Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto, Canada
Very interesting topic. In the case of the khanjar and other curved daggers I think the curve of a canine a closer point of inspiration. The curve naturally follows the arc of a downward-stabbing, biting motion. In the case of canines, the curve also helps retain prey. Perhaps a reason for the double-recurve daggers, potentially seen as harder to remove from the target (and harder to stab to begin with as well).
In the case of the falcatta/kopis and the large forward-curved knives they are derived from, i think the shape is the result of physical considerations. It makes for a good chopper, and a good draw-cut.
I do, however, agree on the powerfully symbolism of the scorpion as an agent of death - be it positive or negative.
All the best,