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Old 11th June 2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default Knife/dagger identification problem

I don`t have any idea where this knife comes from. I thought maybe Balkans, but I didn`t find anything really similar. Can you help?
The knife is about 25cm long.
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Old 11th June 2011, 12:12 PM   #2
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Is the grip one-piece with a full length stalk tang? Is it horn?
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Old 11th June 2011, 12:41 PM   #3
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For some reason I'm also thinking Balkan/Turkish possibly Greek....

Nice piece!

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Old 12th June 2011, 02:04 AM   #4
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I agree looks Turkish.
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Old 13th June 2011, 12:02 AM   #5
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Grip is made of horn, but I didn`t have it in my hands so far. I`ll write more about it on Tuesday. What`s an English term for the punched embelishments on the blade? It was very common in the whole Carpathian region till WW1/WW2.
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Old 17th June 2011, 03:16 PM   #6
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Is the grip one-piece with a full length stalk tang? Is it horn?


Answer to both questions is YES.

I have found very similar ornaments on the blades of Bosnian and Silesian highlanders` traditional knives (respectively).
Silesian highlanders live on the Czech - Polish border, and are the most north-western descendants of Vallachian shepherds from the Balkans (came in 15th century). The similarities are conspicuous.
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Old 18th June 2011, 10:34 AM   #7
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Such a tang seems more Persian or European than Turkish.
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Old 7th August 2011, 06:55 PM   #8
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This is a Bosnian or Croatian knife. They are called youth knives are worn by young men who were not married.
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