Middle east & caucasus

Interesting utility Side Knife, Shafra or Al-Khusa with Belt. Arabian Peninsula

15599 Category:

345$ Exl. VAT

Origin: Arabian Peninsula

Date: Early 20 C.

Utility  knives of Saudi Arabia Oman and Yemen are known as Shafra and Al-Khusa. The Shafra goes  together with Omani and Yemeni khanjars, attached to the back of the scabbard. The Al-Khusa is mostly coming as a separate knife attached to the belt or the bandolier in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. See R. Elgood below.

The knife offered here is most probably a form of Al-Khusa. With a single edge curved heavy and fullered blade. Wood handle with silver mounts. Leather covered wood scabbard attached with colored leather strip to a wide leather belt in the style of belts used for Daharia long daggers. The belt is richly decorated with colored leather strips.

Blade 8 inches (20 cm) long. Total length in scabbard 13 inches (33 cm). Length of the extended belt 37 inches (94 cm). Very good condition. Minor losses to the tip of the scabbard and to the belt. Authentic and quite scarce knife and belt. Early 20 C.

Robert Elgood: ” Arms and Armor of Arabia” , page 70 Fig 9.24


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