Middle east & caucasus

Rare and Unusual Black Sea Yataghan (Laz Bichaq)

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Origin: North East Turkey

Date: Late 19 C.


The origin of this unusual and rare sword was in a fierce debates between collectors and researchers of blade weapons. It was attributed to the  Caucasus, Kurdistan, North Africa, Turkey, Malaya as well as other origins.  However, most probably it is coming from North / East Turkey and found in neighboring  trans Caucasian areas as well. It is best known as “Black Sea”  Yataghan or “Laz Bichaq”. The Laz name is derived from the Ethnic group of Laz (or Lazi) people inhabiting the south east shores of the black sea near the Turkey – Georgia border.


The Laz Bichaq sword is characterized by the deeply re-curving narrow and long single edge blade and bifurcated horn pommel – a rather unusual shape  for a fighting sword. But the fact that this sword maintained it peculiar shape for centuries speak for itself in its favor.


The Laz Bichaq sword offered here is of the classical form but with some exceptional features. The blade is nicely fullered, inlaid with brass lines  and inscribed in Arabic letters: Allah and Subhan Allah (Glory to Allah). Classical shape handle with forked black horn pommel.  Original and complete scabbard, bound with the original leather cover and mounted with big iron locket and chape richly inlaid with silver floral motives. Such original scabbard is quite scarce and hard to find.

Blade 23inches. Total length 32 inches. Very good  condition. Minor chips on the pommel horn and later grip cover. Small repairs on the scabbard. original and authentic sword, late 19 – early 20 C.



About item 15169

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