The Persian quadarra, one of the most common swords in south-west Asia up until about 1000 AD.
Reminds me of a seax.
Yeah, there's a general resemblance. However, that's the style of point which arose because of Turkish influence. The original quadarras looked like this:
Essentially (and I think this is cool), Persians simply scaled blades up (or down) keeping the same template from kindjals through qamas to quadarras. They just look cool to me. This family of blades has endured unbroken for about 2000yrs now. A longer time than katanas or anything in Europe. Kindjals are still carried in the Caucasus and elsewhere.
This is pretty cool. A hand-cast and hammered replica of the "Maykop Sword" (actually there are nine originals; all were cast from the same mold):
For the time (~3000BC), this was the equivalent of flying an F-16 rather than a WWI biplane. The Maykop culture was incredibly influential. They probably passed on metallurgy and tumulus burials to the Indo-European tribes (who seem to have taught them horse tech), thus affecting the history of the entire planet.
It's interesting that the flail could actually be inspired by medieval art. I have always thought the idea of a chain would make the weapon impractical, more likely to bounce back off your adversary and injure the wielder - or worse get tangled/imbedded in or around an opponent. Maybe the flail could have worked on horseback?
One thing I remember as a kid watching Bruce Lee with the Nunchakus. I watched the videos and managed to imitate his moves - I was very accurate with the old chucks But, when you strike something the nunchakus catapult back, you can go with the flow and gain control again or sometimes you can reduce the force slightly by pulling the nunchaku closer to your body and absorbing a little of the force with your back or grabbing the loose nunchacku with your other hand. A lot of the times you really have to swivel your hips to avoid the nunckakus.
Now, just imagine trying to do that in full armour or on horseback, with an iron ball that weighs alot more than Nunchakus!
Great to see the old forums living on in this new form. Did not post much but lurked a lot in the old days.
Quick question. Is this where we will post our latest acquisitions or should we start a new Cold Hyrkanian Steel thread here? I just wish that I would have saved some pictures of the great weapons that were in the old thread.