The Tabarzin: Persian Battle Axe
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Origins: Persia, India and Pakistan
The name "Tabarzin" (or Tabar) comes from Persian and modern Turkish, meaning "Saddle Axe" - hence it was mostly used by horse-mounted riders.
Long, Slender And Powerful
The Tabarzin has one or two blades in the shape of a crescent, depending on the item. Two forms of Tabarzin have been found -- a longer form of about 7 feet (2.13 metres), and a shorter version of about 3 feet (.91 metres).
What makes it especially unique is the long, slender, thin handle, rendering the weapon extremely light. The handles are always metallic, and sometimes contain a tang for extra support.
Some Tabarzin have been discovered with a square plate (for hammering) on the opposite side of the blade, as well as secret compartments within the handles to harbour an additional small, thin knife when unscrewed.
The Tabar (zin) was featured on the TV Show "Forged In Fire", where bladesmiths forged several variations of the Tabar and had them perform various tests of strength and agility:
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