The Shasqua (or Shashka) is an exceptional sabre, favored throughout Russia, especially by the fierce Cossack warriors who first popularized its use. Its genesis is enigmatic, but it is suspected to have evolved from a large knife used by the ancient Cossacks for agriculture and building projects.
As it looks today, it has a long, moderately curved blade, a broad fuller and a sharp, useful point.
Undoubtedly, its most distinctive feature however is its handle which lacks a conventional guard and fits flush into the mouth of its scabbard. This grip has an interesting downturned pommel which can be of assistance when performing a fast draw. As the Shasqua was generally employed from horseback, this handle design helped the Cossacks in their mastery of lightning-quick raids, ambushes, or the ruthless pursuit of fleeing enemies. When fighting on foot, in order to compensate for the lack of a protective guard, a combat style that kept the blade in a constant cyclonic motion was adopted and made the most of its ferocious cutting ability.
The Cold Steel Shasqua is a saber of uncompromising quality and beguiling beauty, with a brightly polished and decoratively etched blade, complete with fuller and a keen spear point. Delivery includes a high-quality wood and leather scabbard with an ornate chape, carrying ring and throat and a matching traditional handle. It is an excellent, battle-ready sharp reproduction.
– Blade length: approx. 81.3 cm
– Overall length: approx. 95.6 cm
– Blade material: 1055 high carbon steel
– Scabbard: leather scabbard with brass fittings
– Weight: approx. 907 g