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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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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:25:21 -0700

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:29:58 -0700

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Austin Chronicle
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:04:10 -0700

MH: We walked to Takoba, my favorite place of the night. The two-year-old interior Mexican restaurant was pleasantly crowded and noisy; the service prompt and friendly without being phony. I really enjoyed my mango margarita ($6.75) – though it's not ...
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:09:21 -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.
CultureMap Austin
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:21:13 -0700

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:51:32 -0700

You're free to root for whomever you want during the World Cup, but if you're leaning towards Mexico then you'll likely find some compadres at Takoba, a restaurant that doesn't hide its Mexican pride. With a 112-inch screen inside and a 75-inch screen ...

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