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francantolin 22nd October 2021 06:15 PM

WW1-WW2 kindjal ? Stamp/Signature on the blade
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Hello dear members,

I wanted to show you the kindjal I just received,
I don't think it's an old piece but it's authentic,
made for use, not just a deco-glory piece.

A nice bone or ivory piece on one side of the hilt,
backside is horn.

The scabbard is interesting with his back brown leather piece and the leather passing through the iron suspension piece,
the final tip is not original.

The leather parts looks 20th century for me,
a military ''look''
but nothing to compare with regular army beibut dagger swords...

There is a signature on the blade ( arabic script ??)
so it must be a caucasian origin (?)

What do you think ?

Kind regards

francantolin 23rd October 2021 06:46 PM

not a big success :rolleyes:

I found that the back brown leather structure was made for a small side knife

francantolin 23rd October 2021 06:47 PM

For the moment, I'll place my Mont-Blanc pen or my toothbrush:cool:

Gonzoadler 23rd October 2021 09:33 PM


the blade is in my opinion definitely Dagestani, the shape, the fullers and the kind of marking are typical for that reagion. If the complete piece is from Dagestan is difficult to say because of the absence of any decor.
I don't think that it was made especially for military use. For me, your Kindjal was made in the time between 1890 and 1920.
The bone doesn't looks like ivory, but there are detail pictures necessary to assess that.
Such undecorated Kindjals are not so uncommon, I often have seen them on pictures. But it is difficult to say where they were carried.


Edster 23rd October 2021 09:40 PM

This is a tough one for me. The black panel is likely a replacement. The first part of the blade mark is the Arabic letter Jiim. The second one doesn't match anything I've seen. The folded leather piece that attaches the other leather to the metal piece of the scabbard is remindful of how the Russians attached their rifle slings. I read on the Forum they learned it from someone else, but can't recall. Likely from the Muslim part of the Caucasus. Hopefully, someone else will chime in who has some real knowledge.

Edit (Thanks Robin for your ID. I'll support Dagestan at where it was made. You posted while I was writing.)


Oliver Pinchot 24th October 2021 04:53 AM

It's the maker's name. It reads, HAJI.

It's likely Tiflis (Tbilisi) work. Gonzoadler's dating of 1890-1920 is reasonable. However, 1920s-1930s is probably closer.
The grips are potentially antler, bone, or ivory with horn on the reverse. antler and horn. The leather is original and the
suspension tab is rather rare. All in all a nice example that survives in very good shape.

francantolin 24th October 2021 04:52 PM


Thank you all for your precisions/ precious informations and comments,
I was not that wrong with my estimation between WW1 and WW2 :)

Thank's a lot for the translation !!

I'll post close pictures of the ''ivory'' ''Bone'' hilt maybe it can help to fix it.

For the final tip I'll find a small ivory or bone ball to set,
I saw some kindjal with such a piece...

Kind regards

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