National knives: Hirshfanger – German Hunting Blade

The history of hunting weapons is a very interesting topic. From it you can learn more about the traditions, customs and customs. Take for example hirschfanger – the blade of the german rangers. It’s all very interesting happened.

It was then that the movement decreased. But it didn’t completely disappear, since now hunting has become prestigious. And various aristocrats and simply rich personalities began to get out to join this art. But no doubt, it wasn’t a question. and regularly deliver information to the table. In short, the work is rather harsh.

And somewhere around the eighteenth century, the size of such “entertainment” reached a peak. Large-scale equestrian hunting for deer using dogs and firearms. The so-called “Parforsnaya hunting” – from the French “parforce” – by force, through force. (yes, including the word “pathos”). So, ofigevshy, driven and already wounded deer was supposed to finish off. For hunting hirschfangers.

Actually hirschfanger – Something between a saber (the length often exceeded half a meter), a dagger (blade shape and sharpening), a broadsword (it can be used) At the same time, it is necessary to correspond.

They hunted, however, not only deer, so hirshfangeru had to perform a number of other tasks. The neckline is banged up from the bottom of the neck. the head. AND hirshfanger all this could be done.

The form hirshfanger completely determined by his appointment. It has been found that it has been the most common direction. But hirschfanger was used not only for finishing, but also for cutting carcasses. (For which it is often called a cleaver) to sever the joints. If it came out of the wind, it appeared on the blade. It means that the weapon doesn’t penetrate too deeply and doesn’t mean the cross-shaped support. It is a grip. Although there were options.

Could this weapon have been used to eliminate people? Of course. After all, the rangers also included the protection of hunting grounds. It’s more than what it’s now. If they discovered the offender, they could have nailed him on the spot. And then gently prikopat somewhere under the nearest bush. Indeed, in terms of combat use hirfshanger not much inferior saber and broadswords, common in those times.

In addition, it is often in the sheath. hirshfanger began to make “pockets” for them. In short, it is primarily a highly functional weapon. And only then – decorative and symbolic. And in this regard, the rangers had a place to roam. Than they didn’t decorate this weapon … They even installed decorative lining on the guard, with hunting scenes. There is nothing to say. For this minute, for a minute. They also chose to hunt … They hirschfangers transformed almost into works of art.

This was the case when the German Hunting Union (Allgemeine Deutsche Jagdschutz-Verein (ADJV)) gave it to the German rangers. Then, respectively, rearmament and hirschfangers slowly left the arena.

To date hirschfangers lost their practical significance. However, the decorative value was kept. It is a great place to take a look. Yes, it can be often found.

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