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    Ethiopian (???) Sword Questions

    First post here on the forum. Pretty cool place y'all have here.

    Several years ago when I was living in Bahrain, I bought a sword from a guy I had met there. The guy owned a shop that sold random stuff from around the region. He had picked up this sword in Yemen and brought it back to Bahrain, supposedly. Anyway, I had forgot about it until I was unpacking some old boxes this weekend and found it.

    Any idea what the writing says? How do I tell if it is an actual sword of a souvenir piece? Any other info about the sword?

    Thank you, in advance, for any info you might have.
















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    It's out of my small sphere of knowledge, so I won't guess, but it's a super thing, whatever it is.

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    The color and texture of the blade is certainly consistent with spring steel. Hold it by the point in the first 5 inches of the foible. Does it flex or is it stiff? I agree with Mr. Ford it is a beautiful little treasure and appears very well made but not a type I know anything about. Eric
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Fairbanks View Post
    The color and texture of the blade is certainly consistent with spring steel. Hold it by the point in the first 5 inches of the foible. Does it flex or is it stiff? I agree with Mr. Ford it is a beautiful little treasure and appears very well made but not a type I know anything about. Eric
    The blade does flex a bit, not completely rigid.

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    I myself see no problems with it but you need Gene or Javier or one of the other guys that are up on eastern swords. Give it a little time they will be along. Beautiful piece. Eric
    The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." --- Tench Coxe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Fairbanks View Post
    I myself see no problems with it but you need Gene or Javier or one of the other guys that are up on eastern swords. Give it a little time they will be along. Beautiful piece. Eric
    This is an Ethiopian sword blade that has been re-worked in Sanaa, Yemen. Very nice. Done in the last 30 years, I would guess.

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    These have been discussed a number of times over the years. There are some interesting threads in the archive, I've outlined two in the identical thread in the main section:

    Quote Originally Posted by Gene Wilkinson View Post
    Great looking sword. The old threads are a great resource for comparison:

    http://www.swordforum.com/forums/sho...ilted-in-Yemen

    http://www.swordforum.com/forums/sho...-for-Abyssinia

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