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Khyber Knife Information

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Does anyone know where I might find information about Khyber knives? Historical, Technical, Evaluating, pretty much any information would be welcome.

 

Thanks,

 

Richard

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LastRonin  - Information on any type would be welcome but I’m mostly interested in the larger one. I am familiar with the shorter one being called pesh-kabz but have never seen a name use other than Khyber used to describe the longer variety.

Gergely – I had discovered that site in my search for information and am in the process of purchasing one of the items:

 
http://www.oriental-arms.com/item.php?id=5694

 

The seller claims it is late 19th century, it would be nice if I could find information that would let me confirm if that is correct or not once I have it. My goal other then learning about things I find interesting is to make one at some point and I want to gather enough information to try and do it accurately.

If there are any books that cover these in any detail I would love to know, I like books as much as I like knives.

 

Thanks for the responses,

Richard

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Hi Richard,

 

I'd try this two:

 

Anthony C. Tirri: Islamic Weapons: Maghrib to Moghul. Indigo Publishing, 2003

Manouchehr Moshtatgh Khorasani: Arms and Armor from Iran: The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period. Legat-Verlag GmbH KG, 2006

 

Although I have not read these, so I can't tell you whether these include information about khyber knives or not. Or how much and useful knowledge you can acquire from them. So I suppose better using a library first.

 

BTW library, check this out:

https://archive.org/search.php?query=arms%20armor%20AND%20mediatype%3Atexts

 

it is an awesome collection of free digitalized books and stuff.

 

Bests

 

Gergely

 

PS: I've looked that seller of yours' site for a 5-6 years and haven't found it very questionable. This just my opinion, of course.

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I just checked that khyber knife you are about to buy. I'd say the dating seems to be all right. (Based on my limited experience as a collector of old ethnic blades. (No guaranties though :) )

 

And it's always good to check ebay. There are some (mainly British) sellers with trustable knowledge about these kind of blades.

 

G

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I've added both books to my want list and I think I may spend a lot of time at archive.org.

 

Thanks

 

Richard

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swordforum.com is where I would ask  there is a subforun devoted to Antique and Military weapons as well as one dedicated to kukri's that might direct you to the best location.  (I was on it for many many years, back in the warangel days!)

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Thanks Thomas, I have just registered at swordforum and will spend some time reading what is there.

 

Richard

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