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Weapons of Gor
Knives of Gor
This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
Woman of Gor

I was most fond, perhaps, of the balanced saddle
knife, the quiva; it is about a foot in length, double
edged; it tapers to a daggerlike point. I acquired, I
think, skill in its use. At forty feet I could strike a
thrown tospit; at one hundred feet I could strike a
layered boskhide disk, about four inches in width,
fastened to a lance thrust in the turf. Nomads of Gor,
page 66-67

...the quiva itself is regarded, on the whole, as more
of a missile weapon than a hand knife... Nomads of
Gor, page 124
Most quivas, incidentally, are wrought in the smithies of Ar. Nomads of Gor, page 124 the saddle itself, on the right side, indicating the rider must be right-handed, were the seven sheaths for the almost legendary
quivas, the balanced saddleknives of the prairie. Nomads of Gor, page 11

. . .the seven sheaths for the almost legendary quivas, the balanced saddleknives of the prairie. It was said a youth of the Wagon
Peoples was taught the bow, the quiva and the lance before their parents would consent to give him a name.  Nomads of Gor, Page

. . .it is about a foot in length, double edged; it tapers to a daggerlike point. Nomads of Gor, Page 67

I did have a sword and I had also purchased a set of Tuchuk quivas, their famed saddle knives. The set consists of seven knives,
one for each of the seven sheaths in the Tuchuk saddle. They are balanced for throwing. Players of Gor, Page 178

I had not thrown it hard enough, intentionally, to bring the point fully through the body. It is not necessary. The cast, as
recommended, had been easy and smooth. The quiva itself, in its sharpness and weight, does the work. Players of Gor, Page 187

Hook Knife

Then the large man with missing teeth seized Hup's hair and pulled up the head, to expose the throat, holdingn in his right hand, a
small, thick, curved blade, the hook knife of Ar, used sheathed in the sport of that name. . .” Assassin of Gor, Page 12

To this belt there hung the sheath of a hook knife, which was buckled in the sheath, the strap passing over the hilt. Assassin of Gor,
Page 84

Both were stripped to the waist. The hair of both was bound back with a band of cloth. Each carried, sheathed, a hook knife. The
edges of the sheath were coated with a bluish pigment. Assassin of Gor, page 86

Ho-Tu, his hook knife dripping, a buckler on his left arm now stood beside us. Assassin of Gor, Page 346

"When you were going through our friends' pouches over there, did you find any small knives, such as a hook knife or a shaving
knife?" Renegades of Gor, Page 246

She took Claudia's hair in her left hand and held the razor-sharp hook knife. Assassin of Gor, Page 317

There were various matches in the pit of sand that evening. There was a contest of sheathed hook knife, one of whips and another
of spiked gauntlets. Assassin of Gor, page 120

Killing Knife

It was a throwing knife, of a sort used in Ar, much smaller than the southern quiva, and tapered on only one side. It was a knife
designed for killing. Mixed with the blood and fluids of the body there was a smear of white at the end of the steel, the softened
residue of a glaze of kanda paste, now melted by body heat, which had coated the tip of the blade. On the hilt of the dagger,
curling about it, was the legend, 'I have sought him. I have found him.' It was a killing knife. 'The Caste of Assassins?' I had asked.
'Unlikely,' had said the Older Tarl, 'for Assassins are commonly too proud for poison.' Assassin of Gor, page 42

It was a killing knife, short, well-balanced for throwing. Assassin of Gor, page 261

Sleen Knife

I saw Sheera, standing knee deep in the water, near the beach. She had now thrust her sleen knife into its belt sheath. She was a
strongly bodied girl. The sun made the chains and claws at her throat gleam. 'Return again' she called, 'perhaps we will have more
men to sell you.' Hunters of Gor, page 32-33

The huntsman resheathed his sleen knife. Hunters of Gor, page 162

He drew out a sleen knife. Slave Girl of Gor, page 188

I carried only my sword, on its sheath, and a short sleen knife, balanced. Hunters of Gor, page 266

