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    Japanese traditional knives are examples of beauty and craftsmanship. What about knives in Slavic cultures? Belarus doesn’t really have a typical Belarusian knife one . Different knives were used in different periods of history. There are knives held in museums dated as far back as 10th century. Women had their own knives that were a little wider. In Rus only free people could carry knives with them in public.

    Knives used in Rus http://slavyanskaya-kultura.ru/slavic/tradition/nozhi-drevnei-rusi.html
    Knives found on the territory of Belarus beginning from the 10th century : https://knifeclub.by/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1391

    These are reconstructions



    Damascus steel made from bike chains and cable by Ukrainian Dmitry Shevchenko
    Many examples of his work: https://sites.google.com/site/damaskshevchenko/-22

    Damascus steel made from cable. Beautiful blade.




    Apparently we have whole forums for knife fans (which, I admit, I’m not). In any case, here’s a few examples (provided by uncle Google):

    Ergenski nozh (bachelor’s knife)

    Karakulak, aka shepherd’s knife

    Foldable knife

    Btw, that reminds me of the old-time hayduti with the knives and pistols in their poyas.



    I’m not aware of any traditional knives, but in my region men used to wear wire instead of belts and laces around their pants when going to kafanas and trade fairs. Wire, unlike a lace stops the knife and that’s how you end up with only a stab wound and not your guts spilled all over the place. But that some two generations ago I think. Most popular knives for such activities are knives with foldable blades. Everyone here still has some kind of foldable blades, often people keep it in cars or (rarely) carry it because of it’s practicality. We call it brica (long i) from britva (straight razor, short i), in Bosnia it’s čakija, I don’t know for other regions. So there is definitely some kind of knife culture here. old fashioned brica:

    Other than that only knives that come to my mind are the ones used for slaughtering pigs and meat processing.
    @NikeBG isn’t that karakulak just a yatagan?



    Yataghans are a bit longer, I think. But, yeah, it’s not too different from it or from the ancient kopis and falcata. Still, the kulatsi are somewhat varied (the main defining element are the “ears” of the handle) and some show a particular connection to the kopis:



    @Dušan , @NikeBG



    This kind of knife was common in Russian empire. In Russia mostly. The name of the knife is ‘zasapozhnik’ (засапожник)  It was a multipurpose knife carried inside the boot used for many things as one would use a foldable knife nowadays.


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    Women’s knife used in households known as kosar’ (косарь) . It was made from broken scythe (kosa), hence ‘kosar’


    Carving knife




    General purpose and popular traditional knife Finka that has origins in traditional Finnish knife Puukko. There are differences between two knives.


    Security police NKVD adopted traditional Finka knife for their purposes. The original variant of NKVD knife (reconstructed)

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    Not exactly traditional. It became legendary bear-hunt knife in Russia. It was popular in royal family of Russia.

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    I quite liked these when I lived on the farm.  I should’ve kept one as a memento.  Required for Cauliflowers.

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    Off-topic post.

    Probably one of the best sharpening system is TSPROF from Russia. It makes a lot of noise of enthusiast forums around the world.

    There are many reviews of TSPROF sharpener on youtube

    On the video , the knife is sharpened on this sharpener so much, that it
    can remove the shavings from the hair. The video is enlarged.
    For a comparison the rod of ballpoint pent is placed next to shavings of hair.




    My grandparents also used a large knife to cut cabbage for sauekraut.

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    Nowadays, people buy Chinese choppers



    How about this?

    I have some Gum trees I need to remove, gonna start practicing.  :#





    Not impressed. He looks as a wanker deserving a good punch on his nose. Men in labour camps of Siberia knew how to cut down trees better.



    If you want to see a self-made quality Tanto (by a Polish guy?) , take a look.


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