Seen in the 11th Century, The Mongolian Saber was a favorite of the fierce horse soldiers, The Mongol. Their sabers were light (at 2.5 to 3 pounds), and ideal for use from a horse. Featuring a slight curve, the blades were known for their slight wavering or curving of the upper 3/4 of the blade. Single-edged and roughly 35 to 38 inches long, these blades were known to cut through leather with ease. They also featured a single cross bar over the hand for basic protection. Similar to many other Chinese blade, the pommel was open (often used for attaching colored silks for identification or hand to hand combat distractions. They could be carried in scabbards (which where tied to their horses saddles).