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For the place in Armenia, see Kard, Armenia. For the places in Iran, see Kard-e Bala and Kard-e Pain.
Kard knife, Persia, 19th century, bulat steel.

A kard (Persian کرد [kard] - knife) is a type of Islamic knife found in Turkey, Armenia, Persia, and all the way to India. Mostly used in the 18th century and before, it has a straight single edged blade and is usually no longer than 41 centimetres (16 in) in length. It has no guard, and usually the handle was bone, ivory, or horn. It was mostly a stabbing weapon, and commonly the point would be reinforced to penetrate chain mail. A major characteristic of a kard is that the hilt is only partially covered by the sheath.[1]


  1. ^ Shackleford, Steve (5 January 2010). Blade's Guide to Knives & Their Values. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 406. ISBN 1-4402-1505-7.