Russian Cossack Shashka


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Description of the Product

The Cossacks were a population of fierce horsemen of the southern Russian steppe, militarily oriented and united more by their way of life rather than ethnicity. In the highly volatile geographic area they were a force to be reckoned with. The Cossacks have stirred the imaginations of romantics for centuries as they have been seen embodying an idealized strife for freedom and a resistance to authority.

The Shashka had developed in the Caucasus during the 12th and 13th centuries, and was later adopted by the Cossacks. As the Russian state became more powerful the Cossacks were sometimes in favor with the tsars, and persecuted at others times. By the 19th century the shashka was, however, a common weapon in the Russian army, and was still used by the Soviet army during World War II.

Our cossack shaska saber is a replica of this horseman's saber with a forward drop that is designed to deliver effective cuts and swings from a horse's back. The slightly curved single-edged blade made of carbon steel has a wide, flat fuller that runs about 4/5 of its length. It has a short ricasso. The short grip made of red brown, carved wood is framed in brass and surrounds the riveted full tang. The brass pommel has the typical shape of an eagle head. It has embossed decoration, including the Soviet hammer and sickle and text CCCP. The hole can be used to attach a wrist strap if desired.
This cossack shashka saber comes with a wooden scabbard covered in black leather with a brass throat and chape.

Approximate dimensions: Total length 95.5 cm
(37.6”). Blade length 81 cm
(31.9”). Blade thickness 6 mm
(1/4”). Blade width 3.2 cm
(1.3”). Grip length: 7.5 cm
(3”). Weight: 1.1 kg
(2.4 lbs). Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

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