Army officer dress dagger with leather sheath, dated 1987.
Features late style light colored grip and Cyrillic maker
mark "Bulat" on the blade above the date. The ricasso also
shows engraved serial number P 2084 on the other side. The
brass parts have protective varnish typical of the Bulat
daggers. Note also the beautiful "shade effect" contrasting
the star, wreath and starburst against the lighter
The dagger is in very good to excellent condition. The
leather of the scabbard is practically pristine, completely
free of the usual scratches and scuffs. The blade has very
light marks from gentle cleaning to its lower three
quarters, but this is in no way detractive or even very
noticeable. The fragile finish on the two lower fittings of
the scabbard having just minor wear, overall well preserved.
The upper fitting with the Kremlin tower and Soviet Army
star emblem is nearly pristine. The Bakelite grip is in
great shape: very clean and completely free of fractures,
chips or significant scratches. The cross guard exhibits
only minimal wear, while the lacquered brass fitting of the
grip immediately above it is almost untouched. There are
some nicks and dings to the upper fitting and, to larger
extent, the tang button, but none of this significantly
impacts the overall appearance of the dagger which remains
This is one of the last Soviet Army daggers ever produced.
The 1958 change in uniform regulations made further
production of army daggers largely unnecessary: from that
point on, Soviet Army (and Air Force) officers would wear a
dagger only for special occasions and as a rule, wouldn't
permanently own one. However, due to natural attrition, a
limited production resumed during the 1980s to replenish the
depleted inventory of army daggers remaining on hand. Due to
the small numbers produced, Army "Bulat" daggers of the
1980s series are extremely uncommon.
This is a very attractive example of the scarce, late model
Soviet Army dirk likes of which rarely appear on the market.