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The Takouba Research Society

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Many new additions to the catalog and a milestone


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Quite a few swords have been added recently.

Including several with fine European blades. There is also a milestone in the catalog, #100 from a new contributor!

Takouba 100
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Other additions include…

Takouba 97
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Takouba 99
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Takouba 101
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Takouba 33 restored and updated images


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Takouba 33, my personal favorite and prized possession is recently back with me after being out for a few months for a well deserved restoration.

The purpose was to conserve and protect the sword against the deeply set rust and grime that it came to me with. It is now in excellent condition and showcases better than ever it’s many unique and important features.

To recap - this is a mid to late 14th century blade with gold inlay in the blade marks and the hilt is exceptionally old as well.

I am very proud to own it and overjoyed to have it back in my hands. I invite you to take a look at the new images and see it in the state it deserves to be seen in.

Takouba 33
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Number 96 in the catalog


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Another addition from my own collection.

Takouba 96
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Two more additions


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Only 5 swords to go to 100!

Takouba 94
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Takouba 95
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Contributor’s takouba replica


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One of our contributors, Will Goodwin, was kind enough to share some photos of a takouba replica he undertook. The result is impressive, particularly the attention to detail in the hilt construction. Will notes the hilt was much more difficult than he anticipated to produce and inspired increased respected for the original African smiths and cutlers who produced these.

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This sword is not a catalog entry, but Will’s obvious passion and skill for recreating this sword type deserves a front page post.

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As far as I’m aware he’s one of the very few modern smiths out there to try it if not the only one!

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Submit your takouba

If you own a takouba please submit it for the website! Submit your sword


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Want to buy takouba?

Sometimes items from my own collection are released, other times I can help a collector find the piece they are looking for. This is not a commercial service, just part of promoting the sword type and looking to help other collectors with similar interests. Simply get in touch via the contact form.


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