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Title Kindjhal or Quarma, Georgian or Armenian
Nationality Russian
Period c 1860

This kindjhal comes from the border region in the Caucasus mountains, could be of Turkish or Russian origin. This was the classic mountaineer's knife, still carried in these regions on special occasions, the more regular weapon now being an AK47! The hilt is brass mounted with a nice, fat fighting grip made of buffalo horn.

The grip has had some restoration with a resin-based filler replacing old woodworm damage. The blade is 16.5 inches long with a gold poincon on either side, almost certainly the maker's mark. It appears to consist of a crown over a three-headed serpent (a hydra, perhaps?), see detail photos. The scabbard is in reasonable order for its age, wood with a leather covering and brass mounts.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Russian : 19th Century]


Hi, sword arrived, terrific, love it! Onto the next!

B N, USA, 13.07.2019

Hi Chris, just to let you know it arrived safely and I am very happy with it, also the condition. I have been looking for a while for that particular style and maker.. Thanks again for everything and I shall now be keeping an eye on your web page.

C A, UK, 28.09.2010