Good Jambiya Dagger from the Balkan - 0610
Jambiya daggers with this shape of hilt, with the extended tips of the pommel and the cross guard are usually associated with Albania, but actually they are all over the Balkan and sometime in Turkey as well. Mostly dated to the late 19th Century as this exemplar. This one is if very big hilt 7 Ĺ inches long by 3 inches wide (compared to the usual 5 by 2). The hilt is carved from a solid piece of walrus ivory (it should have been a very big tusk to start with). Another interesting point is the blade. Itís core is forged from pattern welded steel where the outer part is forged from plain steel. The scabbard is filigree silver on wood.