Scimitar is the most used sword in Middle-East countries. There are a huge variety of scimitars given that every single country developed its own model; progressively they were adapted to face different armies and battles.
Scimitar is basically a wide blade sabre. Its knob could be round or flat, its handle could be full of strings and its guard was usually curved towards its blade.
The base of its blade il less wider than its final part, besides its point is narrow and incredibly sharpened. A side of its blade is completely sharpened and also the final part of the opposite side. There are also single-edge or two hand scimitars. There are many sizes for scimitars, depending on how they were used. Warriors who rode horses carried a long scimitar with a little guard.
Normally, warriors who fought in close combat in the battlefield carried shorter scimitars with a big guard, in order to protect their hands as best as possible. Scimitar is undoubtedly a cutting weapon, specially designe for hurting ennemies' legs.
Stabs or thrusts were not very common, given that it was extremely difficult to get back the weapon from the ennemiy's body. Scimitars were totally made of metal, above all their guard, which were constantly hitten.
Scimitars for celebrations
Progressively, scimitar has become a sword carried next to a belt and several decorative motifs can be seen in their guard and blade. Scimitar guards' show flower and precious stones decorative motifs while blade show arabic motifs.
Nowadays is not a strange thing to see swords in weddings, specially for cutting a cake into slices.
In the Spanish tradition cakes are cut into slices with classic swords, such as Tizona and Colada; but lately other kinds of swords have been used for this purpose, such as Scimitar.
Bride and groom names are engraved in the swords' blade and its handle can show thematical designs. Its blade is sometimes lightly sharpened.
Scimitar throughout History
As we have previously mentionned, scimitar was the most famous arabic sword. Its blade was regularly huge as well as its edge and cutting capacity. We could appreciate during fights between templars and sarracens.
During Modern Age scimitars have become arabic people biggest symbol, where they are still being used in relevant ceremonies. Some of them are luxurious items for collectors, among them, those which are made in Toledo (Spain). In our website you can find a huge range of scimitars.
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