This unusual blade originated in possibly the late 16th Century (with more widely seen examples firmly from the 18th Century). Developed in The Middle East (possibly by Ottoman craftsmen), this weapon featured a split topped, notched blade (which was wider and flatter at the top). The lower portion of the blade was similar to that of a heavy cavalry saber. Versions were seen in use by Janissary Mercenaries. The name has many different meanings (depending on the region of use). From “Spine Sword” to many others. Often Islamic religious writings are engraved upon the blades. As per legend, the first Zulfigar was given to the warrior Ali ibn Talib by Muhammad.
The Zulfigar is often represented on many Islamic Standards today. The curved length of the blade is 4.5 to 5 feet long and they weight anywhere from 3.5 to 4 pounds (although some have been documented as heavier). A form of “D”-guard hand grip also features a spiked pommel on the end (often sharpened). Single-edged with sharpened notches incorporated into ¾ of the blade, The Zulfigar is a fearsome weapon. They are also known for the distinctive sound they make when moving through the air (in a slashing motion). Mostly seen in ceremonial roles, The Zulfigar was a fearsome weapon.