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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2021, 10:55 PM
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Posted By Nihl
I have to support the "South Indian chopper"...

I have to support the "South Indian chopper" attribution. It matches known examples in both blade style and decoration. One thing to note about that, however, is that if this was merely a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By Nihl
I will add here that based on how the hilt is...

I will add here that based on how the hilt is decorated it is likely of South Indian origin. Of course, the blade could be from anywhere north or south.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2021, 05:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,806
Posted By Nihl
Those repairs certainly are, yes. Somehow I doubt...

Those repairs certainly are, yes. Somehow I doubt the scales were that fractured when they were originally attached...

That said, the screws themselves actually look rather roughly made, so I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,806
Posted By Nihl
They're continuous! There's a barely-visible seam...

They're continuous! There's a barely-visible seam on each one indicating where the band was forged-welded together.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2021, 02:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,806
Posted By Nihl
Pt.2

Pt.2
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2021, 02:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,806
Posted By Nihl
Alright sorry for the delay folks! I tried to...

Alright sorry for the delay folks! I tried to take these pics in one go, so if they're a bit rough around the edges then my apologies. This first post will be focused around the hilt, with the next...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,638
Posted By Nihl
Just quoting this to emphasize it/because I agree...

Just quoting this to emphasize it/because I agree with it so much. There truly are a fascinating amount of minute details that separate different regional styles, at least back in the day when they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,331
Posted By Nihl
Oh! Hmm, that's quite interesting. I think very...

Oh! Hmm, that's quite interesting. I think very clearly this is just some kind of haphazard makeshift tang. To me the likely story here is that, at some point, the original tang on that blade broke...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,806
Posted By Nihl
Update: it arrived this morning! I have to run...

Update: it arrived this morning! I have to run some errands today however so I probably won't be able to take, let alone post, images until the early evening. Initial impressions though are that it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,331
Posted By Nihl
Could you please post pictures of this? It would...

Could you please post pictures of this? It would make diagnosis and analysis of it much easier.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,638
Posted By Nihl
Quite striking geometry on that hilt! Yes, I...

Quite striking geometry on that hilt! Yes, I would assume the EIC is East India Company. This whole piece was likely made in the mid-late 19th century, though the unusually angular hilt makes...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,806
Posted By Nihl
Ah so big eared Yataghans like that are balkan in...

Ah so big eared Yataghans like that are balkan in origin, not (anatolian) turkish? Good to know!

Also yes for everyone else hopefully I will be able to post better pictures of it soon, assuming it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 01:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,806
Posted By Nihl
An interesting Yataghan sword-stick for comment & analysis!

Hi all, long-time-no-post! I suppose like a lot of people that frequent this forum, I have plenty of topics that I want to ask/comment about as a posts, but very little time to sit down and type up...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,635
Posted By Nihl
Yeah this is a definitely a modern blade attached...

Yeah this is a definitely a modern blade attached to an old hilt. Damascus blades historically were used on Indian swords in the late 18th (I believe? some greater expert please correct me if wrong)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,191
Posted By Nihl
Adding my 2 cents here to this little linguistics...

Adding my 2 cents here to this little linguistics discussion; while it might not be the correct term for the sword form itself, it's worth noting that the "puttah" in "mel puttah bemoh" is likely a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,459
Posted By Nihl
As someone that can read devanagari, I can...

As someone that can read devanagari, I can corroborate that the inscription indeed reads "varak matsi" (or "matsee", when transcribed phonetically), and Mercenary's explanation here makes the most...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2020, 04:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,969
Posted By Nihl
I agree, very much a modern replica, falsely aged...

I agree, very much a modern replica, falsely aged to appear older & more valuable. On the plus side, it does look fairly well built, so at least it won't fall apart on ya anytime soon (the lack of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,071
Posted By Nihl
In regards to the age, based on the simplicity of...

In regards to the age, based on the simplicity of the hilt design alone I would guess that it's from the 18th century. Based on the very odd (almost completely idiosyncratic) short and stubby pommel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2020, 03:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,744
Posted By Nihl
Not to intentionally throw a wrench in the...

Not to intentionally throw a wrench in the discussion here and completely switch the current focus of thread, but gentlemen I'd like to point out one key element here: the katar in question does not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 02:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,814
Posted By Nihl
Just to inject another "IMO" in here about sword...

Just to inject another "IMO" in here about sword tips & shapes & all:
In regards to the "zirah bouk-ish" sword I would point out that the blade shape is both in form and decoration blatantly 19th...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th May 2020, 10:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,744
Posted By Nihl
If I had to guess, as a collector that does focus...

If I had to guess, as a collector that does focus mostly on Indian weapons, the reason for the inflated price on this katar actually does come from (as Drabant suggested) its tiger stripes. These...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 16,586
Posted By Nihl
I personally would be wary of attributing much...

I personally would be wary of attributing much age to this piece. Assuming it is even supposed to be some kind of katar, there are fair number of "katars" of similar form - all of which are blatant...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 04:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 21,189
Posted By Nihl
Just to add to the examples in this thread, here...

Just to add to the examples in this thread, here are three pieces I have with cut steel decoration; a pata and bara jamdadu, both from the 17th century, and an early 19th century pata. All of them...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 21,189
Posted By Nihl
Just to add to the examples here, one of my...

Just to add to the examples here, one of my katars appears to have had the blade taken off its original hilt and then brazed onto its current one. Also kind of surprised no ones mentioned copper...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2019, 12:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,417
Posted By Nihl
Hey there bsingh, What makes you think it is...

Hey there bsingh,

What makes you think it is watered steel? The pictures you provide don't show the blade in any great detail, and even with the large picture it is hard to see much detail in the...
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