Shashkas of Afghanistan

Miloserdov D. (2016). Afganskaja shashka [Shashkas of Afghanistan]. Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie [Weapons History Journal], № 3, pp. 48 — 62. Miloserdov D. Abstract: The article is devoted to shashkas that used to be very popular on the territory of present-day Afghanistan. The article presents the analysis of the primary sources containing references by different observers to the ways of shsashka usage in the above mentioned region. Using indirect indicators the author substantiates shashkas to have been used in Afghanistan as early as from the beginning of the 19th century and refered to under the name of “shashka” already in the second half of the 19th century. Three main types of shashkas used in Afghaistan were pointed out in the article. The first one is the so called Central Asian shashka which is marked with wide and slightly curved blade. The handle of this shashka was usually made of two horn or bone…

The Weaponry Complex of Indian Warrior-ascetics

Kurochkin A. (2016). Kompleks vooruzhenija indijskih asketov [The Weaponry Complex of Indian Warrior-ascetics]. Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie [Weapons History Journal], № 3, pp. 27 — 47. Kurochkin A. Abstract: The article deals with analyzing of the edged weaponry complex used by Indian warrior-ascetics. The complex was unified for all the ascetics units and hence it was quite conservative and invariable. For the time-span of the 17-18th century Indian ascetics units could be corresponded to the knightly orders in the medieval Europe. The ascetics controlled the trade of the precious stones, corrals, raw silk, gold and silver. As mercenaries they changed the service of all great and minor rulers of India including the British. The sanniyasis-nagas mercenaries had a reputation of warriors especially effective as assault infantry and close combat troops and notwithstanding their active usage of firearms they were often equipped with solely edged weapons. The yogas were the first ascetic group who…

On the Problem of the “Amur Swords”

Dobriden S. (2016). K probleme amurskih mechej [On the Problem of the “Amur Swords”]. Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie [Weapons History Journal], № 3, pp. 5 — 26. Dobriden S. Abstract: The author devoted the article to the specific type of edged weapon which could be defined as the “Amur swords” before the special complex investigation is carried on. These are long swords used by the Tungus-Manchurian tribes. On the moment the article was written the author was not aware of any entirely preserved sword either in a museum or a private collection. The most well-preserved item is now in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History. The predominant attitude toward these swords presumes them to be a variant of famous “emus” of the Ainu.  In the article the author substantiates the hypothesis about the local, Tungus-Manchurian, manufacturing of these swords, especially as the Amur peoples and their neighbors practiced the…

Royal Games

Royal Games

16 June – 17 October in Russian State Historical Museum (Moscow) there is the temporary exhibition “Royal Games: the West European arms and armor of the late-Renaissance period from the collection of the Historical Museum”

Historical Weaponology 3 2016

“Weapons History Journal”, 3, 2016

Content Dobriden S. On the Problem of the “Amur Swords” Kurochkin A. The weaponry complex of the Indian warrior-ascetics Miloserdov D. Shashkas of Afghanistan Samgin S. Scientific Legacy by Eduard von Lenz Talantov S. Dragoon Office Cavalry Sword – the Golden Weapon of Emperor Alexander III Chubinsky A. Saber Blades and Pole Arms with “Rolling Pearls” in the Collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums Schindler O. Plated Chain Mails from Count Sheremetev’s Collection Lenz E. Lucca and crescent sign Haidakov K. Review of the article «Typology of Shamshir sword hilt» Download issue in Russian

Zavorotko I. D.

Information about the author Igor D. Zavorotko – private researcher in the field of  the history of cutlery in Russia and USSR, collector, the author of the book “Russian knife: history, marks and attribution of products of craftsmens in Pavlov 1830-1940”, (Moscow, Russia) All of author’s articles On the Manufacturing of the Sabers and Swords in the Pavlovsk Steelworker’s District

Toichkin D. V.

Information about the author Denis V. Toichkin – Ph.D., the Institute of History of Ukraine, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the author of 2 books on history of Cossack cold steel, 47 printed articles, a specialist in the late medieval and early modern history of Eastern European arms and armor (Kiev, Ukraine) All of author’s articles Two 18th Century Sabers of the Balkan Origin from the Collection of Poltava Regional Museum

Khorasani M. M.

Information about the author Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani – is a leading researcher in the area of historical arms and armor from Iran and Iranian military history, doctrines and strategies.  He has published five books.  Among these his book “Arms and Armor from Iran: The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period” and “Lexicon of Arms and Armor from Iran: A Study of Symbols and Terminology” have won the prestigious prize of “World Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran” granted by the Iranian Ministry of Culture.  His sixth book “Persian Fire and Steel: Historical Firearms of Iran” is going to be published soon.  He has published 151 print articles in different journals across the world, many of them are leading academic and military history journals (Frankfurt, German). All of author’s articles A Center of Gunmaking in Iran An annotated translation and description of an untitled Persian…

Historical Weaponology 2 2015

“Weapons History Journal”, 2, 2016

Content Barczewski S. Vietnamese Bladed Melee Weapon of 19th – first half 20th Century. The Problems of Attribution Vetyukov V. Traditional Bladed Weapons of Vietnam. The Problems of Terminology Gorbunov V. Long-bladed Weapons of the Turkish Cavalry Dobriden S., Barczewski S.  The Unique Bronze Dagger from Primorski Territory Zavorotko I. On the Manufacturing of the Sabers and Swords in the Pavlovsk Steelworker’s District Kiziria V. On the Possible Functionality of a Mingrelian Stabbing Dagger in the Light of Analysis of Documented Precedents of Dagger Fighting Kurochkin A. On the Question of Jamdhar Dagger Emergence in the Weapons Complex of the Mughals Miloserdov D. The Question of the Relevance of the Term “Karud” Samgin S. “Non-standard” Soviet Cavalry Swords of the 1927 Year Pattern Toichkin D. Two 18th Century Sabers of the Balkan Origin from the Collection of Poltava Regional Museum Khorasani M., Shafeian H. Ewaz: A Center of Gunmaking in Iran Download issue in Russian