Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Your 1826 yataghan sports a "usual" blade.
What is interesting about Zeibek yataghans is their length, almost complete lack of decoration and the form and proportions of the blade. They do not have this elegant double-curve and the widening of the blade in the distal third, but are rather simply curved down, of relatively uniform width, often have a T-section and look relatively skinny vs. their exaggerated length. Also, similar to Bulgarian Karakulaks they have an integral bolster.Also, the triangular plates by the handle are very simple, unlike almost any other example.
This makes me believe that by and large Zeibeks did not use mass-produced blades from the Balkans and other large centers, but have created their own separate pattern of the entire weapon that was produced locally from the beginning to the end.
And you are right: the length must have made Zeibek yataghan clumsier than the classic one for a non-mounted warrior.
Did they use them on horseback? Like Caucasian shashkas? :-)
Thanks for starting this discussion.