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Luke Adams




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PostPosted: Mon 21 Aug, 2017 6:33 pm    Post subject: Curved Sword Identification         Reply with quote

Could someone help me identify what kind of sword this is? The blade is sharp on the outside of the curve like a scimitar. Thanks in advance!


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Rick F




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PostPosted: Tue 22 Aug, 2017 7:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It looks like an Indian Tulwar at first to me, but the hilt is different to what I know.

Wait for the experts though, because I'm not one Happy
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Aug, 2017 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I was thinking something Arabic or possibly Turkish or Russian, but I'm probably wrong. Worried Never really seen the likes of it. Question ...McM
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Tue 22 Aug, 2017 7:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The hilt looks Ethiopian to me, but shotel blades are usually double-edged and quite strongly recurved; Oriental Arms has lots of great photographs of a number of fine specimens.

This could be an imported saber blade hilted in the local style, perhaps?

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Aug, 2017 2:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ethiopian gurade. These often have imported European blades. Hilts were traditionally rhino horn; more recent ones are often other horn or wood.

An example: http://oriental-arms.com/item.php?id=4157 (and plenty more to be seen on Oriental Arms if you enter "gurade" in the search box on the bottom left).

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Luke Adams




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PostPosted: Fri 25 Aug, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great, thanks everyone! Especially to Timo for the link.
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Sa'ar Nudel




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PostPosted: Fri 25 Aug, 2017 2:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In the last batch of Ethiopian swords on Oriental Arms, they had one with Bakelite hilt (real sword, good blade), interesting for itself.
http://www.oriental-arms.com/item.php?id=2289

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