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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 8th March 2021, 08:49 AM
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Posted By ALEX
I do not think it is Central Asian, likely...

I do not think it is Central Asian, likely Russian or Iranian, the small round mark shows inverted V which could be Arabic/Persian character. It'd be hard to find matching spigot key as it'd have to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2021, 11:26 AM
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Views: 4,233
Posted By ALEX
Here is a closeup of another blade made last year...

Here is a closeup of another blade made last year by another, unknown master, He is making these blades in his yard in the village in Central Asia, they call them "bulat"/Russian for wootz. They use...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2021, 11:07 AM
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Views: 4,233
Posted By ALEX
Very good idea. Perhaps a separate thread...

Very good idea. Perhaps a separate thread dedicated to the subject?
Also, 1. I do not think it is even possible to re-forge old wootz blade without completely losing the pattern....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,233
Posted By ALEX
Bryce, This was also my point, it looks just...

Bryce,
This was also my point, it looks just like antique wootz.
I got the photo from the master himself, he is from Finland, and I have no reason to doubt authenticity.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2021, 02:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,233
Posted By ALEX
The example on the right is pure wootz, based on...

The example on the right is pure wootz, based on pattern.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,233
Posted By ALEX
I cannot see much difference on the right-side...

I cannot see much difference on the right-side sample from Finland, it looks similar to antique wootz pattern, isn't it? Not all antique wootz was universally superior. We should not grade the wootz...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,233
Posted By ALEX
I was hoping for more meaningful discussion... so...

I was hoping for more meaningful discussion... so allow me to reignite the subject. Here are 2 newly made wootz blades: one on the left, next to old Assad'Allah blade (for comparison), is made in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,141
Posted By ALEX
Deep ignorance, or perhaps intentional, on...

Deep ignorance, or perhaps intentional, on auction's part. any specialist will see the traces of electric drilling "dremel" machine on the surface, visible with naked eye, even on photos, so they do...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,141
Posted By ALEX
Agree with Colin, modern Indian hilt, crude...

Agree with Colin, modern Indian hilt, crude machine work, the material is Aventurine quartz, but they call every green stone a jade of course:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th January 2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,647
Posted By ALEX
I think Oliver mentioned Chircassian work that...

I think Oliver mentioned Chircassian work that was brought over to other countries including Egypt, not made in Egypt.

As for dating, it's unlikely we can claim with certainly the work to be 19th...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2021, 10:49 AM
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Views: 2,762
Posted By ALEX
THANK YOU, Jose! PM sent.

THANK YOU, Jose! PM sent.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2021, 06:27 PM
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Views: 2,762
Posted By ALEX
Does anyone know reputable restorer who can...

Does anyone know reputable restorer who can restore scabbard and make matching crossguard for a Kilij? Tom Kaczor used to do that work but unfortunately he is no longer responding. Perhaps someone...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,233
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, I am with you... but... I saw...

Ariel,
I am with you... but... I saw Nonikashvili's wootz shamshir, it is impressive to say the least, the fittings are incredible, but I still doubt whether he forged that particular blade from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,504
Posted By ALEX
I had the very same thought, strong Persian...

I had the very same thought, strong Persian influence and Pakistani workmanship. Persia is also closest neighbor to Baluchistan I believe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2021, 10:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,504
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, an impressive shamshir. The baldric is...

Ariel, an impressive shamshir. The baldric is awesome. It'd be interesting to hear the opinions on dating, hopefully Kwiatek and others will have more insights. Also, you mentioned Sindh and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,548
Posted By ALEX
Peter, Fernando, Philip, Great observations,...

Peter, Fernando, Philip,
Great observations, Thank you! Pistols are not my interest, I was just interested in Yali (as Peter properly noted) handle and why would it be attached to the pistol... I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,548
Posted By ALEX
Joseph Heylin Pistol with Makkara Hilt

Here is unusual Heylin pistol with (Indian) makkara hilt. J. Heylin was London based gunmaker in the 18thC, and the hilt could be custom made/added in India. I was just intrigued by the hilt, anyone...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 21,667
Posted By ALEX
Small Uzbek Knifes

Small/mini Uzbek knifes, some are souvenirs but made just like real ones and of the same material and quality.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,804
Posted By ALEX
Very interesting! Could it be made in Ottoman...

Very interesting! Could it be made in Ottoman Syria? the brass crossguard and type of coftgari are indicative of it.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd March 2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,946
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, Thank you so much for such...

Kwiatek,

Thank you so much for such incredible insights and translation. This is truly amazing to be able to read the text which appears to be very unusual where a date was written in words...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th February 2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,946
Posted By ALEX
Thanks, Kubur! This is how I felt when I found...

Thanks, Kubur! This is how I felt when I found it. Even though quite plain and modest, this is Central Asian qalamdan. I do not recall seeing known qalamdans from Central Asia. Does anyone know of...
Forum: European Armoury 24th February 2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,532
Posted By ALEX
Unbelievable indeed, the blade is intact and...

Unbelievable indeed, the blade is intact and fully functioning... and it comes with the original belt!
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th February 2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,946
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, hopefully these are better photos and...

Kwiatek, hopefully these are better photos and easier to read. No rush with translation, whenever you have time. Many thanks!
Forum: European Armoury 24th February 2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,532
Posted By ALEX
Roman Dagger Restoration

Here is the ARTICLE LINK (https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-dagger-restored-germany-145411683.html) that allegedly shows before and after photos of a relic Roman dagger. The found relic looked like a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,988
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, Many thanks for your help, as always! ...

Kwiatek,
Many thanks for your help, as always!

Marius,
Here is photo of the subject set with two knifes produced by the same workshop. One is of general 'hunting/European' form and another is of...
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