• Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Sometimes known as The Backsword, (partially for the twisting back arch motion created when this weapon was raised for attack), the Scimitar appeared in the 9th Century - and will continue well into the 16th Century. The Scimitar was NOT as radically curved as many think. Although primarily used by mounted troops (due to it's designs), this weapon was used by many foot soldiers as well. The weapon was mostly single edged, and could reach a blade length of 50 to 54 inches (although curved). The Scimitar was a cut and slash type weapon. Made of steel, and somewhat more broader in blade than other types in it's classification, they have come to be seen as a well known symbol of the Middle East. The Scimitar is still used today (mostly ceremonial - but is also used as an execution method).