Arab Sword Saif - 0695

The word Saif in Arabic is a general name for a curved sword, similar to the word Saberin English. However, in many cases, owners and collectors refers by Saif to a specific shape of a sword like the one shown here. These swords are characterized by a relatively short and wide blade, down curving silver handle and silver fitted scabbard. The hilt has a very distinct shape, probably a development from the Nimcha sword handle or the other way around. Various blade were employed, ranging from Persian trade to European military blades. These swords are common in the Arabian Peninsula, more in its southern areas. The one shown here is a rather late, early 20 C. Top quality, 28 inches blade, 35 inches total length, scabbard entirely covered with silver. This sword come with a silver braided carrying belt. A very fine piece.