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Sicarii. Anyone see an authentic one?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by HJK, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. HJK

    HJK Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Jun 30, 1999
    For history buffs, the Sicarii were the Jewish zealots who were the last defenders of Judah against the Romans and who famously died at Masada.
    Their name was taken from their blades, Sicarii.
    Has anyone seen one or have a picture of the design? Are there any modern versions? They were supposed to be long, thin daggers, but it's hard to find reliable details.
  2. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    The dagger itself was the Sica. Sicarius was the knifeman. Sicarii, the plural.
  3. HJK

    HJK Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Jun 30, 1999
    Thanks. That could explain in part why I couldn't find much. Have you seen originals or replicas? I'm finding the Roman versions, which used the term "sica" in a disparaging way. Sort of like "Palestina" ;)
  4. FullerH


    Nov 25, 1998
    A sica was a curved bladed dagger and, to the Romans, it was a dishonorable weapon. This just meant that it was not a Roman weapon. For much of the rest of the world, it was a perfectly acceptable weapon. The Romans had a gladiator that used the sica, the Thrax or Thracian. The representations that have survived of the Thracian gladiators show a strange sort of a long dagger or very short sword which had a right angle bend in the blade about halfway down. The blade turned up at that point. Think of it as a sort of hook for going over and around shields. As far as the sicae used by the sicarii, they would have been any sort of curved dagger of the sort indigenous to the area. I should think that the Arab jambiya might be a good basis for a sort of retro-engineering process. But you should also remember that the Jews of Palestine would have armed themselves with whatever they could get, since the carrying or making of anything that was identifiable as a weapon was forbidden on pain of crucifixion.

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