Originally Posted by Ibrahiim al Balooshi
Salaams Iain ~ I think the two (Yemeni Ottoman)are hugely similar in the hilt... not the blade so much. I think the Yemeni version has a much less expensive blade ... almost a utility mass produced type.
I think the Omani dancing sword is very similar to the Yemeni variant in all respects except flex..
Ibrahiim al Balooshi.
Hi Ibrahiim, the hilt comparison is fair enough and your point about blades is of course a nice way of saying why Euro trade blades were popular for these - utilitarian and mass produced.
See my points in a previous post about why Euro trade blades had big uptake globally.