Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Buraimi Oman, on the border with the UAE
Salaams All~ Note to Library; The top hole is well illustrated in Omani Battle Swords. The tang falls short of that point having two securing holes. The obvious reason that it was used as a wrist strap anchor point is generally accepted. On the very odd occasion it is sometimes seen filled with a rivvet.
Interestingly the crossguard has two holes mirroring the design of the Mamluke sword suggesting that this entire design is a cross of two museum forms shown in post #10.
The Omani Battle Sword is similar in design to the Ottoman/ Mamluke Sword at Picture 1 post# 10 on 13 counts and to the Mamluke/ Ottoman Sword at Picture 2 post# 10 on 16 counts.
The two Ottoman/Mamluke forms by association and design comparison must therefor both be Abbassiid.
The technology transfer to the Omani Battle Sword is thus still underpinned at 751 AD.
Ibrahiim al Balooshi.