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    Army officer dress dagger with leather sheath, dated 1987.

    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 background.

    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 very impressive.

    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.


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