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Khanjar, circa 1924

The khanjar (Arabic: خنجر‎) is the traditional dagger of Oman. It is similar to the Yemeni jambiya. The khanjar is curved and sharpened on both edges. It is carried in a sheath decorated in silver, on a belt similarly decorated in silver filigree. A khanjar appears on the flag of Oman, as part of the national emblem of Oman.


There are many uses of the khanjar. It is a symbolic weapon, worn by men after puberty. Nowadays, it is used as a type of formal dress item and for stylistic purposes. Drawing the khanjar from its sheath was a social taboo before the 1970s, and men would only do that if they sought revenge or in self-defense.1


The khanjar can be found anywhere from Egypt to Iran under the same name.citation needed


The Perfume company Amouage which is owned by the Sultan of Oman also has bottles with men's scents having a shape of Khanjar.2

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