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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By RobT
Downplaying Politics

koto,

You have taken the term "spin doctoring" to a whole new level and, all kidding aside, your comment may have some serious merit. At the time, Western nations were not at all receptive to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2021, 04:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By RobT
No Suspicions & Clarification

Hi Ren Ren and koto,

Apologies for my tardy response to your efforts but I felt that I needed to research the matter further to clarify the inscriptions and to address koto's suspicions. I was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By RobT
Thanks, Better Photos To Come

Ren Ren,

I see that my photos were taken upside down. Many thanks for giving me what is legible thus far. It fits with what I had hoped for because it strengthens my suspicion that the sword is of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2021, 12:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By RobT
I'll See What I Can Do

Ren Ren,

I do know a professional photographer and will see if he is willing to take a shot of each side. It may take some time. Does the third you know make any sense?

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2021, 01:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By RobT
I'm Really Sure it's Ok

David R,

Thanks for your response, I can't wait for input from forum members either. Hopefully Peter Dekker will weigh in. Its dubious place of sale notwithstanding, I'm really sure that the piece...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2021, 10:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By RobT
Da Dao Translation & Info Requested

Hi All,

It was a scene with all the earmarks of disaster. The flea market seller's table was replete with fake Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan edged weapons. Fresh from my faux klewang/faux pas, I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2021, 11:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,243
Posted By RobT
Better Than I Had Hoped

Ian,

Thanks for all your expertise. Your findings are better than I had hoped for (or deserve for my carelessness). The VOC logo should have been a red flag but even more so, I should have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2021, 01:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,243
Posted By RobT
I Hadn't Thought of That

Kai,

Of course, the VOC logo would have been in use much before my sword was made. I should have realized that. I am afraid however that more than just the logo is inauthentic.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,293
Posted By RobT
Probably A Through Tang

Ian,

I am pretty sure you are correct about the tang. The end of the hilt is simply a brass washer held in place by a steel pin (I used a magnet) so I suspect that the pin is actually the tang...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,243
Posted By RobT
New Photos

Ian,

Thanks for your help on this. On closer examination, the grip wire appears to be copper not brass. I took two shots of the backstrap. One from directly overhead and the other from the back to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2021, 01:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,293
Posted By RobT
Similar Hilt

Ian,

Thanks for the information. As you can see, the hilt on my dagger is very similar even though the pommel, cross guard, and blade are very different. I had always thought that my stiletto was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2021, 01:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,243
Posted By RobT
Ariel & Tim, Thanks for the kind words. I...

Ariel & Tim,

Thanks for the kind words. I think this sort of thing is kind of like a fender bender where, had I been a bit more attentive, I wouldn't have gotten hit.

Ian,

I did read your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,243
Posted By RobT
A Learning Experience?

Hi All,

European weaponry isn't really my thing but because this Dutch klewang (ostensibly VOC) was being sold for very little, I decided to take a chance. Upon carefully examining the sword, I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2021, 01:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,129
Posted By RobT
Why Not Pashto?

Why not give the country of origin in Pashto? The alphabet is basically Arabic. While most people in Kyrgizstan or Tajikistan don't speak Pashto, surely there are enough there that could write a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,129
Posted By RobT
But Why in English?

Ausjulius,

If I understand you correctly, you are saying that there possibly is a knife making center in Kyrgizstan that is making traditional style chooras for export to Afghanistan because the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 01:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,129
Posted By RobT
Thanks

Hi All,

Thanks for your input and information. Whatever the KG stands for, it isn't Kyrgyzstan.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2021, 03:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,129
Posted By RobT
Ariel, Thanks for the response. Your...

Ariel,

Thanks for the response. Your explanation sounds more plausible but there seems to be a bit of confusion about Kyrgistan's official abbreviation. Initially, I did a search for "made in KG"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2021, 10:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,129
Posted By RobT
Interesting Choora Inscription

Hi All,

I just picked up this choora which I believe is very recently made. The hilt scales and ears are plastic (made to imitate butterscotch amber perhaps?). Other than the choice of hilt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2021, 04:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,998
Posted By RobT
Flash Drive

Hi All,

I am using a 128GB (larger ones are available) flash drive that can be plugged into my i-phone via a lightning connection on on end or my Mac computer via a USB connection on the other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2021, 02:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,554
Posted By RobT
Acid Etched?

Hi Rafngard,

The eighth photo (the real close-up of the blade) appears to show texture. If that is correct, I would suspect that the blade has an acid etched pattern. I have an acid etched kard so...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2021, 01:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,872
Posted By RobT
I Agree with You

Detlif,

I also always thought that these blades came from North Africa and have been given information attributing them to the Eritrean region. Googling pengulu yields a definition of "a leader of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,872
Posted By RobT
Detlef, If I am not mistaken, you provided a...

Detlef,

If I am not mistaken, you provided a photo of a page from The Batak by A Sibeth. Does the the book identify the leftmost dagger (the one with the curved blade and brass sheath)? If so,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,235
Posted By RobT
Thank You For All Your Selfless Dedication

Lee,

Please allow me to join the chorus of thanks for all your work. I have been a member of the forum for many years and consider it a vital and enjoyable adjunct to my collecting hobby. For me,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2021, 12:25 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,106
Posted By RobT
Hi All, Here are my two. The haft on the...

Hi All,

Here are my two. The haft on the Padsumbalin appears to have been taken from a hatchet. There is a small, round, copper token (stamped 343) attached to the haft. A former item from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,997
Posted By RobT
Thanks For The Responses

Kubur,
Thanks for the complement and possible origin. I cleaned up the blade a bit when I first got it but it does deserve some more work (including replacement of the missing back strap).
...
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