SOUVENIRED COLD WEAPONS: SHAMSHIRE
Souvenir knives are an excellent gift for men. It arouses genuine interest in them, as it is a symbol of power, strength and power. With this article we open a series of publications about different types of national, ancient and historical edged weapons. The information presented will be useful to everyone who wants to make a gift to their beloved men, delighting them with one of the weapons. Be sure to consider the interests and preferences of the person being gifted to a particular historical era or state.
Description and history
Shamshir is a Persian saber, the shape of which is curved. It is most common in countries in the Middle East, such as Iran, India and Saudi Arabia. Most historians agree that shamshir is the most interesting and beautiful weapon in Central Asia. It was actively used by Central Asian warriors, and shamshir belongs to cutting types of weapons, it is completely unsuitable for injections due to the strong curvature of the blade.
The appearance of shamshira dates back to the 15th century, when weapons were needed to counter the then existing armor. The blade of the Persian shamshir is rather narrow, but thick (about 0.5 cm), the length varies from 70 cm to 1 m. The manufacturing technology of this weapon is complicated, but in battle it was possible to see its excellent chopping and cutting properties. With a smoothly increasing curvature of the saber, it was possible to hit the enemy even with a shield.
The oldest sabers were made of damask or damask steel. The remaining types of steel were not used for this type of weapon, since the blade, when used repeatedly, could begin to crumble over time. Later instances of shamshira, which were made in the Caucasus, had a wedge-shaped rectangular cross section. Simple steels were used for them, with lower characteristics than their Persian predecessors. And now the souvenir cold steel shamshir is made of hardened stainless steel. Incredibly beautiful samples of any cold steel are produced by the Zlatoust weapons factory.
Shamshir in India was not made of the highest quality steel, but later their blades did not yield to Persian sabers in quality. After the Napoleonic campaigns and battles in Egypt, shamshir became popular in Europe. It was used until the middle of the 19th century. And in Asian countries, the Persian saber was also used in hunting. This can be judged by the preserved images of different scenes. Shamshir is used in modern times, for example, for execution in Saudi Arabia.
Saber design features
Souvenir cold steel
Ephesus Saber Shamshir has a fairly simple design, ending with “balls”. The handle itself can be made of bone or metal, where a notch for the little finger is made. This design was thought out and very reliable, the saber was almost impossible to knock out of the hands of a warrior. There was almost no jewelry on the shamshir, since it is a weapon for battle. One could see only lines written in Arabic and a sheath decoration.
When worn, the shamshir is located on the left of the warrior, in a sheath made of wood and covered with leather or velvet. A slot is not provided at the top of the sheath, as is done with curved Turkish sabers. The shape of the blade allows you to freely lower it and get it out of the scabbard. All metal elements were made of Damascus steel and had notches of gold, which made the weapon graceful and effective.
Ancient weapons and weapons of the Middle Ages are a subject of collecting and study. It is of great historical value. To receive such weapons as a souvenir is a great event for people involved in collecting different types of weapons. Many people have devoted their whole lives to searching for valuable specimens and studying their history. One such person is Edward Oakeshott.
Edward Oakeshott is a British scholarly researcher and collector of medieval swords. This outstanding man died in 2002. Throughout his life he studied the history of medieval weapons. His books and publications are materials used by many famous collectors and weapon researchers. The typology of medieval swords created by him is a universally recognized work. It is used in work by historians, editors of edged weapons and just amateurs.
The typology of medieval swords represents their classification, starting with the 1050 samples. to 1550. It includes a description of all the main types of medieval swords, divided into types and subtypes. The classification of medieval swords by Edward Oakeshott begins with type X, which smoothly continues the classification of Viking swords. Oakeshott’s typology is convenient for those who love and study weapons of the Middle Ages, since it is based on the design and shape of the sword blade, which is the main working part of this type of weapon.
About the life of Edward Oakeshott and his passion for weapons of the Middle Ages
The love of medieval swords, which gradually grew into a lifelong passion, his uncle instilled in Edward in early childhood.