Seen in The Ottoman Empire as early at the Mid-14th Century, the Yatagan was a Short Sword. Mostly unadorned, the simple sword was 30 to 35 inches long. Single-edged, it did not follow the traditional curved blade pattern frequently seen in Middle Eastern weapons. Scabbards were made of plan cylindrical wood (often covered in leather). The grips were long and had no form of hilt or guard to protect the hand. Handles could be metal bone (ivory) and sometimes were decorated. They are sometimes referred to as an ancestor to the Sword Bayonet of the 19th Century.