Original 19th Century Persian Afghan Choora Armor Piercing Dagger

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This Afghan Choora (Chhurá) Dagger dates from the early to middle 19th Century. It is mounted with a T-shaped blade that measures 9 inches in length. The blade remains in nice condition with only minor staining. The horn grips are mounted in muted silver covered with engraved decoration. A beautiful but lethal dagger designed for a specific purpose. Overall measuring 13 inches in length.

The Choora is the knife the Mahsud, a tribe of the Khyber pass area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. This dagger is a member of the family of knives known by various names. Although this knife is believed to be from Afghanistan, the same type of knife, called a Pesh-Kabz or Pishqabz (foregrip), is also found in Northern India, Persia and central Asia. This type of weapon was widely used in all areas of North India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other central Asian countries. The purpose of the weapon is to penetrate mail armor, and for that purpose they can hardly be improved. They all have a similar shape of blade and differ in the shape of hilt and decoration.

The blade of a Pesh-Kabz / Choora is one its most striking features. The blade has a T cross-section, with a pronounced back and a strong, slender tip. As a rule, the blade is straight.

This knife is obviously intended for forcing an opening in mail; and as a piece of engineering design it could hardly be improved upon for this purpose. (Stone, Arms and Armour, p.494)

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