The coolest gift to give or receive! This long, finely crafted Moroccan Berber sword is known as a saif. The blade is made of 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.
Entirely handmade, from the handle to the sheath. Master craftsmen carefully tap out the designs on the sheath using a hammer and nail to make intricate engraved designs. Large scissors are used to cut the steel/silver alloy into shape for the blade. When the 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.
Materials used include stainless metal alloys--metal (silver, copper, brass, iron); the alloys are sourced from Marrakech. The highly polished, smooth handle is made entirely from bone. The bone is camel and cow, which is repurposed from local livestock.
The blade splits near the end to create a forked blade. The blade itself is dull and shows some wear, with a blunt tip.
Two metal rings attached to sheath allow for easy display. A beautiful example of the type of sword historically used in Berber warfare or seen in pirate lore.