This Persian Shamshir (or Scimitar) has a blade of 1055 high carbon steel. The all-brass crossguard ends in the rounded finials common to historical examples. The thick blade tang is triple-riveted to polished wood halves that define the grip. The pommel has been drilled to allow for the inclusion of a sword knot or lanyard – it is lined with brass.
To prevent the blade and hilt construction from rattling or loosening itself easily the guard langets have been filled with a black filler that puts the forward sloping brass langet of the guard into contact with the blade – it is a design to improve construction stability and eliminate the rattling of a langet moving into contact with the blade. This filler, in conjunction with the three rivets is designed to make the hilt resistant to loosening with use.
The companion scabbard is crafted from robust black leather ; the fittings are brass with matching brass hanging rings.
Although the shamshir is strongly associated with Persia – its likely origin, the efficient design clearly spread throughout the middle east as the sword would also be used by warriors of the Ottoman Empire and the famed Mameluke cavalrymen. Many shamshir exhibit impressive craftsmanship in both blade quality and overall decoration, though even simpler examples have elegant lines and form.
Not merely pleasing to the eye, the curve of the Shamshir or Scimitar creates a blade designed to cut deeply and swiftly. As the blade enters the target on the bottom of the blade curve, the angle of the tip as it passes through the target ensures that the wound is made as deep as possible. Though the blade is curved, in skilled hands it can be a sword that can bring a surprising thrust to an opponent who expects a slashing sword when he glances at its appearance.
Like historical examples, this reproduced Shamshir is a swiftly striking blade that feels quick and responsive in the hand. The curved grip with a swollen pommel not only acts as a backstop to keep the blade in hand mid-swing, but it also brings close contact with the back of the hand. This contact allows the wielder to subtly power the blade through the swing with back of the hand, not just the palm and wrist.