$95 Scimitar - Dragon Sword 36"
Modeled based on the famous version of the Saroyan Sword, this dragon sword is highly decorative, well balanced, and a beautiful addition to any sword dance (Raks el-Sayf). Might be suitable for tribal style dancing as well. Very detailed dragon head at the base of the sword. The handle itself screws in, thus choice of guard up or down. Also allows for insertion of metal washers to customize the balance of the sword.
SWORD DANCING: The addition of a sword to your dance routine can be spectacular. It will add a level of mystique and a touch of danger. Because the sword is a weapon the dancer must remember that the "touch of danger" is very real. Sword dancing is definitely for the advanced dancers. Make sure you buy a sword that is designed for dance from a reputable dealer. Please see the article on sword dancing at this site for more information.
Note on color:
Q: How do I keep my Scimitar tarnish-free?
A: We recommend that you wipe it down after each performance with a soft cloth, and if it does tarnish, use a jewelers' rouge cloth, or a gentle jewelry polish to clean it. Brasso works well for the handle.
Q: My sword is slightly off balance, now what?
A: Assuming the sword tends to fall forward on side A. Place the sword on your belly on the flat side B, side A facing away from body. Now gently tuck/pull a little on both ends (sword handle and sword tip) towards body - do not bend, just a short kind of reverse padding - like you would hit a drum, but pull instead. We are talking a very small amount of force here, not sustained pulling. Test if sword is still off-balance. Repeat.
-----------|=== Sword (tends to fall ^ ) | | Belly | | v v Gently tuck V
Q: Where does sword dancing come from?
A: Sword dancing, or Raks al sayf, was not a widespread dance style in the Middle East. Men in Egypt performed a dance called el ard, a martial arts dance involving upraised swords, but women were not widely known to use swords as props during their dancing. Here in America and in other western countries, sword dancing is much more common and—due to its dramatic nature—very captivating. Dancing with a sword illustrates the strength and power of a woman, as well as her poise and balance.
Note: Belly dance swords must be specially balanced and are usually dull to protect the audience. Also, should you use a sharp sword, depending on your local laws, that might qualify as a weapon!