battle axe

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Hazard 4 Battle Axe

Marketed as a discrete rifle case disguised as a guitar case. There is enough room to actually put a real full size electric guitar in there, although it may be tight if you have your rifle packed. Comes only in Coyote Tan and Black at the moment, the shoulder strap is sold separately. MSRP is about $199. (GRH)

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As Earle Bergey is to Barbarella, Allan Anderson is to Xena Warrior-Princess.

While Bergey’s cover girls were all cutesy miniskirts & ray guns, Anderson’s were chain-mail & badass battle-axes. And none more so than his Black Amazon of Mars.

Planet Stories, March 1951.

And Leigh Brackett, Leigh. Eff-ing. Brackett. Known as the “Queen of Space Opera”, one of the best and most prolific of all the women pulp writers, she wrote dozens of short stories & novelettes for Planet Stories, Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories throughout the forties & fifties before starting a jaw dropping screenwriting career.

Her first hollywood gig? Co-writing the adaptation of The Big Sleep…with William Faulkner. She then wrote a series of westerns for John Wayne before returning to the works of Raymond Chandler with Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.

Her Final hollywood work? A little flick called Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

The Queen of Space Opera? All hail the Queen.

#mypulpfinds

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Battle Axe (Tabar-i-Zin)

  • Signed Blade: Al Hāj Hāji Mohammad Esmāil Arbāb
  • Dated: 19th century
  • Culture: Persia (Iran)
  • Medium: steel, gold, silver
  • Measurements: overall length: 75 cm; blade diameter: 18 cm

Steel axe with a crescent shaped head and single-edged blade. Both sides of the blade reveal a chiselled and gold encrusted decoration, with a large central cartouche filled by an inscription in nasta’liq or Persian calligraphy. On the outside of the cartouche there are two other with Arabic and Persian inscriptions.

Another motif of pearl friezes accompanies and defines some areas in the blade’s profile. This motif is repeated in the reverse of the blade. In the hilt the decoration is engraved and encrusted with silver in interlaced floral motifs, in a continuous pattern filling the whole surface.

The reading of the inscriptions allows identification of the axe’s age of manufacture, manufacturer and the royal commissioner who made the order. In these can be read:

On the right side of the axe, at the top (in Arabic): Yā Qādthi al Hājāt - ﻴﺎﻘﺎﻀﻰﺍﻠﺤﺎﺠﺎﺖ, meaning “Oh fulfiller of Wishes.”

In the middle (in Persian): Tabarzin be xun-e yalān gašte qarq -  ﺗﺑﺮﺯﻴﻦﺑﻪﺨﻭﻥﻴﻼﻦﮔﺷﺘﻪﻏﺮﻖ, meaning “The axe was bathed in the blood of the brave.”

On the right side (in Persian): Be farmāyeš jenāb-e Soltān Ašraf - ﺴﻠﻁﺎﻦﺍﺷﺮﻑ ﺟﻧﺎﺏ ﻔﺮﻤﺎﻴﺶ ﺑﻪ, meaning “By order of his Excellency, the King.”

On the left side (in Persian; the name of the weapon smith): Al Hāj Hāji Mohammad Esmāil Arbāb - ﺤﺎﺠﻰﻤﺤﻤﺪﺍﺴﻤﺎﻋﻴﻝﺍﺮﺑﺎﺏ ﺍﻠﺤﺎﺝ

On the left side of the axe, at the top (in Arabic): Yā Kāfi al Mohemmāt - ﻴﺎﻜﺎﻔﻰﺍﻟﻤﻬﻤﺎﺕ, meaning “O maker of great feats.”

In the middle (in Persian): Tabarzin be xun-e yalān gašte qarq -  ﺗﺑﺮﺯﻴﻦﺑﻪﺨﻭﻥﻴﻼﻦﮔﺷﺘﻪﻏﺮﻖ, meaning “The axe was bathed in the blood of the brave”.Čo tāj-e xorusān jangi be farq - ﭼﻭﺘﺎﺝﺧﺭﻭﺴﺎﻦﺟﻧﮕﻰﺑﻪﻔﺮﻖ, meaning “As in the crests on the heads of fighting cockerels.”

On the right side (in Persian): Be farmāyeš jenāb-e Soltān Ašraf - ﺴﻠﻁﺎﻦﺍﺷﺮﻑ ﺟﻧﺎﺏ ﻔﺮﻤﺎﻴﺶ ﺑﻪ, meaning “By order of his Excellency, the King.”

On the left side (in Persian; the name of the weapon smith): Al Hāj Hāji Mohammad Esmāil Arbāb - ﺤﺎﺠﻰﻤﺤﻤﺪﺍﺴﻤﺎﻋﻴﻝﺍﺮﺑﺎﺏ ﺍﻠﺤﺎﺝ

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