Originally Posted by Ibrahiim al Balooshi
It may be remembered that the katar developed from an earlier form which had an almost gauntlet form hand cover. I suggest it changed into the shorter arm bar version so that it could be pulled faster.lt may have been down to fashion..the long bar style for older statesmen and the short bar type for the young blades at court. I still suspect the short bar form was quicker to deploy.
Quicker to deploy for what, if the Katar was not suitable for fighting?!
Much more likely it had shorter side arms to be more confortable to wear in the sash, as two long protruding side arms would have caused significant disconfort (by interfering with the movement of the left arm).