From Germany, it was the idea of combining a field scythe (farming implement) with a sword. Seen in the 13th Century, the blade was curved and sharpened (generally) on one side. White the curve, the blade was around 44 to 46 inches long. A plain handle - they were often decorated with animal forms. The cross guard hilt was a single fixed component. It had a chain attached (the length of the grip) as a hand stabilizer (and to keep one from losing the weapon accidentally). This weapon was based (or developed along similar lines), to the ancient Egyptian Khopesh Sword.