In Oman, a Dagger Symbolizes National Pride

SUR, Oman — Over the years, the khanjar dagger — once a weapon for self-defense — has become a symbol of national pride in Oman. It appears on the country’s flag and currency, and is a fashionable accessory for men dressed in traditional attire.

The khanjar also is one of Oman’s most intricately crafted items, with its curved steel blade and elaborate handles in wood, camel bone, plastic or, in the past, ivory and rhinoceros horn. The dagger usually is housed in a silver sheath and held against the owner’s body by an elaborately embroidered belt.

And here in this port city along the Gulf of Oman — as well as

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