Thank you for visiting my site! My name is Kirill A. Rivkin, and I specialize in historical Asian weapons, with the emphasis on:
a. Caucasus, edged weapons and armor in XVI-XIXth century.
b. Medieval nomadic cultures – from Pontic-Caspian Steppe in the West to Japan in the East.
c. Middle East.
What you will find here is various short articles (mostly blog-style rants, but few are actual publications; unlike my earlier studies these tend to be related to the subject of Japanese swords, which is my current area of interest) written by me over the years, reviews and purchase information regarding my books, as well as a number of photographs, both of weapons and other beautiful things.
Nihonto in numbersPosted on 18th December 2018
After posting the statistics regarding “Oriental” weapons I’ve decided to do a similar study on Japanese swords, i.e. combining the results of sales I monitored for the past 10 years. As before, in quite a few cases those had to be extrapolated (hence the round numbers) since some months were simply...
How rare are the Eastern Swords?Posted on 18th December 2018
How rare are historical edged weapons when it comes to things we call Middle Eastern, Islamic, Eastern, Caucasian – basically the whole region we attempted to cover in “A study of the Eastern Swords”? I’ve looked through my database of sales, compiled for the past 10 years and calculated the total number...
Kiyomaro, modern papers and 100% guaranteePosted on 23rd October 2018
At each assembly of American collectors there is always plenty of private talks about supposed issues with this or that kind of papers and various conspiracies involving NBTHK, yakuza or “major Japanese dealers”. It usually boils down to that there are bad papers (green, early Hozon, late TH, NTHK-NPO etc....
Cynical things to learn first in Arms and ArmorPosted on 4th October 2018
I’ve started to write a second portion of my “rules of quality research”, this time dedicated to what I consider most fabulous failures of historical science, but then it became obvious that it is easier to start with Arms and Armor – which as it is day is ridden with...