Dancing with Shashka-Cossack Sabre in Action. Shaska dance performed by a beautiful girl.
Shashka, the legendary weapon of Cossacks, is an elegant and lethal sabre that came to Russia and Ukraine from Caucasus.
Shashka is a special kind of sabre, a very sharp, single-edged, single-handed, and guardless sword. In appearance, the shashka was midway between a full sabre and a straight sword. It had a slightly curved blade, and could be effective for both slashing and thrusting. The blade was either hollowed or fullered.
Shashka has no guard, but a large, curved pommel. The sabre hilt is frequently highly decorated. Shashka was carried in a wooden scabbard that enclosed part of the hilt. It was worn with the cutting edge to the rear, opposite to the sabre.