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Takoba (also takuba or takouba) is the sword that is used across the western Sahel and among ethnic groups such as the Tuareg, the Hausa, the Fulani. It usually measures about one meter in length. Takoba blades are straight and double edged with a pronounced tapering towards the tip; they can exhibit several notable features, including three or more hand-ground fuller grooves and a rounded point. Traditionally a Tuareg weapon, it is also used among other peoples Hausa and the Fulani. Takoba were also commonly manufactured in Hausa city states such as Kano.

Since the Tuareg have an aversion to touching iron, the takoba's hilt, like many iron implements, is fully covered. Typically the simple but deep crossguard is of iron sheet, or iron-framed wood, covered in tooled leather, occasionally it is sheathed in brass or silver; the grip is also often leather-covered but the pommel is always of metal, often, brass or copper, sometimes iron or silver. Alternatively the whole hilt can be covered in brass or silver sheathing. The scabbard is made of elaborately tooled leather. Geographical variations in the form of the hilt have been noted, but no rigorous typology has been established. Variations in the quality of blade and fittings on takobas probably mostly reflect the wealth of their owners.

There is much debate about whether the takoba was used only by the imúšaɣ or warrior class or whether it could be borne by vassals.

As with most crafted items used by the Tuareg, takoba are crafted by the ìnhædʻæn (singular énhædʻ) caste, who are of a different ethnicity from the imúšaɣ and speak Ténet, a secret language. The imúšaɣ believe that theìnhædʻæn have magical powers, which some theorize to be associated with their traditional roles as metalworkers and to the imúšaɣ aversion to both metalworking and touching iron.

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austin360 (blog)
Mon, 04 May 2015 12:41:15 -0700

They eat all over the city, from north at the Domain and the Jack Allen's Kitchen in Round Rock to Mettle in East Austin. Their photo of this bowl of shrimp ceviche at Takoba, 1411 E. Seventh St., made us crave a bowl of warmed chips and a salted ...
 
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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:34:06 -0800

Now appearing nightly in the intimate, upstairs mezzanine, Takoba features nigiri and sashimi, made to order with daily seasonal Maguro, Umi Masu (ocean trout), Hirame, Walu, Uni, Hamachi, and more. The accompanying cocktail menu provides a tropical ...

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Austin Business Journal
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:27:38 -0700

We should probably get used to seeing J.W. Marriott Hotel Austin in the top spot of Austin's monthly liquor sales rankings, because with numbers like what the downtown hotel and conference center has put up in its first two months of business, no one ...

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:22:30 -0700

Takoba. 1411 E. Seventh St. 512-628-4466, takobarestaurant.com. Great happy hour deals and well-executed favorites such as torta de carnitas and pozole rojo make this restaurant with multiple outdoor seating areas a popular East Austin destination.

Austin Business Journal (blog)

Austin Business Journal (blog)
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:55:27 -0700

The opening of the JW Marriott Hotel Austin has added more of a kick to the monthly mixed beverage sales rankings in Austin. The mammoth hotel and convention center on Second Street and Congress Avenue sold more than $547,000 in liquor and mixed ...

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austin360 (blog)
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:44:19 -0700

Takoba. 1411 E. Seventh St. 512-628-4466, TakobaRestaurant.com. Great happy hour deals and well- executed favorites such as torta de carnitas and pozole rojo make this restaurant with multiple outdoor seating areas a popular East Austin destination.

Austin Chronicle

Austin Chronicle
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:56:15 -0800

Kits might include snacks from Rhythm Superfoods, World Peas, and KIND Healthy Snacks. There will be ingredients for a full meal from Whole Foods Market and gift cards from restaurants such as Fabi + Rosi, ASTI Trattoria, Bouldin Creek Cafe, and Takoba.

SF Weekly (blog)

SF Weekly (blog)
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:06:02 -0700

Boucherie Meats' Peter Jackson, and Lawrence Lee of Hayahon SF, Streetfood Dojo and Drake Lounge itself are the collaborators behind the plated courses, while Mark Hayashida of Hayahon SF and Takoba Sushi Bar is handling the Nyotaimori course.
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