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A Repro Sarmatian Akinakes
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The Sarmatian akinakes was famed for being carried strapped to the outside of the right thigh, and two versions were popular: an early curved rectangular-pommel style, and a later ringed-pommel. For my kit, I chose the earlier design:
[attachment=512]akinakesequipmentbelt003.JPG[/attachment]
The illustration shows three sizes, two with narrow blades like a dagger.

Shopping around, I discovered Windlass Steelcrafts made something similar. Here it is with a prototype "holster." Originally, the sheath and holster were all one unit, either leather or metal.
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All I had to do was figure out how the akinakes was actually worn. Not an easy assignment. Here is a non-technical "first idea" on a painting of a Sarmatian warrioress that I did back in 2007.
[attachment=514]akinakesequipmentbelt001.JPG[/attachment]

The reality of it was a little different.:roll: See the post-- "Sarmatian Equipment Belt & Attachments."


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Alan J. Campbell

member of Legio III Cyrenaica and the Uncouth Barbarians

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The Demon's Door Bolt (2011)
Forging the Blade (2012)

"It's good to be king. Even when you're dead!"
             Old Yuezhi/Pazyrk proverb
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#2
Salve or Alanic/Ossetian 'Ushta te',
here is the Russian archaeologist approach to akinakes' carriage http://history.novosibdom.ru/node/49
also there is an interesting article by A.S. Skripkin (2000 -Volgograd) on the Sarmatian culture and its Han (Chinese) links, including Orlat.
Alanus
Some more article and books to look at and study: (perhaps you already did)
It is interesting that Russian found huge swords from III century BC Sarmatian kurgans in the Volga region, but with short handle/grip, almost like the later Ottoman Turkish and Polish 'koncerz' (estock).
Also Kozhukhov (1999) wrote an article about Kuban Sarmatians and their weaponry and armor - eg amazing helmets sort of the type described by the 'Shahnameh' for Rustam etc, and several swords, and armor reconstruction.
And fine monograph on the Sarmatian warfare and weaponry by Khazanov (1971)
bachmat66 (Dariusz T. Wielec)
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Ushta te, Bachmat66

Thanks for more! I just saved them all to file. Good stuff!
It looks like I wasn't too far off on how to strap on the akinakes.:lol:

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Alan J. Campbell

member of Legio III Cyrenaica and the Uncouth Barbarians

Author of:
The Demon's Door Bolt (2011)
Forging the Blade (2012)

"It's good to be king. Even when you're dead!"
             Old Yuezhi/Pazyrk proverb
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