This was a personal defense/fighting knife popular among many Middle Eastern Nations around the mid 17th to 19th Centuries. Along the same family lines as a Scottish Dirk, The Kard was around 16-inches long and single-edged. Handles were wood, ivory or bone and featured no hand guard. Designed to be a stabbing (as opposed to a slashing) weapon, Kard's were effective against light Chain Mail. A distinguishing trademark of the Kard was it's highly ornate blade and a sheath that only covered half of the blade. Kard's were popular among mounted troops of The Ottoman Empire.