The Kaskara was a type of sword characteristic of Sudan and Chad. The blade of the kaskara was usually about a yard long, double edged and with a spatulate tip. While most surviving examples are from the 19th century, the type is believed to have originated around the early 14th century, and may represent a localized survival of the straight, double-edged medieval Arab sword. The kaskara was worn horizontally across the back or between the upper arm and thorax. According to British Museum curator Christopher Spring, "in the central and eastern Sudan, from Chad through Darfur and across to the Red Sea province, the straight, double-edged swords known as kaskara were an essential possession of most men."
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- Wills, Chuck (2006). Weaponry: An Illustrated History. Irvington, NY: Hylas Publishing. pp. 90–91. ISBN 978-1-59258-127-6.
- Spring, Christopher (1993) (snippet view). African Arms and Armor. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-56098-317-0. http://books.google.com/books?id=5CUSAQAAIAAJ&q=kaskara. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
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