The scimitar was similar to the falchion in that it was a "backsword", sharpened on one edge and the other edge was thicker to give it strength. Scimitar blades were 2 to 3 feet (0.61 to 0.91 meters) long and almost always curved, though a few were angled like a khopesh. Starting at the hilt, the blade might taper gradually to a point or might increase in width and then rapidly come to a point. The hilt was one-handed and had quillons.
Scimitars did not have the damaging power of longswords or other heavier swords, but with skill they could hit vital areas better than most. Using the one-sided, curved scimitar required special training and was therefore classified as a martial weapon.
Scimitars first became available in the Netheril Empire in 1800 NY (−2059 DR). They had developed from the khopesh, which were created a thousand years prior. During this time scimitars were primarily utilized by drow.
- Ashram: An enchanted, bronze scimitar that was forged by the church of Anhur centuries prior to the Dale reckoning.
- Blade of larceny were enchanted scimitars used by the members of Myth Drannor's Thieves' Guild.
- Icingdeath, the right handed weapon of the drow Drizzt Do'Urden.
- Twinkle, Left handed weapon of Drizzt Do'Urden.
- Hornblade, the personal weapon of the nature deity Mielikki.
- Silver Scimitar of Amahl the Mad, a strongly enchanted silver scimitar that was commissioned by Amahl Shoon IV early in his reign as qysar of the Shoon Imperium.
- Starzad a strongly enchanted scimitar forged by a genie in Qudra.
- Scimitar of the fool, an enchanted scimitar that negatively affected the morale of its wielder.
- Scimitar of shame
- Scimitar of Souls, an enchanted scimitar that was the personal weapon of Iyachtu Xvim.
- Whirling scimitar, an enchanted Zakharan scimitar that bestowed upon its wielder the ability to fly.
Notable Users of Scimitars
- Scimitars were a commonly used weapon among members of the Anaconda Company.
- Ali Haqim
- Amahl Shoon IV
- Anwar al-Sifr
- Aziza al-Nayyir
- Bahija bint Tufala
- Drizzt Do'Urden
- The demon lord Fierna was known to wield a long scimitar.
- Hargun Skullknuckle, the gnoll chief of the Bezantur police in the 14th century DR, typically wielded a scimitar.
- Houndaer Tuin'Tarl
- Jalarkh Ohngate
- Jamid abd-Balduro
- Keyfa al-Parid
- Larala Dumian
- Milos Longreach, a eunuch bodyguard of the Red Wizard Naglatha, wielded a scimitar so massive that it was comparable to a bastard sword.
- Osco Salibuck the Elder
- Saleem ibn Ahogar
- Tannous al-Assad
- Turhan al-Ruffik
- Umar bin Farid
- Zaroum Al-Saryak
- The deities Mielikki and Iyachtu Xvim were known to wield scimitars.
- Scimitars were the favored weapon of the deity Doresain.
- Scimitars were the favored weapon of the deity Raxivort.
- Scimitars were the favored weapon of the Untheric deity Utu.
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