She fingered the hilt of the sleen knife. Hunters of Gor, page 133

Tarn Knife

I looked across to Menicius of Port Kar. His eyes darted from mine. He bent over the neck of Quarrel. I saw that He had been given
another knife, a Tarn knife, of the sort carried by riders. In His right hand, ready, there was a Tarn goad. Assassin of Gor, page 363

In Mip’s hand I saw a small dagger, a throwing knife, of a sort manufactured in Ar; it was smaller than the southern quiva; it was
tapered on only one side.
“It is an interesting knife,” I said.
“All Tarn Keepers carry a knife,” said Mip, playing with the blade. Assassin of Gor, page 174

Turian Knife or Dagger

It is not unusual to encounter a fellow with a jacket of sleen fur, falling to his knees, sewn in the circle stitch of Scagnar, who wears
upon his forehead a silken jeadband of Ar. He might carry a double-edged ax, but at his belt may hang a Turian dagger. Hunters of
Gor, page 45

At her waist she wore a jeweled scabbard, protruding from which I saw the ornamented, twisted blade of a Turian dagger; free
women in Torvaldsland commonly carry a knife. Marauders of Gor, page 156

Rence Knife

One holds the stem of the plant in the left hand and, with the right, with a rence knife, a small, curved, two-inch knife makes a
diagonal upward stroke.” Raiders of Gor, page 27


. . .the jungle is not a maze of impenetrable growth, which must be hacked through with machete or panga. Explorers of Gor, page

The results of our trading had been two baskets of dried fish, a sack of meal and vegetables. A length of bark cloth, plaited and
pounded, from the pod tree, dyed red, a handful of colored, wooden beads, and, most importantly, two pangas, two-foot-long,
heavy, curve-bladed bush knives. Explorers of Gor, page 287

The keen steel of our pangas smote apart thick vines. Explorers of Gor, page 382

I seized up the panga which had been carried by the beast I had slain. It was heavy. I must needs use two hands to wield it.
Explorers of Gor, page 437

Red Hunters Knives

The butcher knives are usually ground down into a narrow, concave shape. They do not have the sturdiness for combat. They are
used, generally, for the swift acquisition of bloody trophies. Savages of Gor, page 145

Imnak’s knife had a wooden handle, some fourteen inches long. Its point was some three inches in length. He braced it on his leg in
carving, his fingers near the blade end where they might delicately control the movement of the metal. Beasts of Gor, page 253

More Knives

The ulo, or woman’s knife, with its semicircular blade, customarily fixed in a wooden handle, is not well suited to carving. It is better
at cutting meat and slicing sinew. Beasts of Gor, page 262

I did as I was told, and Imnak, with a large, curved, bone, saw-toothed knife, a
snow knife, began to cut at a nearby drift of snow.
Beasts of Gor, page 325

She placed the
turf knife in the pit, through the hole which we had left as its entrance. The turf knife is a wooden-bladed, saw-
edged, paddlelike tool. It is used to cut and saw sod and, when the handle is held in the right hand and the blade is supported with
the left, it may be used, also, rather like a shovel, to move dirt. Blood Brothers of Gor, pages 311-312

He then drew the
large, triangular-bladed knife from the beaded sheath on his belt. Savages of Gor, page 114

He had sheathed his jagged-edged knife, a
fisherman’s knife. Explorers of Gor, page 285

He was cutting, with a
ship’s knife. . .” Marauders of Gor, page 261

He did have a bow case and quiver, and at the thong on his waist was a beaded sheath, from which protruded the hilt of a
. Blood Brothers of Gor, page 8

Then the warrior threw her to her stomach, binding her wrists together behind her back, then binding her ankles. With a
he cut the rence tunic from her and threw her, still partly tangled in the net, over his shoulder. Raiders of Gor, page 54