Arab Knife / Dagger Shafra with Silver Handle - 7858

This small knife is called in Arabic as Shafra or Kusha. It is carried in attached to the rear side of the wide belt behind the Jambiya (Khanjar) dagger. It is found all over The Arabian peninsula id varying shapes. Here the blade is 5 inches long, heavy, down curving with a shallow fuller. The grip is engraved silver. This dagger comes in a well made leather covered scabbard. Total length 9 inches. It should be noted here that several sources (Stone, Egerton and others) identify this type of knife as Nepali, probably due to the blade shape and curvature. Very good condition. Old age patina on the blade.