|Flissa||FLISSA & YATAGAN||°|
|back of the blade||straight||convex|
|cutting edge of the blade||S tapering to the tip (very sharp-pointed)||S (slightly rounded-pointed)|
|Thickness of the back||very thick||T blade|
|Usage||slashing & thrusting||slashing|
|Tang||flat, but 1/4 is a part of the tang reinforced to serve as hilt||flat, but 1/4 looks like reinforced, but is not.|
|Shape of the hilt||dog's head||ears as seen in Luristan, ...|
|french name||Flissa (Flyssa, Flissah) coming from the name of a tribe: Iflissen Im Bahr||Yataghan|
|kable name||Sekkim or Iskin (knife in Tamazigh) or Khedama (knife in Arab)||Utagan, Atayan, Ajennwi, Djenoui, ...(2)|
|(1) Kables could have 3 provenances of Yatagan: acquired from the Turcks, imported blades with local mountings, locally made. In the 2 last cases, it seems that hilts were not eared as turks'ones. Turks' blades were more complexly done (T back & niellage).|
|(2) Ajennwi or Djenoui: coming from Gênes (Italy): one of the main trade axis with north Africa coast. This denomination gives indication of importation of blades, but is not specific to Yatagan as it it used for all imported blades (Koummya, ...)|
|ORIGINS of Yatagan|
|ORIGINS of Flissa|
& Yatagan does have the same origin (Kopesh),
but may be not issued one from the other.
Arabian invasions of Spain had been done with a large contribution of berber tribes (mostly from actual Marocco & extreme West of Algeria). But, all the Berbers are not Kables and the Flissa is not known as a weapon used by Arabs in Spain.
Kables were conquisted by the french after 1850. Among their weapons, there were both Flissa and Yatagan. Yatagan disappeared rapidly (end of XIX°) and the Flissa a bit later. Today, very few kables knows what is a Flissa. A great shame for a so wonderful weapon!!.