Originally Posted by mariusgmioc
Being lavishly and elaborately decorated doesn't prevent it from being an excellent fighting weapon. It might have simply been comissioned for a high ranking local leader or was intended as a present for an important person. Let's not forget that the Shashka is also part of the national attire in the Caucasus area and is considered a status symbol.
Anyhow, the workmanship of the blade appears to qualify this one as an excellent cutting blade.
But I guess it is quite important to know if the blade has a sharp cutting edge or not as, this may be quite important in establishing its purpose.