It was used predominantly throughout Western Asia and North Africa in a wide variety of forms, including the Syrian Sabre and the Ottoman Janissary Kijil. Rare but not unknown to Europe via export and transmission, pirates of the West Indies during the Golden Age of Piracy also favored scimitars alongside the more typical cutlasses.
The Turkish kilij, for instance, bears a distinctive blade which is only slightly curved for the first half or third of the blade from the hilt before rearing back radically at the last half. A little further from the point of the shift, at around the last third towards the tip, the blade widens suddenly, such that it appears to "flare" outwards. This spontaneous change in degree of curvature along with the flaring tip is a trademark of the kilij, a Turkish type of scimitar.
Other varieties of scimitars are more conventional. The blades of Syrian Sabres are moderately curved throughout their entire length. The profile of their blades alongside the simple guard at the grip makes it quite similar to the much later European saber. Unlike the kilij, Persian scimitars are less uniform in design; the Persian Shamshir common throughout Italy during the Renaissance boasted an exceedingly broad blade while other Persian scimitars bore slender or tapering blades.
Scimitars were also diverse in terms of performance. In some cases, aged swords such as the powerful Syrian Sabre even decayed in efficacy over the centuries. However, given scimitars' common design feature as single-edged, curved swords, cutting power is a universal quality. Slashing techniques is a specialty of scimitars at the expense of piercing power.
As a ubiquitous type of sword in the Middle East, the scimitar was widespread among Saracen forces during the Crusades. In the Third Crusade, they were employed by not only Saracen guards but the Levantine Brotherhood of Assassins as well. In 1190, the Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad utilized two distinct types of scimitars during his mission to recover the Chalice. They were the most powerful weapons he had in possession until he was given a special sword by his lover Adha, the Chalice. The next year, he no longer bore any of the swords he had utilized in that prior mission. Master Assassins, such as he, were entitled to the prestigious Syrian Sabre, among the deadliest in the Levantine Brotherhood's armory at the time.
During the Italian Renaissance, a certain model of the Persian scimitar characterized by a distinctively broad blade was widespread throughout the Italian city-states. It was sold at blacksmith shops across cities such as Florence, Venice, Forlì, Monteriggioni, and San Gimignano and saw service with many city guards. This model also found its way to Constantinople, then under the Ottoman Empire. Nevertheless, the Ottoman military had their own design of scimitars, the Turkish kilij, which was likewise a regular sword of the Ottoman Brotherhood of Assassins.
Aside from their brief foray into Italy during the Renaissance, scimitars remained a rarity in Europe. European armies of the 18th century developed their own single-edged, curved swords commonly known as sabers. Despite this, scimitars were popular among European pirates who roamed the West Indies during the early 18th century. They remained rare in France at the time of the French Revolution, but some scimitars still found their ways into Parisian markets.
|Assassin's Sword (Enhanced II)||3||Sequence 6; Assassin's Rank 9|
Italian Renaissance (15th century)
|Old Syrian Sword||1||2||3||2,300ƒ||Sequence 3|
15 Copper Ore
15 Tin Ore
50 Iron Ore
50 Leather Straps
Italian Renaissance (16th century)
|Old Syrian Sword||3||4||1||8,800ƒ||Sequence 6|
|Persian Shamshir||1||4||3||3,163||Sequence 2|
|Syrian Sabre||2||4||3||11,960||Sequence 5|
|Janissary Kijil||4||2||2||28,290||Sequence 6|
|Yusuf's Turkish Kijil||5||5||5||N/A||Complete The Deacon, Part 1|
Golden Age of Piracy
|Pirate Scimitars||5||2||3||10,000 R||Sequence 2|
|Persian Scimitars||3||2||2||N/A||Complete community challenges|
|Edward Kenway's Unique Swords||2||3||2||N/A||Enter code found with McFarlane Edward Kenway action figure|
Seven Years' War
|Pirate Scimitar||1||2||2||£1,200||Sequence 1|
|Pirate Scimitar||2||4||3||3||N/A||Assassin||Mysteries of the Bayou Pack|
|Scimitar||* * *||3||3||4||2||1,000₣||Additional Damage: +25%||N/A|
- Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed
- Assassin's Creed II (first identified as "scimitar")
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- Assassin's Creed III: Liberation
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Assassin's Creed: Unity
- Assassin's Creed: Rebellion
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Assassin's Creed
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Assassin's Creed II
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Assassin's Creed: Unity
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- ↑ Assassin's Creed III
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Official Game Guide