A finely crafted Moroccan curved dagger, known as a khoummya. The blade is made of local iron, offset twice and double-edged, forged with a slight curve. Sourced from the Azlag Dagger Cooperative in central Morocco, the distinctive curve on this blade is a signature design of the dagger makers of Kelaat M'Gouna.
The highly polished, smooth handle is made entirely from bone. Each dagger is entirely handmade, from the handle to the sheath. Master craftsmen carefully tap out the designs on the sheath using a hammer and nail.
Materials used include stainless metal alloys--metal (silver, copper, brass, iron) alloys are sourced from Marrakech and is used to create the sheath of the dagger; and cow bones from Kalaat M'Gouna, Morocco and surrounding areas.
Large scissors are used to cut the steel/silver alloy into a dagger shape for the blade. When a metal sheet is cut to size, the artisans use a tagont to mold the metal into its final shape for the sheath. Then a sizou, a nail used to carve the metal, is used to tap in the ornate designs. Two metal rings attached to sheath allow for easy display. The blade is dull and shows some wear, with a blunt tip.