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Old 7th March 2018, 05:30 AM   #1
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Default Syrian Khandjar for translation please

I received this beautiful khanjar in last week,originating from Syria, I believe Damascus produced. Quite well made, heavy, and razor sharp. Blade with colored inserts, scroll work, and untranslated Arabic. The hilt composed of dark horn (goat?), bone, brass tacks and strips. Aqua green colored dot inserts and eggshell blue strips. The sheath is honey brown and is inscribed on the reverse but very faint and hard to capture through a photo. In near complete condition, dated 1952.

Overall Length w/ sheath: 9 3/4" (approx. 24.8cm)
Overall Length: 9 1/4" (approx. 23.5cm)
Blade Length: 5" (approx. 12.7cm)


Can somebody please translate the hilt and blade? Looking to hopefully find out a maker's name or area of production. Attaching photos of some other examples in the collection for comparison.

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Old 7th March 2018, 05:32 AM   #2
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Old 7th March 2018, 08:49 AM   #3
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Hi Geoffrey,

If you search for " magdali ", you'll find a lot...

or Majdali,

they are druze daggers.

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Hi Geoffrey,
As Kubur wrote, this is a Syrian dagger from the type Majdali or Magdali type, named after the Druze village of Majdal Shams on Jabal al Sheikh, or mount Hermon.
A very nice example. I can read 1952 in Arabic numbers and a friend told me it is signed Ali Hussain. It is a little different than classic types made in Majdal Shams itself-you can see those in Artzi's site if you type "magdali" in the search box-so I am not sure about the provenance. It is always difficult with these daggers except when the village name is engraved on the blade.
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Thank you Kubur and Eytan for your information and translation.
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