Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Another addition from my own collection.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
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.
This sword is not a catalog entry, but Will’s obvious passion and skill for recreating this sword type deserves a front page post.
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!
Monday, December 23, 2013
Holiday greetings from Takouba.org! The front page hasn’t been updated in a while but much background work has continued over the last few months. New pieces are in the catalog (90 at last count) and a very large article is in the works.
As always, submissions are gratefully received. In 2014 the milestone of 100 swords in the database should be achieved. That’s one of the largest organized collections of a specific sword type online to my knowledge.
This could not have occurred without the kind support of friends and colleagues, who often send swords my way for examination.
Besides the milestone of 100 swords there are a few other projects planned for 2014, the main one being hopefully a museum visit and report.
For now I’ll just leave a bit of color in the spirit of the season.
I wish all of you the very best in your collecting endeavors in the new year.