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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-sabre of Cossacks

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.


Shashka dance

Shashka sabres