Middle east & caucasus
Good Omani Kattara Long Sword
Date: Second half of the 19 C.
Early swords from the Arab cultures use to employ straight heavy blades. Curved shamshir style swords were adopted by many Arab communities and cultures around the 10 th C In two regions of the Arab peninsula – Oman and Yemen straight blade swords continued to be used. The well known Omani Kattara sword was extensively used in the 18 and 19 C. and well into the beginning of the 20 C.
The Kattara sword offered here has a very long straight and double edge blade with central fuller at third of its length and a spatula shaped tip. . Two handed wood hilt bound with leather strips and a band of twisted silver wire. The pommel is a heavy square steel piece acts as a counter weight to the very long blade resulting in a very well balance sword.
Blade length 32 1/2 inches. Total length 40 inches. Good condition. Minor light pitted spots. The hilt binding is a later restoration. No scabbard.
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