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Old 28th May 2021, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Kurdish jambiya : disappointment, but learning opportunity

Hi everyone,

So today I received this kurdish jambiya. I found it on a second hand website for less than 20 euros, and bought it despite the bad pictures because I assumed that they weren't faked or reproduced much.


However I was disappointed when I received the package, as it feels really cheap. The hilt is made of light wood painted black, the sheath is crudely made, and the blade is very harshly polished. I can't really describe all the issues, but it does feel like a cheap knock-off.



Needless to say that it won't stay with me for long (not a big loss though), but I'm now curious of what's going on here. Is it a fake made to fool careless collector, a copy made for tourists, or even maybe a very crude modern made item intended to be carried by the locals ? I have no idea but would love your opinion on the subject !
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Old 28th May 2021, 08:37 PM   #2
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Not everyone can afford top of the line knives. I don't know the extent of the tourist trade in Kurdistan, but you didn't over-pay.

Since the knife displeases you, by all means pass it along.
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Old 28th May 2021, 09:17 PM   #3
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Don't get me wrong, most of the weapons in my collection are humble functional pieces, but this one feels different. Most of the low grade weapons I own don't look that good from afar but are well made and you can truly appreciate the thoughts and craftsmanship that went into their creation. This one however looks the part, but a lot of shortcuts seems to have been made in terms of craftsmanship and choices of material. It kind of reminds me of modern koumyas (made for visitors) or arabian jambiyas (actually carried by the locals, but as a status symbol and not really as a weapon)
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Old 29th May 2021, 06:36 AM   #4
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Hello,

The hilt is made of light ''bad'' quality wood
but I find the blade not that bad,
( and less than 20 euros is correct for no ? )

If you don't like it , you can give it to a charity resale association
( who sure will sale it again for 20 bucks... )
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Old 29th May 2021, 06:55 AM   #5
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Well, like my Italian friend said, your dagger is not as bad as you described.
To respond to your question it's not a copy but something for collectors and / or tourists, because of all the bits added on the hilt and scabbard...
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Old 29th May 2021, 10:07 AM   #6
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Thank you Kubur, this is indeed the most logical explanation!



Francantolin, indeed I suspect the blade to be older, and that it was harshly polished and reused.



I realise that I sound stingy ^^' but since I don't have a lot to invest in my collection I always buy at bargain prices, unless it's something I really, really, want. I guess having seen a lot of high quality kurdish jambiyas here raised my expectations unreasonably. Anyway, regardless of the value of the knife, I learned something new, which is always nice!
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