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Depiction of a kaskara sword and scabbard

The kaskara was a type of sword characteristic of Sudan, Chad, and Eritrea.[1] The blade of the kaskara was usually about a yard long, double edged and with a spatulate tip.[citation needed] While most surviving examples are from the 19th century,[citation needed] the type is believed to have originated around the early 14th century,[citation needed] and may represent a localized survival of the straight, double-edged medieval Arab sword.[citation needed] The kaskara was worn horizontally across the back or between the upper arm and thorax.[citation needed] According to British Museum curator Christopher Spring, "in the central and eastern Sudan, from Chad through Darfur and across to the Red Sea province, the straight, double-edged swords known as kaskara were an essential possession of most men."[2]


  1. ^ Wills, Chuck (2006). Weaponry: An Illustrated History. Irvington, NY: Hylas Publishing. pp. 90–91. ISBN 978-1-59258-127-6.
  2. ^ Spring, Christopher (1993). African Arms and Armor (snippet view). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-56098-317-0. Retrieved 2010-08-07.

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