What is a Khanjali Dagger / Khanjali Knife?
The Khanjali dagger or knife is a double-edged blade often featuring a single, off-set groove on each side of the blade. This type of weapon has been used in Georgia and the Caucasus since ancient times, and its handle has a guard and pommel extending out of it. Its shape is similar to the Xiphos of ancient Greek and the Roman Gladius.
These Khanjali knives, along with their sheaths, often feature intricate engravings with gold or silver and sometimes jewel inlays. The sheaths normally have a ball point end and the handles are typically crafted from materials such as wood or ivory. The 19th-century Russian writers Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov each composed famous verses centred on this particular weapon.
A dagger known as Khanjali has a curved and sharpened steel blade with two sharp sides and a raised line in the middle. The handle consists of two wooden plates which are held in place with silver rivets, which are both flat and round. A metal border links the handle to the blade, and a golden tassel serves as the quillon.
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