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Old 24th September 2021, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default What type of Arabic dagger is this

I came across photos of this style of daggers but I wasn't able to find anything about it, your help would be appreciated


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Old 25th September 2021, 01:10 AM   #2
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This is a Shafra knife. This dagger is common in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman.
It can be of different sizes and styles, used together with a Jambiya or separately.
According to the design style, I think yours Shafra is from Saudi Arabia.
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Old 25th September 2021, 10:08 AM   #3
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The subject dagger is an Al Mahri Khanjar, not a Shafra. (A Shafra is a small utility knife often worn behind a Jambiya) Refer Elgoods Arms and Armour of Arabia.
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Old 25th September 2021, 11:07 AM   #4
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Looks like you BOTH are correct. where does a shafra stop and a jambiyah/khanjar start or visa versa. round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows... I'm guessing the original author of the description meant 'pick' not 'pike' as it is s bit short for even a half-pike.
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Thank you, Stu and kronckew.
I always thought that these two daggers have the same name.
They are really easy to mixed up.
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Old 25th September 2021, 12:31 PM   #6
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Looks like you BOTH are correct. where does a shafra stop and a jambiyah/khanjar start or visa versa. round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows... I'm guessing the original author of the description meant 'pick' not 'pike' as it is s bit short for even a half-pike.
Does anyone know if this "pick" is a marl spike for ropes or for some other purpose?
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