Ethnographic Arms & Armour

Go Back   Ethnographic Arms & Armour > Discussion Forums > Ethnographic Weapons

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 27th November 2021, 05:04 PM   #1
Yvain's Avatar
Join Date: May 2017
Location: France
Posts: 134
Default Uzbek pchak

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to show this Uzbek pchak that I bought yesterday (seller's pictures, I haven't received it yet) !

I knew nothing about those knives before buying this one, but I've been reading a bit about them on the forum and I really like them (learning more about Uzbekistan at the same time, a very interesting country) !

I'm pretty sure mine is very recent, but it seems well made, and considering how cheap it was, I couldn't say no to it !
Attached Images
Yvain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th November 2021, 06:03 PM   #2
ariel's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 5,387

Yes, it is recent. They started making them in quantities after dissolution of the USSR and Uzbekistan and Tajikistan becoming independent countries. This one reminds me of Chust, a town in Eastern Uzbekistan close to Tajikistan.
The closer you get to the border between the two, the more ethnic Tajiks you will meet.
Generally, from the very beginning, Uzbeks, a Turcik ethnicity who came to that area at the time of Chingiz Khan and later, were, like all occupants, discriminating against native Tajiks, a Persian- related ethnicity. Bukhara, Samarkand, Khokand, Fergana, the great cities of Central Asia were originally Tajik. Tajiks were pushed out of their lands to the mountains. Even in the USSR, many Tajiks recorded their nationality in the passports as Uzbeks to blend it. The knives of Uzbeks vs. Tajiks have only minor differences if at all. In Uzbekistan your knife is a p'chak, but in Tajikistan it is a Kord, clear reflection of Turcik vs. Farsi languages. The same is with their cuisines: Uzbeks , like all formerly nomadic ethnoses use horse meat and a lot of milk whereas original Tajik cuisine has very limited dairy products and never uses horse meat. Uzbeks eat rice, but Tajiks have legumes . And so on and so forth.
In the original USSR you might have been warned to be very careful about addressing people: calling a native Tajik Uzbek might have been a bad error ( well, fatalities were rare to put it mildly, but it would certainly be an offence).
Both Uzbeks and Tajiks constitute significant proportions of the Afghani population ( borders as such were nonexistent), but there was a major inflow of both groups since the Russian conquest of Khanates, and especially since the Russian communist takeover in the 1920s. Currently, there are ~2 mln Uzbeks and about 9-10 mln Tajiks ( just above a quarter of the total population) in Afghanistan. Northern Afghanistan is by and large a Tajik area. One can still find supposedly Afghani swords and daggers with unmistakable Central Asian ( by and large Tajik) features.
The entire history of that area is fascinating. Central Asian Khanates were capitals of Islamic culture.
This is a topic very well worth studying. You found a great hobby!

Last edited by ariel; 27th November 2021 at 06:17 PM.
ariel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th November 2021, 10:45 AM   #3
Yvain's Avatar
Join Date: May 2017
Location: France
Posts: 134

Hi Ariel,

Thank you for that detailed answer ! It sure is a fascinating area, and I'll definitely try to learn more about it. I've also discovered traditional Uzbek clothing, which is magnificent in my opinion, I now want a chapan !
Yvain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th November 2021, 10:56 PM   #4
gp's Avatar
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 437

not only Uzbeks and Tadzjiks but also Uigurs did & do traditionally make and carry these weapons
gp is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:08 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Posts are regarded as being copyrighted by their authors and the act of posting material is deemed to be a granting of an irrevocable nonexclusive license for display here.