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David R 7th July 2022 10:53 AM

Omani Khanjar ?
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Arrived today, 07.07.22, bought via E-bay for a bargain price. E-bat restricts what can be sold in the UK, but the vendor called it a Jambiya, never used the word "blade" and in the pics kept it in the scabbard! He beat the algorithm!
I was glad to see it did have a blade, albeit one of the two part hollow ones.
The "silver" is very thin, and the blade fits the scabbard poorly, to the point where I think that they did not start life together. I am still happy with the piece, it's a handsome display piece and cost about the same as a sit down meal for two in a pizzeria.

Gonzoadler 8th July 2022 02:04 PM

Yes, you are right, it is a recent decorative piece, rather for tourists than for locals. But the mountings are normally made of "real" silver by hand. So it is nonetheless a piece of Omani craftmanship.
The price sounds acceptable. ;)


David R 7th August 2022 06:49 PM

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That thing which happens when you search on Ebay, and it suggests that you might like this.... I am going to take a rest from Khanjar/Jambiya buying until my wallet heals.

Victrix 7th August 2022 09:33 PM

Reminds me of the time when I was in Muscat about 15 years ago. I went to the exotic soukh (market) planning to buy a jambiya to take home. But I could feel the vendors beady eyes follow me everywhere and realized with a sinking heart that I was extremely unlikely to return home with a genuine original piece since there are so many reproductions around for the tourists. I ended up going home without one. Ironically, unless you have special trustworthy local contacts, I reckon itís safer and cheaper to procure one from a Western auction house. :cool:

werecow 7th August 2022 10:08 PM

I've been attending a meetup that sometimes takes place at a bar here in Leiden where they have a jambiya sitting out on a shelf within easy reach of the customers. It seems like leaving big daggers lying around in a place where there is frequent drinking could be a bad idea, but luckily we all are a non-stabby bunch. I'll see if I can take a picture next time.

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