Originating in present-day Afghanistan, the pulouar is a saber that is mostly associated with the Pashtuns.

Stylistically it holds the middle between Persian sabers, most notably the quillons, while the bulged grip and disc pommel remind of similar features on Indian talwar hilts.

The blades, in turn, vary from Persian to Indian style but also often exhibit Eastern European features.


Afghan pulouarA very fine Afghan pulouar


Afghan police in Kabul

Afghan police in Kabul, photo by John Burke, 1879.
Source: The British Library

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Of typical design, forged from one piece of iron, overlaid with brass on one side.


With wootz blade inlaid in gold with the name of the maker and the owner.


A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.


Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.


A set for the beginning collector.


A late 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.