In a couple of previous posts I talked a little about the design of the traditional Persian Scimitar, along with a few very good examples. Today, I ran into one of my favorite scimitar designs:
Now I like this design for a couple of reasons. While I find the traditional Persian Shamshir scimitar design appealing, I’ve always felt that they had a a little bit too much curve in the blade, and not enough blade width to back it up. While this made for a great, fast, compact, close quarters, slashing weapon, it also meant a sacrifice in thrusting ability and overall strength.
Fortunately some enterprising Persians figured this out, and another, beefier version of scimitar began appearing. This sword conforms to the basic design of a Persian scimitar, with a deeply curving blade, a simple cross guard, a small grip with a forward curve in the butt, etc. But this design has a little extra “oomph” in the blade department.
Namely, while the curve of the blade is not as deep, it has a much wider blade, and a large clip point at the tip, these changes completely change the dynamics of the blade. Because of the added weight and strength of the blade, this scimitar could now be used against lightly armored opponents, and could also be used for thrusts, abilities which were severely lacking in the old version. All positive improvements, though they came at the cost of decreased speed and maneuverability.
This replica captures the essence of that design, though it departs from it in areas, which is evident from the slightly more ornate than usual cross-guard, and the lack of a full tang, with grip scales and pins, a staple of traditional scimitar design. But at least it looks the part, and is suitably large and intimidating… 🙂
Persian Warrior Scimitar – [Heavenly Swords]