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The Arab sword, sometimes called a Saif (سيف) or a Shamshir depending on the era, has its origins in Arabia prior to the 7th century. Not much is known about this particular weapon, other than what Al-Kindi wrote in his treatise On Swords in the 9th century.


The use of Arab Swords


During the early Islamic years, the Arabs sheathed their weapons in baldrics. The use of sword and baldric was consciously abandoned by the Abbasid caliph al-Mutawakkil (847-861) in favor of the saber and belt. But the use of sword and baldric seems to have retained a ceremonial and religious significance. For example, the Zangid ruler Nur ad-Din (1146–74) was anxious to demonstrate that he was a pious traditionalist, searching out the old methods preferred by the Prophet. Consequently, among his reforms he re-adopted the custom of wearing a sword suspended from a baldric. His successor Salah ad-Din (1138-1193), known in the west as Saladin, did the same and it is noteworthy that he was buried with his sword, «he took it with him to Paradise.»




According to David Nicolle, the Arab sword was used mainly for cutting. He cites Usama ibn Munqidh's memoir as evidence, that when Usama was being attacked by a Hashshashin, Usama struck the assassin down. Other stories by Usama add credence to David Nicolle's theory.


During the Mamluk period the saber seems to have been the preferred weapon of the warrior elite but the most finely decorated edged weapons were swords. Swords were used in the most important ceremonial events in the Mamluk period, that is, in the investiture of Mamluk sultans and caliphs of the restored Abbasid dynasty where the ruler was «girded» with the «Bedouin sword» saif badawi. There are no surviving descriptions of such swords but it can be suggested as a hypothesis that the exquisitely decorated Mamluk sword blades now preserved in Istanbul are in fact saif badawi.

Brand: Battlecry
This medieval Hattin Falchion is designed specifically to be used and made from 1065 high carbon steel with a darkened, battle-hardened finish, extra wide tang and tempering to a low 50's RC. This pre-sharpened blade has gone through rigorous testing. The hands-on nature of the manufacturing by mast..
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Brand: Ulfberht
The falchion is a single-edged blade that was primarily employed by foot warriors in the late Middle Ages as a secondary weapon.The ULFBERTH® forge provides a practical blunt replica that is appropriate for battle re-enactment at a great price with this offering. The blade was made of hand-forged 55..
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Brand: Hanwei
The deeply curved blade of the Scimitar recalls battles between the Saracen and Crusader. The hardwood grips and hawksbill pommel are typical of the originals and create the perfect balance that makes this piece essential equipment for Eastern dance practitioners.Total length: approx. 96.5 cmBlade L..
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Although its popularity is evidenced by its presence in Medieval art, only a few original falchions remain. Most falchions were used up in battle, therefore the rarity of surviving specimens may be more confirmation of its popularity. While the double-edged sword receives the greatest attention, man..
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The falchion is a single-edged, one-handed sword of European roots that resembles the Persian scimitar or the Chinese dao in design. The weapon was a cross between an axe and a sword, with the weight and force of an axe and the adaptability of a sword. Falchions were employed from the 11th century u..
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The Scimitar is a Middle Eastern-style sabre. This lovely artwork, with its highly curved blade, resurrects the wars between the Saracens and the European Crusaders.This Scimitar has a fuller and a classic, curved blade manufactured of EN45 spring steel. The blade hasn't been honed yet. Brass makes ..
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Brand: Cold Steel
Cold Steel's Scimitar is a true Eastern gem, inspired by extremely ornamental antique Persian blades.The blade is highly polished with a wide, deep fuller and is profoundly bent to facilitate the devastating draw cut. It is well balanced and hand-honed to a sharp edge from expertly heat-treated 1065..
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The blade of this scimitar-shaped sabre is wide and curved, constructed of EN45 spring steel, and has an engraved scorpion immediately above the guard.Brass is used for the curving guard and the circular, hefty pommel. Dark wood is used for the handle.Brass fittings of excellent qualityHandle made o..
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The Persians used "shamshir" or scimitar, which were saber-like swords.The blade of our Persian scimitar is narrow, single-edged, and has a lengthy fuller. It is parallel for about half of its length before tapering to a point and curving simultaneously. These razor-sharp weapons were created for mo..
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Brand: Condor
The Sinbad Scimitar Sword's blade is made of 1075 high carbon steel that has been heat-treated and annealed to a Rockwell hardness of 56-58. The edge is hand-polished to a razor-sharp perfection. The exposed metal component of the blade is sand or bead blasted to create the blasted satin finish. The..
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