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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2021, 05:31 AM
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Posted By ariel
I do not know much about Korean sword; thus, I...

I do not know much about Korean sword; thus, I have to rely fully on the chapter by Park Je Gwang, a curator of the War Memorial of Korea. This was published in a book titled "History of steel in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 525
Posted By ariel
Jim, We crossed the posts:-) Glad we agree.

Jim,
We crossed the posts:-) Glad we agree.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 525
Posted By ariel
If the contrast between physical conditions of...

If the contrast between physical conditions of the scabbard vs. blade is explained by your overeager cleaning ( note: this is my personal opinion, I prefer to keep mine with “ kisses of time”, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2021, 04:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 525
Posted By ariel
I mostly agree with Jim about the relative "...

I mostly agree with Jim about the relative " newness", and I think we need to look at the separate parts.
The chape: it has a drag, which is a purely European feature, acquired by the Afghanis...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th June 2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By ariel
Shamil was never a “prince”, and emphatically not...

Shamil was never a “prince”, and emphatically not a “ cossack”
He was a leader of nationalistic/religious movement/war against Russian forces trying to subjugate the Caucasus. Under his...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2021, 12:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 820
Posted By ariel
I am with Nihl. My “sign” would be the dot (...

I am with Nihl.
My “sign” would be the dot ( or hemispherical ) protrusions on the edges all over the handle.

And, of course, it is difficult to find tulwars with both original handle and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2021, 11:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,678
Posted By ariel
I might be missing something, but why do you...

I might be missing something, but why do you think it has anything to do with Philippines?
Also, where is the VOC logo?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th May 2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
I know nothing about firearms, so no professional...

I know nothing about firearms, so no professional counterargument from me.
Although, if “ .. the steel extension part (was) re-purposed to make a fire-striker”, then in its current version it ...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th May 2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
Thanks. And the item in question does not...

Thanks.
And the item in question does not resemble a Turkish ( Indian etc) sword hanging hook as well.
We are back to the simple and obvious: it is a moderately fancy fire striker. Any...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 9th May 2021, 11:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
Alan, Thanks for the information. Have you...

Alan,
Thanks for the information. Have you also seen bankols used as sword hanging hooks as well?

But in any case, the original thingamajig does not resemble a bankol or its Turkish...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 9th May 2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
You are correct: Alan’s example has nothing to do...

You are correct: Alan’s example has nothing to do with Cossacks, India etc.
However, engineeringly it is a carbon copy of an item in post #22, that belonged to Zaporozhian ( Ukrainian) cossacks...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 03:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,290
Posted By ariel
Undoubtedly, sword handles, especially made of...

Undoubtedly, sword handles, especially made of organic material, h a tendency to deteriorate and were replaced. That was true also with full-metal handles as well.
But generally, the style of a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,290
Posted By ariel
East India Company ceased to exist as a...

East India Company ceased to exist as a colonizing force after the Sepoy Rebellion in 1859. So, this tulwar is most likely first half of the 19th century.
And the geometry of handle is, IMHO, just...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 7th May 2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
And here is a Ukrainian ( Turkish style) one.

And here is a Ukrainian ( Turkish style) one.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 7th May 2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
Many things came to Indonesia from India and...

Many things came to Indonesia from India and other counrties: Piso Podang pommel, Gulabhati handle, Borobudur, and, yes, even Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.
It is certainly possible that these...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th May 2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
To summarize : Sword hanger hooks were built...

To summarize :
Sword hanger hooks were built in two separate planes, mostly perpendicular to each other. The “Jeb” Stuart’s one is an exception and requires chains because of that.
Fire strikers...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd May 2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
And here are fire strikers. One grasps one branch...

And here are fire strikers. One grasps one branch and strikes with the other. There were multiple other forms, but the principle remained the same. Some are dirt simple, some are very artistic.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd May 2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
Interesting. "Jeb" Stuart's hanging hook differs...

Interesting. "Jeb" Stuart's hanging hook differs a bit from the oriental examples. Something like that was in use from Zaporozhian Cossacks to India.
Much better mechanics.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd May 2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
Unhappy Oriental suspension hooks had a flat part with a...

Oriental suspension hooks had a flat part with a wide opening for the belt and with a plane perpendicular to the plane of the hook.
I see no possible way of attaching the pierced part to the belt....
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd May 2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,507
Posted By ariel
I may join Rick here: that was the first thing to...

I may join Rick here: that was the first thing to come to my mind. On top of everything, the configuration fits.
Fancy or not, graceful or not, it will do the job. All things come in a variety of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,470
Posted By ariel
The story goes that it was Chaka who “ invented”...

The story goes that it was Chaka who “ invented” Iklwa. Perhaps, it is really true. But Iklwa was only an instrument of his real invention: instead of ineffectual and largely symbolic exchange of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2021, 01:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,261
Posted By ariel
Don’t bother. Caucasian blades are almost never...

Don’t bother. Caucasian blades are almost never damascus: too expensive and time consuming. The only exception where pattern - welding was relatively frequent are kindjals coming from Guria. And...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 04:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,049
Posted By ariel
Do not remove anything, just look at the wooden...

Do not remove anything, just look at the wooden inserts at the opening of the scabbard. The original ones will be paper thin and darkened. Thick, solid and white would indicate contemporary ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,049
Posted By ariel
Based exclusively on the pics I think you worry...

Based exclusively on the pics I think you worry too much: low grade silver is common on Turkish and Balkan yataghans. The velvet is likely to be new or a later replacement. Wooden cheeks are most...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,314
Posted By ariel
Lee, Thanks a lot! These 5 days were a...

Lee,
Thanks a lot!

These 5 days were a nerve wrecking experience.
But...
We are back!!!!!!!

Congratulations to all!
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