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Title Pulouar
Nationality Afghan
Period c 1800
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This is the classic Afghan sword, derived from many varied influences. The grip owes its shape to the Indian tulwar, the guard form is similar to a saif from Arabia, perhaps only the form of the pommel being purely Afghan. It has a heavy 32" blade, just over one-and-a-half inches at the forte, with five fullers in the back and an armourer's mark.

This all iron hilt first appeared in the 17th century and is always difficult to date precisely on account of the Afghan penchant for copying successful designs down the centuries, viz the locally made AK47! I Have even seen a pulouar with a knuckle bow and sidebar guard, brought back by James Abbot from his adventures in Central Asia in mid 19th century. However, this is the orthodox type, the variants being of considerable rarity.

It has a 10" false edge (blunt) and is slightly bent at the point. There are scattered surface rust spots throughout. There is some bruising (from an old sword cut?) on the pommel.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : Afghan : 19th Century]


The tipstaff arrived today and it's beautiful. I couldn't be more pleased. You're a pleasure to deal with.

D B, USA, 08.01.2007

Excellent information, Chris, you've been making a big effort! I will spell it out more closely (I'm a historian!) and don't think Bezdek can add much more.

A C, Belgium, 26.06.2005