The 2 punched holes, as seen in the Muslim Knight book, for grip mounting relative to that era. The relative straightness of the blade. Again, this is an early feature. It wasn't until much later that kilij blades became more curved and shorter.The blade featured in the Muslim Knight book also has a fairly straight blade. Early kilij blades had this feature. The Muslim Knight example has a slightly more pronounced yelman. The blade has a noticeable ridge line not unlike a Japanese shinogi that fits in with early blade geometry.
This feature is hard to photograph particularly on a blade of this age and condition but it is there. This blade geometry is effective in going against armor. The general heft and feel of the blade. It has very good weight and balance and no doubt this was made to go against armor. Earlier blades tend to be more robust and heavy.
European blades of the medieval period are rare and often come to us in excavated condition. Islamic blades of the medieval period are exceptionally rare. This one is deeply pitted but still retains its general form and for the period is in good condition given it may be an excavated item.
A great opportunity to acquire a very rare item. Kilij blades of this period simply do not come to market very often. Sword, dagger, knife, Arabic, Islamic, Ottoman, Turkish, Mamluk, Egyptian, middle eastern, kilij, kilic, shamshir, damascus. The item "RARE OLD ANTIQUE 15TH CENTURY OTTOMAN MAMLUK ISLAMIC KILIJ SWORD NO SHAMSHIR" is in sale since Tuesday, February 07, 2017.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Middle East". The seller is "rsword" and is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.