A very rare gold decorated Rajput Mughal sword known as a "KHANDA". Massive wootz blade 28 inches in length and 2.75 inches wide at its widest point. The blade covered overall with a very fine damascus/wootz pattern and inlaid in gold on both sides with a re-enforced back strap. The hilt with a spike fitted to the top also inlaid in gold. Complete in its original cloth covered wooden scabbard. Indian c.18th -19th Century. The scabbard with some damage to the wood, otherwise in good condition. Overall length in scabbard 37 inches. Ref 3322.
The Khanda is an ancient sword that dates back to the medieval Indian period prior to the Islamic invasions of Punjab. Although it is a straight bladed sword, unlike European straight swords it was not used only for thrusting, but also as a hacking weapon designed for cutting and slashing.
Most Khandas of the 17th and 18th century have a thin flat broad straight steel blade.
Although the Khanda is a double edged blade it is reinforced with narrow strips of steel reinforcement running down most of the length of the back edge and several inches down the front edge. This design enabled the blade not only to be light, but also provides it with additional stiffness to withstand impact without bending out of shape.
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