Originally Posted by mahratt
Thank you very much for the photos!
As I am just a novice in the field, I didn't even know these varieties existed!
And they look quite Shashkas to me! Whether they culturally belong to the Caucasian family or not, I believe they qualify for being called Shashkas.
Even if they appeared relatively recently as immitations of the Russian army issued Shashkas, I believe they still need consideration. After all that's how many other weapons appeared, by first copying, then adapting a weapon from a neighbouring nation, from a conquering or even from a conquered army.
Very interesting thread!