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    Kremlin armoury curator?

    Hi all,
    I will be in Moscow in a few days and was wondering if anyone has contacts for the Kremlin armory, arms and armour curator. Thanks!
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    Hello, Nice blade. It is very interesting. Try a...

    Hello,
    Nice blade. It is very interesting. Try a moist tea bag (black not green) anything with acid can start corrosion but the tannins in the tea actually protect the iron. I have used it to...
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    Sticky: Fyi

    HI all, FYI a book is currently being put together on the Study and Conservation of Indian arms and Armour. It will have a number of contributions from scholars in the field. I do not know when it is...
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    Hi Emanuel, It is not particularly flexable. I...

    Hi Emanuel,
    It is not particularly flexable. I am wondering if it is a different version/interpretation of a Dhu l-fakar because of the scalloped edges and the notched point. I know it does not...
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    Thanks Emanuel, I had looked at Artzi site but...

    Thanks Emanuel, I had looked at Artzi site but did not see that one. I found this link too, which has a very similar grip.
    http://therionarms.com/antiques/ttoy387.html
    and...call me Ann or Dr. Ann...
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    Thanks Emanual, I was thinking along those lines...

    Thanks Emanual,
    I was thinking along those lines but all the ones I have seen have been straight blades. I have seen a similar grip but not a similar blade.
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    Anyone know what this is?

    Hello all!!!
    I picked this up yesterday because it appears to originally have been well made and was interesting:confused: . It is about 24 inches / 60 cm long with traces of silver kofgari on the...
  8. It is wonderful to see so much research going on!...

    It is wonderful to see so much research going on! How I would love to set up such a program here in the US.
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    Hi Sue, Sorry for the late responce, you are...

    Hi Sue,
    Sorry for the late responce, you are probably done by now! Have you found much information or something to specialize in researching? Central Asian swords are difficult to study unless you...
  10. Hi Jan and Greg, Some tidbits...it appears at...

    Hi Jan and Greg,
    Some tidbits...it appears at Merv they did not prefire the crucibles, just air dry to a leather hard state. Yes, I know that is conterintuitive, but isn't all things related to...
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    Sticky: Great discussions, very usefull! I must dig out...

    Great discussions, very usefull! I must dig out my Verhoeven papers again.
    Greg, do I have your permission to use your pic (with reference to you of course) to illustrate how a quick cooled ingot...
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    Sticky: Thanks Greg for the info, VERY important...

    Thanks Greg for the info, VERY important observations when trying to figure out provenance of blades and technology. I think I would like to analyses some ingots before and after annealing to see...
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    Sticky: Hi Greg, I have a gut feeling that the roasting...

    Hi Greg,
    I have a gut feeling that the roasting time won't enlarge the pattern because the dendritic structure is already in place, but I could be wrong. I think it is important to note the...
  14. HI Greg, Great! That is why they are called...

    HI Greg,
    Great! That is why they are called "experiments", it is an excuse to try something new.
    My next try is pomagranate juice. Wine and tea work because the tannins deposit differently on the...
  15. Thanks Paul, you made me look up my info which...

    Thanks Paul, you made me look up my info which will explain why I got a different result from Greg. That is what happens when I rely on my memory from work I did a few years ago.

    For what it is...
  16. Hi Greg, Yes, firing times vary between 1 hour...

    Hi Greg,
    Yes, firing times vary between 1 hour to 25, cooling rates vary from cooled with water while still hot to left in furnace to cool. Also, number of crucibles in furnace vary from 1 to 59. ...
  17. Hi Greg, I did not "etch" it for an hour, just...

    Hi Greg,
    I did not "etch" it for an hour, just rubbed it on with a cotton ball. It may be the trace elements in the Ferric Sulphate, or elements in the steel. I have to see if I can get the...
  18. Hi Greg, I had a different result when I used a...

    Hi Greg,
    I had a different result when I used a lump of cheap iron sulpate in distilled water. A faint pattern appeared and the surface had a beautiful golden sheen (I was keeping this a secret). ...
  19. Hi All, Bronson's paper (Archaeomaterials, 1986)...

    Hi All,
    Bronson's paper (Archaeomaterials, 1986) gives a summary of the different crucible shapes and compositions, as well as furnace designs and crucible charges based on ethnographic evidence....
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    Best wishes for the Holidays and a happy,...

    Best wishes for the Holidays and a happy, prosporus, and healthy New Year to everyone!:-)
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    I can't wait to hear about your new findings!!!

    I can't wait to hear about your new findings!!!
  22. Hi Jan, Sorry for the delay in responding. While...

    Hi Jan,
    Sorry for the delay in responding. While we can't, at this point, PROVE that the smiths knew about the importance of the cooling rate, there is evidence that in southern India they cooled...
  23. Hi Jan, I think the hole in the furnace is just...

    Hi Jan,
    I think the hole in the furnace is just to take out the crucibles.... Interesting observation about rust and the "boiling". That helps quite alot.

    Thank you for asking if "Historically is...
  24. Hey Jason, For a basic definition see my...

    Hey Jason,
    For a basic definition see my website:
    http://home.att.net/~moltenmuse/

    That should help! I start at the beginning and assume nothing!
  25. It is already done:eek: ! Microprobed slag,...

    It is already done:eek: ! Microprobed slag, prills, crucible wall, even the atmosphere inside the crucible and the furnace design. What I want is time the process took (not including cooling rate...
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