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For a comparison of different weapons, see Weapon.

A rendering of a scimitar

A scimitar is an edged weapon with a curved blade that is very similar to a short sword. In fact, the only differentiating factor appears to be the contact area of the pommel, which is half the size of those on a short sword.

Scimitars use and train the swordsdwarf skill. As foreign weapons, dwarves cannot forge scimitars, limiting supply to whatever low-quality specimens can be traded from human caravans and scavenged from invaders. All dwarves can equip scimitars, though, like short swords, a tiny fraction must use two hands. Given their marked similarity to short swords, your dwarves are almost certainly better served by equipping high-quality short swords.

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