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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:11 AM
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What is " mother of pearl" lacquer? Never...

What is " mother of pearl" lacquer?
Never heard of it. Can somebody explain?
Thanks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2022, 07:42 PM
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Posted By ariel
That is exactly the reason I do not collect ...

That is exactly the reason I do not collect Nihonto: it is supposed to be either perfect or it is junk.

And the prices for repolishing are astronomical: years and years ago, when I was young and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2022, 09:58 AM
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Posted By ariel
Yes. I have a detailed series of those pics,...

Yes.
I have a detailed series of those pics, but I signed a nondisclosure agreement with the source that is valid till I have a written permission to reproduce them in my slowly written paper:-(
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2022, 03:49 AM
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Posted By ariel
I was re-reading this topic and re-thinking the...

I was re-reading this topic and re-thinking the info.

The issue under discussion is in fact truly analogous to the pharmacokinetic model of half-life. During a period peculiar to each and every...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2022, 09:42 PM
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Posted By ariel
Most likely, but still not glass or quartz. Call...

Most likely, but still not glass or quartz. Call it semi-precious?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2022, 04:48 PM
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Posted By ariel
Fully agree with Tim and Marius' opinions. ...

Fully agree with Tim and Marius' opinions.
Sometimes we all go outside of our "historical, fighting, bloody" frame of mind and get attracted by the artistic quality. This one gets very high marks...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2022, 04:40 PM
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Posted By ariel
Quite conceivable. They are very "show-y" and are...

Quite conceivable. They are very "show-y" and are likely to look great on the wall. I wouldn't mind having one because of its artistic value.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2022, 02:32 AM
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Posted By ariel
i looked at the better pics and suddenly it...

i looked at the better pics and suddenly it dawned on me: ” за отличие в турецкой войне”.
I was so proud of myself and scrolled down the page to publish my momentous discovery when I saw Teodor’s...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2022, 01:43 AM
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Posted By ariel
You are correct: "war". With your clue I seem...

You are correct: "war".
With your clue I seem to be able to read a part of the upper line: "А?типов турец[кий] ?" , ie. name ("A?tipov tur [ kish?]").
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2022, 01:16 AM
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Posted By ariel
I would guess that an 80 cm stabbing weapon with...

I would guess that an 80 cm stabbing weapon with a 50 cm blade is a precursor of Pata . We all remember earlier form of Pata, colloquially called Jamadhar Katari that was a transitional stage...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2022, 06:02 AM
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Posted By ariel
The small (77 cm) Pala is interesting. It has an...

The small (77 cm) Pala is interesting. It has an inscription in Russian that was severely damaged by polishing and I can recognize only letters, but not words.
The reverse (?) has an Orthodox cross...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2022, 05:31 AM
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Posted By ariel
There is a date within the cartouch: 1264 H. It...

There is a date within the cartouch: 1264 H. It corresponds to 1877-8 Gregorian.
Simple fighting Kilijes ( Palas) from the last years of the Ottoman Empire.
Very nice set.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2022, 07:28 PM
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Posted By ariel
Do we know when was this barung taken as a...

Do we know when was this barung taken as a trophy? Smith-Wesson 0.45 was issued in 1911, but private purchase was sufficiently popular well before that.

No matter what, even if we are talking...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2022, 04:46 AM
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Posted By ariel
0.45 was a powerful bugger.

0.45 was a powerful bugger.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2022, 03:53 PM
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Posted By ariel
It reminds me of Selawa, popularly known as...

It reminds me of Selawa, popularly known as Khyber Knife, modified by Indian bladesmiths. Zira Bouk tip, is something that real Afghani Selawas never had: they were used as purely chopping weapons...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 13th November 2022, 09:59 PM
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Posted By ariel
Do not know much about Kris hilts or Indonesian...

Do not know much about Kris hilts or Indonesian wood carvings.

But what if this is not a crude slapdash amateur thingie, but just a rough preliminary and unfinished handle?
I suspect 8 that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2022, 07:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 986
Posted By ariel
Yes, AFAIK these terms refer to blades only,...

Yes, AFAIK these terms refer to blades only, although both of us are not sure:-(
Can somebody clarify it?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 986
Posted By ariel
Indian sword serrated on one edge: Arapusta On...

Indian sword serrated on one edge: Arapusta
On both edges: Aradam.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2022, 04:26 AM
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Posted By ariel
And here is a real old Kazakh selebe.

And here is a real old Kazakh selebe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2022, 03:47 AM
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Posted By ariel
Yes, Jens' guess is as good as ever. Sailaba...

Yes, Jens' guess is as good as ever.
Sailaba is not exactly a Turkish word, but a Turkic one. Turkic people ( Kazakh, South Siberian) had short swords called Selebe or Selava. Their migration to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2022, 03:09 AM
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Posted By ariel
As per Jens Nordlunde (...

As per Jens Nordlunde ( http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=678&highlight=sailaba) #5 is a
Hyderabadi sword called Sailaba. It is listed in a catalogue of the Hyderabad museum, dated...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2022, 02:34 AM
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Posted By ariel
I agree: magnificient blade of Kara Taban wootz....

I agree: magnificient blade of Kara Taban wootz. I would imagine a truly old and artistic handle of any Indian style or just a good Persian shamshir handle. I would stay away from overdecorated...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2022, 07:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 986
Posted By ariel
Nihl put his finger right on the target: our...

Nihl put his finger right on the target: our current " classification" of Indian weapons largely comes from European ethnographers with all its limitations of : a). defining the name based on a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2022, 06:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 874
Posted By ariel
Thank you very much for a good historical...

Thank you very much for a good historical clarification. You are unquestionably correct: some masters just migrated elsewhere and kept manufacturing same/similar products.

Still, we can safely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2022, 05:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 702
Posted By ariel
BTW, I read the date as 1292 H, i.e. 1875-6...

BTW, I read the date as 1292 H, i.e. 1875-6 Gregorian
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