from the photos alone is tricky and can...

Judging from the photos alone is tricky and can be misleading, but to my eyes the blade looks very odd.

To my eyes, this blade does not look that it was originally shaped like this. It looks like a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd September 2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 994
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello, To me, this looks like a repurposed...

Hello,

To me, this looks like a repurposed shamshir blade fragment.

Have a look a koftgari with langet shapes.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,238
Posted By mariusgmioc
Anyhow, these blades are are looking great......

Anyhow, these blades are are looking great... excepting that they appear to be somehow over-cleaned.

Also considering their age, there is a good chance they are wootz.

So, if they were mine, I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,238
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello, The date in the cartouche may have a...

Hello,
The date in the cartouche may have a different meaning, like the year when the swordsmith shop was founded... maybe... :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 970
Posted By mariusgmioc
Nihonto collecting is unforgiving to the extreme...

Nihonto collecting is unforgiving to the extreme with even minor defects rendering an otherwise healthy blade worthless.

However, this doesn't mean the blade has no value from historical or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th August 2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 970
Posted By mariusgmioc
In nihonto the tempering defines the blade and it...

In nihonto the tempering defines the blade and it is an essential part of it.

I would say that Rick put it quite mildly, but from the point of view of a nihonto collector, a re-tempered blade is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello, Have a look at the link...

Hello,

Have a look at the link below:

http://vikingsword.com/ethsword/koummya/index.html
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By mariusgmioc
Thumbs up Restoring an antique piece not only takes skill...

Restoring an antique piece not only takes skill and time, but also takes passion. And I can see you put a lot in your work.

Congratulations for your amazing work! :)

Such artistic skills like...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,376
Posted By mariusgmioc
I am also collecting recently made swords and...

I am also collecting recently made swords and daggers, and if they are traditionally made and ethnografically correct, are at least as precious as their antique counterparts... at least to me.

By...
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