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Old 13th January 2018, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default Central Asian (?) knife

There are a few of these around and they come up online fairly often. Somehow I have it in my head that they are Uzbek or Uighur in origin, but I cannot find anything about them online and I have searched here with no luck so far. OAL = 10.5 inches.

I know that someone here will be able to identify it precisely.

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Old 13th January 2018, 08:17 PM   #2
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hello Ian
this knife comes from Slovakia.
nice piece, congratulations
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Are these newly made tourist pieces?
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Old 13th January 2018, 09:18 PM   #4
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hello Ian
this knife comes from Slovakia.
nice piece, congratulations
Chregu:

Thanks very much for your prompt response and clear identification. I've had this knife for many years and often wondered where exactly it came from.

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Old 13th January 2018, 09:24 PM   #5
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what to look for, here is another example from the Oriental Arms website.

Polish/Slovak knife
"This hunting knife is coming from Poland, from the Tatra mountain region in the border of Poland and Slovakia. It is probably late 19 or early 20 C. Finely forged blade 6 inches long with clipped spine and filled back. Very nice grained wood grip with brass mounts and three prongs pommel. Total length 10 inches. Very good condition. Good age patina on the blade. No scabbard."
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Many thanks to you both. Never heard nor seen one of these before.
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Old 14th January 2018, 07:27 AM   #7
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Yes, Tatra Mountains. I was pleased to purchase one of the above from Artzi.
I found one other example, likewise attributed, and a boldly designed sheath, but another search failed to resurrect the information.
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Another example from elsewhere on this site.

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And another from a Polish site with an article written in Polish.

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Plate showing old knives from Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains. These are said to be Polish knives, and lack the three protrusions at the end of the hilt. The two in the middle have a similar blade shape.

The picture is from Holmes, Peasant Art in Austria and Hungary (2014)--see here.

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Thank you Ian for bringing this up, very informative thread!
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Old 15th January 2018, 01:47 PM   #12
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Are these newly made tourist pieces?

they have been made since the middle ages in this sort of style .. no they are mostly made for locals.. these areas have few tourists.. id say they are more decorative now for local souvenirs..
the traditional sheaths are very decorative as well
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I have not seen many of them, you can find them in Switzerland.
know her from a knife exhibition in Austria
from all European knives, that's the only thing missing in my collection
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