sword (weapons: edged)

Caucasian short sword, qama or quaddara. The broad double edge blade is cut with deep off-set fullers, and struck with the word Imtihan ('tested', or 'proved') within a small cartouche. This weapon has a heavy blade which would be ideal for a chopping or hacking action in use. The hilt is made from black buffalo horn, and is fitted with engraved brass mounts.

See G.C. Stone “A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armour in all countries and in all times� Southworth Press 1934 (and subsequent reprints). pp.518-519.


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