These knives are called khanjar, the well-known curved Arab dagger. I have seen khanjar in private homes here as collector’s items. Many have jewel encrusted handles and are quite exquisite. The following is an excerpt from an old issue of Saudi Aramco World magazine…
“The Arab world has always been famous for its weapons—as Frankish knights, galloping ponderously toward the Holy Land, learned to their dismay. With their great, two-handed broadswords, the knights were confident that they could easily crush the thin-bladed, elegant, curved scimitars of the Arabs. What they didn’t know was that the shape of the blade was not decoration; in curving the blade Arab swordsmiths did decrease the contact area of the blade, but also increased the depth of the blade’s cut. Furthermore, by adding a half round ridge to the center of the blade, they gave the blade great strength without adding much weight. The result was a weapon that was very light, very strong and cut deeply—deeply enough, at least, to inflict galling defeats on the overconfident knights.” Written by Kenneth R. Blevins, for the January/February 1967 print edition of Saudi Aramco World.
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