What do you guys collect?

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by ckill1, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. DesertRose

    DesertRose New Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    The first one is a style of Jambiya. The second one, I have seen written as a "sleeve knife" used by the Tuareg. Nice examples.

    Love the story behind the Borneo Kriss.
  2. stede

    stede Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    DesertRose- I collect 19th century sword bayonets and have a particular interest in markings... so dish on the meaning of your blade stamping! ;)

  3. Forsaken72

    Forsaken72 New Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Recently purchased a masuhiro katana. not the quality i had preferred but better than those cheap thing youll find at the mall. At least its hand forged.
  4. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Thanks for catching the "missing" Jambiya label - had it in my notes but forgot to type in.
    As to the "sleeve knife" - I've looked for a couple years on the internet to ID this piece and the closest I could get, based up the triangular blade is what I posted. PLEASE give me some hints on where to look for info on bladed weapons so I can get better IDs. The leather sheath for that triangular piece kind of throws me, especially with the shaped tail. Thanks.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
  5. DesertRose

    DesertRose New Member

    Jan 14, 2012

    If you mean the armourer's mark on the photos I posted....the "K over the Anvil" has been my husband's mark since he began in the 1950s. Then in the late 90's he added a "B" underneath the anvil when our son began helping him the shop forging blades.

    To Jim Hauff,
    Most of our reference books deal with European weaponry however. I have a few books that show Middle Eastern weaponry. Since going online in the mid 90s, I made a habit of looking around for any references that would help "fill out" any gaps. As my husband makes edged weaponry of different periods and cultures, it is best to be prepared.

    At first, it was pretty meager but eventually, museums and even collectors began putting their databases online. Because of what my husband and I do, we knew reenactors who had some exotic/ethnic pieces to show. Eventually I found and have a few arms and armour forums bookmarked which I have found helpful in the past. That may likely have something we don't have in our offline reference library.

    So I have come across online references online of Tuaregs using sleeve knives and remember seeing one, recently, with a similar style scabbard. These were worn up on the forearm usually with a short strap like this one

    That forum you might find helpful and I know members of the Ethnographic Arms & Armour forum would be very happy to help you. For example, here is a thread about Tuareg daggers from there.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  6. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Desert Rose,
    Thanks for the link! I just signed up on the site. Spent 2 hours scanning back into old postings - very interesting stuff. I'm tempted to sell all the H&Rs and get into collecting bladed stuff. Thanks again. Can't wait till I'm accepted as a member and can begin posting.
  7. MSGT-R

    MSGT-R Active Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Wow, there's some nice stuff being posted in here!
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