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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2022, 06:53 AM
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Posted By mariusgmioc
Can't help you with translation but just wanted...

Can't help you with translation but just wanted to say this is an absolutely gorgeous shamshir.

It is the first time I see the elaborate flower carvings on a shamshir blade as they are usually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2022, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,683
Posted By mariusgmioc
In my oppinion it is Mughal. Lovely piece...

In my oppinion it is Mughal.

Lovely piece anyhow!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,858
Posted By mariusgmioc
A quite compelling argument that these tulwars...

A quite compelling argument that these tulwars with elaborately decorated blades were NOT actually used for hunting but were merely presentation swords is the condition of their edge.

All the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,858
Posted By mariusgmioc
Definitely there are! I had a couple of...

Definitely there are!

I had a couple of 19th century miniatures depicting hunting scenes as you have seen but I have also seen some hunting scenes in silver repousse and carved in stone.
I also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2022, 06:50 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,858
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello Cathey, The fact that a blade has a...

Hello Cathey,

The fact that a blade has a sharp edge is by no means a sign it is of good quality or that it has practical use. You can give a very sharp edge even to a piece of plastic (think of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,858
Posted By mariusgmioc
Excellent example you have! Congratulations for...

Excellent example you have! Congratulations for the acquisition!

However, from all I know, these tulwars are called "hunting tulwars" because of the hunting scenes engraved on their blades and not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2022, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,088
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello, Wherever you saw it, It must have...

Hello,

Wherever you saw it, It must have been also a fantasy/touristy blade.

There were a couple on this forum on some Indian/Afghan knives if I remember correctly.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,202
Posted By mariusgmioc
Locally produced blade! Nice! :)

Locally produced blade! Nice! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 9th January 2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,179
Posted By mariusgmioc
The repoussť high relief decoration are...

The repoussť high relief decoration are classical, inspired by late Roman style.

It would be quite difficult to precisely locate this plate as this type of decorations were widely used throughout...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,676
Posted By mariusgmioc
Now, what would I call a "saif" would be a saber...

Now, what would I call a "saif" would be a saber with a characteristic Arabic hilt and slightly broader, less curved (than a shamshir), usually imported blade like those in the photos.

You may...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,251
Posted By mariusgmioc
Very beautiful piece! Thank you for sharing! ...

Very beautiful piece! Thank you for sharing!

I can only guess that the exposed and rather pointy tang can be used to deliver some punching blows with reverse grip. :confused:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,676
Posted By mariusgmioc
Welcome to the forum! :) The name game is...

Welcome to the forum! :)

The name game is never ending and the opinions are split. Some terms that we use are are generic, some are more specific, some are ethnographically correct, some aren't.
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,415
Posted By mariusgmioc
Welcome to the forum! :) I believe it to be...

Welcome to the forum! :)

I believe it to be an early 20th century presentation Syrian saif with an European or Indian blade.

Let's see what others have to say.

See also:
...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st December 2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,109
Posted By mariusgmioc
Happy and Covid-free new year in good health! ...

Happy and Covid-free new year in good health! :):):)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,290
Posted By mariusgmioc
Like Geoff suggested, clearly a knife version of...

Like Geoff suggested, clearly a knife version of a Laz bichaq.

The overall shape of the blade, the engravings on the blade and the bifurcated horn hilt are all consistent with the attribution to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th December 2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,098
Posted By mariusgmioc
Beautiful axe! To me, it looks indeed like a...

Beautiful axe!
To me, it looks indeed like a 19th century Qajar axe. The style of decorations also look more Persian than Mughal to me.
The only unusual part for me is the hammer side that doesn't...
Forum: European Armoury 24th December 2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,623
Posted By mariusgmioc
Agreed. But that one refers only to sabres. ...

Agreed.

But that one refers only to sabres.

It should be completed with "Les Epees" also by Jean Lhoste. They both are in French.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,832
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello Tea, To my eyes, the blade definitely...

Hello Tea,

To my eyes, the blade definitely doesn't look Persian. The style and technique of the damascening is definitely not Persian. More likely Turkish or even Indian. Better photos and a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,494
Posted By mariusgmioc
Exactly. The flexibility also prevented the...

Exactly.

The flexibility also prevented the full transfer of the shock to the elbow and shoulder of the wielder in case the blade hit a shield or a piece of armor.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,514
Posted By mariusgmioc
No worries Ariel! We "know" each other from some...

No worries Ariel! We "know" each other from some time and even when disagreeing I don't think we take it personally. And I quite enjoy a good healthy disagreement from time to time. :)

I just...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2021, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,494
Posted By mariusgmioc
It was quite flexible. So maybe only the...

It was quite flexible. So maybe only the appearance is similar. :confused:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,494
Posted By mariusgmioc
I had an Indian Pata sword with a blade looking...

I had an Indian Pata sword with a blade looking exactly the same.

Could it be an Indian blade? :confused:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,514
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello Ariel, You may have noticed that I...

Hello Ariel,

You may have noticed that I specified "in my opinion"...

And yes, I am aware of the name variations but I am also aware that at least some of us can be a little more specific by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,026
Posted By mariusgmioc
I don't know where they come from (albeit I...

I don't know where they come from (albeit I suspect the Asian Ottoman origin) but I don't see anything Persian.

But I might be wrong... :confused:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,149
Posted By mariusgmioc
I don't know... :confused: The blade is also...

I don't know... :confused:

The blade is also very flat, which suggests rather poor rigidity for the slightest edge miss-alignment... :confused:
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