- May 2018
- On earth.
Sadly wouldn't be able to say much on the worksmanship that went into the majority of these swords, but I am aware of the fact that the Ethiopian Shotel had what can be called a "spine". I'll (again), rely on the description of Richard Francis Burton, who says the following in his race-charged (and honestly distasteful) description of the Shotel:Thank you.
My question is on the processes used to make them, and an evaluation of their quality. Did they harden their sword for example?
"The Shotel or Abyssinian Sword is a direct descendant from the Khopsh-falchion. (I can't verify whether or not this is true, but I instinctively wave this part off as "From Egypt" theory that Egyptians peddled onto a lot of things from Africa)
Nothing less handy than this gigantic sickle ; the edge is inside, the grip is too small, and the difficulty of drawing the blade from the scabbard is considerable (man, he didn't like this sword much... though, however much difficulty he has with this, the Ethiopians clearly did not have, as they have used it for centuries).
The handle, four inches long, is a rude lump of black wood, and the tang is carried to the pommel and there clinched. The coarse and ugly blade has a midrib running the whole length, forming a double slope to the edges; it is one inch broad at the base, and tapers to a point which can hardly be used. THe length along the arc is three feet thirty seven inches; the curve, measuring from arc to chord, is two inches; and the projection beyond the directing line is four inches". He then goes off onto some race-based trash typical of his time period, about how the Ethiopains "aren't a race of swordsmen", and I'm left with the impression that he just didn't like black people.
Anyway, trash aside, I hope that description may have helped you abit on the craftsman side of things.