Wide blades are an uncommon but intriguing sub-type of takouba blade. Unlike many blades found on takouba, wide blades are neither European or locally made copies of European patterns. It would seem wide blades were partly a symbol of rank and status as they are usually very well mounted and of good quality, with period and contemporary photos showing them being carried by bodyguards to emirs and by palace officials. They seem to be most common among the Hausa, Nupe and in the Cameroon border regions.