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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2022, 01:39 AM
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Posted By ariel
Jose, Between this sword’s B’day and its...

Jose,
Between this sword’s B’day and its transition to Kronk’s Oops corner there were not enough days (not years! ) to form a patina layer thicker than a single atom:-)
Kronk, buddy, I feel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 829
Posted By ariel
Please watch your Google Translator: “shashka” is...

Please watch your Google Translator: “shashka” is not translated as “ checker”.

Checker is a nonexistent singular of English “ checkers”, a board game that in Russian is called “ shashki”....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 457
Posted By ariel
Yup. Old and trusty Khyber Knife as per Brits. ...

Yup. Old and trusty Khyber Knife as per Brits.
They took the real local name "selavah", transiterated it into English as "Salavar", noticed that many of them had recurved bladed and,... voila!...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2022, 07:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By ariel
Gonzoadler: It looks suspiciously like a very...

Gonzoadler:
It looks suspiciously like a very recent Georgian tourist thingie.
The blade is local, new. The decoration ( filigree) is very popular there these days: it is one of the most...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By ariel
redlazzytrasher: It IS Saudi. The reason...

redlazzytrasher:

It IS Saudi.
The reason for such an attribution is the Pommel.
Persian pommels are 90 degrees off the hilt.
Syrian ones point down.
Saudi ones point up.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2022, 04:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By ariel
sorry

sorry
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2022, 09:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 909
Posted By ariel
Your " elephant" axe with a hidden dagger...

Your " elephant" axe with a hidden dagger strongly reminds me of the Kutch Bhuj ( or Gandasa, as per Elgood): those traditionally have elephant head on the basis of the blade ( another name for them...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2022, 12:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 829
Posted By ariel
A very nice one! Typical Afghani pseudo-...

A very nice one!
Typical Afghani pseudo- shashka ( using Lebedynsky's careful definition).
Interesting that the blade has " indian ricasso". A lot of higher class Afghani blades were imported...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2022, 11:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By ariel
Good examples. Indian Gupti takes the silver,...

Good examples.
Indian Gupti takes the silver, but the gold goes to China.
Nice start of Winter Olympics:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2022, 02:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 909
Posted By ariel
I am wondering whether it might be...

I am wondering whether it might be ceremonial/parade rather than war axe.
The fighting ones had blades very thick close to the head and narrowing toward the edge: a "V" -like construction when...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2022, 02:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By ariel
Yes, the blade almost certainly is a shortened...

Yes, the blade almost certainly is a shortened Jian . But the handle does look Indian. I would guess that overall it is a composite Sino-Indian Gupti.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2022, 03:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By ariel
Beautiful ! Do they still manufacture such...

Beautiful !
Do they still manufacture such boots in Tatarstan ? We would be talking about many thousands $$$ per pair. There are Air Jordans and Nikes selling for $ 1 million.
The market is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2022, 05:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By ariel
I am not surprized at all by the appearance of...

I am not surprized at all by the appearance of wire stirch on the scabbards of Bedouin Sabers.
This stitch was endemic all over the Ottoman Empire. Sinai and Negev, the origins of those sabers,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2021, 07:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 833
Posted By ariel
Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year to all! And...

Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year to all!
And let’s not forget the most optimistic date of all: December 21 is the shortest day of the year, but from there on days are getting longer and longer! May...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2021, 03:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,260
Posted By ariel
There are Ottoman swords mixing Ottoman handle/...

There are Ottoman swords mixing Ottoman handle/ crossguard with Persian or Persian -style blade. Ottoman called them Kilij Adjemi : Persian Kilij.
Thus, I would not be surprised to encounter an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,943
Posted By ariel
I am all for it. As long as the names we use are...

I am all for it. As long as the names we use are their native ones and we use them correctly.
And, yes, karud is my pet peeve:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 06:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,943
Posted By ariel
Nothing was meant to contradict you; if you read...

Nothing was meant to contradict you; if you read it as an attack, I apologize, I did not mean to offend you or anybody. The " Name Game" was specifically addressed to to the " kindjal-tanto" type...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 05:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,233
Posted By ariel
Apparently. very flexible Pata blades were...

Apparently. very flexible Pata blades were popular among the Mahratta irregular cavalry, the Ghoracharra.
They attacked their enemy en masse, delivered one or two strikes and rode back in a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2021, 12:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,943
Posted By ariel
In societies with significant Persian influence...

In societies with significant Persian influence it would be called " shamshir"
In those with Arabic influence it would be called " saif"

Just like Yemeni and Omani daggers: even though they are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,134
Posted By ariel
My guess it is more likely Ottoman. ...

My guess it is more likely Ottoman.
Koftgari-ed date was likely polished off. Again,-my guess,- 18 century, less likely early 19, possibly 17:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 90,825
Posted By ariel
Arrow Thanks Ian!

Thanks Ian!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2021, 04:56 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 90,825
Posted By ariel
Years ago I saw a TV program dealing with the...

Years ago I saw a TV program dealing with the situation in Moro lands. Political violence was still in full blast. It was led by Moro Islamic Liberation Front ( MILF), Abu Sayyaf Group and ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2021, 04:43 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 90,825
Posted By ariel
Couple of months ago there were 3 barungs offered...

Couple of months ago there were 3 barungs offered by a respectable auction house. Two were very handsome, and went for ~$1,500 ( as far as I remember).
The third one was very simple and even had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,972
Posted By ariel
Downed planes were an important source of...

Downed planes were an important source of aluminum for SE Asia natives.
To the best of my knowledge Dahomey was never bombed during WW2.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,972
Posted By ariel
AFAIK, neither Waldensians nor Genoese/Venetian...

AFAIK, neither Waldensians nor Genoese/Venetian traders ever reached Dahomey. IMHO, we are faced with a classical case of parallel development.
Central European Kords ( Bauernwehrs) and Afghani...
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