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A pulwar (also spelled pulouar) is a single handed curved sword from Afghanistan. Taking many features from the swords of neighboring lands, a pulwar might be described as “an Afghani talwar”. Most existing pulwar date back to the early 19th century, and sport blades that greatly resemble those of the Indian talwars of that time. Some do sport Persian blades which are slimmer and more curved and tapered towards the tip. The hilt is characterized by two quillions which are short and turned to point in the direction of the blade in the manner of some shamshir and saif. The pommel of the hilt is a flat disc that is so recognizable on Indian talwars. Often both hilt and blade can be ornately engraved with inscriptions, designs, and images, such as a largely ornate phallus inscription.
Afghan Pulwar vs Indian Tulwar - Some Thoughts on Sword Design