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Sebastian Szukalski





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PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep, 2017 12:30 am    Post subject: My oldest sword - wootz shamshir circa 1600         Reply with quote

Full video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJoAO7ukA1U

Specs:

Total Length: 96cm

Blade Length: 84cm

Weight: 795 grams



If I'm not mistaken, the inlaid signature (which is worse for wear) is the shortform of Assad Allah Al Isfahani, a prolific bladesmith from between roughly 1580-1628. There are many blades signed with his name (and later on stamped with it or a lion) but the koftgari style and the steel used seem to indicate this is one of the older ones. Please correct me if I'm wrong.



I think the wootz is Kara Khorasan wootz (black wootz from the Khorasan Region) - it has a distinct styling, being dark with fine light swirls. Might be kara taban, I am no expert.



The blade has gone through repeated resharpening during its lifetime, probably quite some time ago. It is still quite a substantial blade, and feels almost tip heavy, with significant blade presence.
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Thu 07 Sep, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Assadullah is kind of like Ulfberht or Andrea Ferrara in the West. There are far too many blades stamped with his name from too wide a span of space and time to realistically be the product of an individual smith (or even a single workshop).
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Eric S




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PostPosted: Fri 08 Sep, 2017 3:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks Persian, very hard to date, how about some more images of the hilt, does it have a scabbard?
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