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    Talking Help with identification? Unusual find, mostly clueless owner.

    Hello all. This is my first post, though I've followed this site for some years, mostly for costume research. I've recently lucked into an odd little sword. Upon first glance, it looks like it could be something quite old. Though the more I think about it the more unsure I am of what to even to call this, let alone age or country of origin. The blade is thin and springy, almost like a stage or Wushu sword, yet it still has a cutting edge on it. The stamp in the center of the blade isn't something I've ever seen before. Even more strange, the pommel is constructed of stacked leather and nailed into place with a modern nail. Despite that though it's overall very light, and feel quite balanced and easy to wield. Any help whatsoever would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to becoming an active member of this most respectable community as I study more about metallurgy and the like.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    looks like African kaskara

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    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    As Evgeny says above, it's a kaskara, a traditional sword of the Sudan and nearby. Blades can be old European trade blades (17th/18th century), or locally made. These swords are still being made, so 20th century examples are common. The more recent ones are made as dress items rather than for fighting.

    The stamps are meant to be the commonly-seen double-moon marks. Some discussion of these in:

    Another kaskara thread with a couple of examples, and some info about hilt construction:
    "In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.

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