Kiziria V.

Information about the author Kiziria Vakhtang – M.A., consultant of GFM Studio LLC (production company), freelance consultant of the Arms and Armor department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY, USA) All of author’s articles Western Georgia Broadswords and Sabers with Sloping Hilt without a Crossguard and Their Place in the Evolution of Caucasus Weapons with Long Blade On the Possible Functionality of a Mingrelian Stabbing Dagger in the Light of Analysis of Documented Precedents of Dagger Fighting

Bakradze I.

Information about the author Bakradze Irakliy – Ph.D., Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia) All of author’s articles Western Georgia Broadswords and Sabers with Sloping Hilt without a Crossguard and Their Place in the Evolution of Caucasus Weapons with Long Blade

Anikin K. N.

Information about the author Konstantin N. Anikin – Head of Museum of history and archeology of Central Ural, Sverdlovsk Regional Museum (Yekaterinburg, Russia) All of author’s articles Mineral Surveyor V.F.Ludlov’s Small Sword

Arhangelskiy L.

Information about the author Arkhangelsky Leonid – Russian blacksmith and gunsmith. President of the Union of Blacksmiths of Russia. Author of researches on patterned steels. Korolev (Moscow region) All of author’s articles The “Paren’ knife” – Legends and Facts

Loparev S.

Information about the author Loparev Sergey – M.A. Research interests: the self-made submachine guns used by Belorussian Soviet partisans during World War II, (Minsk, Belarus) All of author’s articles The Self-made Submachine Guns Used by Belorussian Soviet Partisans During World War II

Sheremetev D. A.

Information about the author Denis A. Sheremetev – Leading Researcher, curator of the arsenal of the Russian Museum of Ethnography (St. Petersburg, Russia). Research interests: weapons in traditional culture, symbolism of the weapons, traditional military and hunting practices All of author’s articles For Stabbing or for Cutting? The Ways of Dagger Use by the Caucasus Peoples in the 19th century Weapon as a Party to a Relationship

Western Georgia Broadswords and Sabers with Sloping Hilt without a Crossguard and Their Place in the Evolution of Caucasus Weapons with Long Blade

Bakradze I., Kiziria V. (2015). Zapadno-gruzinskie palashi i sabli s naklonnym jefesom otkrytogo tipa i ih mesto v jevoljucii kavkazskogo dlinnoklinkovogo oruzhija [Western Georgia Broadswords and Sabers with Sloping Hilt without a Crossguard and Their Place in the Evolution of Caucasus Weapons with Long Blade]. Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie [Weapons History Journal], № 1, pp. 5 — 29. Bakradze I. Kiziria V. Abstract: The article is devoted to kabiani khmali, a weapon with long blade which is considerably little known outside Georgia. The authors define it as a type of a cavalry sword which emerged in the end of 17th – beginning of 18th century in Samgrelo and Imeretia in Western Georgia. The whole number of the weapon examples preserved both in museums and private collections is small and many of them are associated with Georgian famous ruling families, noblemen and politicians of the 18th-19th centuries. The authors mark out and analyze…

Editorial

Dear Colleagues, By the beginning of 20th century Russian historical weaponology had already been formed, while during the Soviet period it almost did not develop disappearing not only from the university curriculum, but also specialized publications. Only single materials were published mostly due to archaeological research. Ignoring historical weaponolgy as a historical discipline led not only to the decrease in a number scientific works and experts but also to the shortage of sources, which were concentrated in special repositories with an extremely limited access. Now the situation is improving. Reprinted and adapted republished works of 19th century, recent and absolutely new works by Russian and foreign experts are making up for the shortage of information. The debate environment is being actively formed both as customary conferences and as a new form of debate on specialized websites. Russian historical weaponology is actively developing, and it needs regular systematization and organization on…