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Travisjamesmacd
02-17-2013, 12:33 PM
My last day in country I was walking through the markets at one of the larger camps on my way to grab my kit to leave. I had been looking for something to bring home to my brother, ran out of time and was on the way out when I spotted these two. They have matching carvings, they were pretty heavy and felt suprisingly solid. I only had a few minutes to get back to our shacks. I managed to find out the shopkeeper was a trader from Mazari Sharif, the knives were made from metal from a russian tank and they were going to run me twenty bucks. The shorter one is about 7 inches and the longer one is around 9. I was in a hurry and never thought to ask the guy what they said until after I left. Thought some knife people might find these interesting...and maybe know somebody who knows Dari a little bit.

http://i1352.photobucket.com/albums/q660/TravisJM/Knives%20from%20Pheonix/mailgooglecom_zpseaea3b6c.jpeg

http://i1352.photobucket.com/albums/q660/TravisJM/Knives%20from%20Pheonix/mailgooglecom3_zps94d3e124.jpeg

http://i1352.photobucket.com/albums/q660/TravisJM/Knives%20from%20Pheonix/2013-02-17133748_zpsdddf84b5.jpg

http://i1352.photobucket.com/albums/q660/TravisJM/Knives%20from%20Pheonix/mailgooglecom2_zps7702097f.jpeg

telecaster
02-17-2013, 02:17 PM
I don't know any Dari but they look like nice souvenirs. And thank you for your service to Canada.

FightingShiba's
02-17-2013, 03:00 PM
Look like a couple nice blades there. Thanks for serving!!

normmus
02-17-2013, 03:53 PM
Those are pretty cool.

Travisjamesmacd
02-17-2013, 04:09 PM
Thanks guys! Figured it was a long shot but stranger things have happened.

awndray
02-18-2013, 08:47 AM
"Balkh Afghanistan"

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Afghanistan-Large-Handmade-Knife-w-Engraved-Handle-and-Blade-/00/s/MTE5NVgxNjAw/$T2eC16J,%21%290E9s37F,T%28BQfHGctZUg%7E%7E60_12.J PG

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Afghanistan-Balkh-Knife-Brown-Handle-slight-imperfection-Handle-/251224677239?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7e285b77

FlyingHigh
02-18-2013, 01:28 PM
very cool souvenirs. i love tools with a history behind them. the fact they're made from metal off a russian tank is incredible. :)

Travisjamesmacd
02-18-2013, 07:36 PM
Thanks Awndray!! I never thought to try and hunt through Ebay looking for something similar. The longer message reads "Balkh Afghanistan" and the small horizontal one just reads "Balkh" as far as I can tell from other ads. According to the interweb, Balkh is a settlement near Mezari Sharif dating back to 500 BC with some pretty cool history. It's also home to the "Balkh Trading Company" which trades goods in Kabul city. Appreciate that a lot, thanks everybody! ;D

RobSmith
02-18-2013, 07:40 PM
Thank you for your service.

Stephen
02-18-2013, 09:26 PM
Pretty cool