The scimitar (pronounced: /ˈsɪmɪtɑːrSIM-i-tar[6]) was a one-handed, martial melee weapon of the sword family.[1]

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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.[7] 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.[8]

Weaponology[edit | edit source]

A ceremonial scimitar with scabbard.

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.[1][2]

History[edit | edit source]

First appearing on Toril around the year −2059 DR (1880 NY), scimitars developed from the khopesh, which were created a thousand years prior.[9] These blades were commonly favored by Calishites[10] and some druids.[11][12]

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  4. Grant Boucher, Troy Christensen, Jon Pickens, John Terra and Scott Davis (1991). Arms and Equipment Guide. (TSR, Inc.), p. 109. ISBN 1-56076-109-1.
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