Bedouin Sword from the Sinai Peninsula - 0130
The traditional sword of the Bedouin tribes that live in the Sinai Peninsula, in Israel and in Jordan. The Bedouin swordsmiths will use every available blade for their swords. I have seen blades of Turkish Kilij’s, Persian Shamshir or even European military saber blades re-mounted in the classical style of the horn hilt – in a simplified Shashka hilt form. But mostly the blades are locally made in a general shape of the Shashka blade with one or more fullers. This is a fine example of a locally forged blade. The grip horn is riveted to the blade tang with three rivets and bound with white metal strips. The scabbard is covered with engraved white metal. A very typical sword to this part of the world.