A North Indian steel Katar, known as a push or punch dagger. 19th century.This form of weapon is found only in India and was considered to be a high status weapon.
Constructed from steel it is a very strong weapon. The chiseled blade widens in thickness towards the tip to strengthen it when used against chain mail or armour.
This example has a chiseled decoration of fighting elephants on the blade and scrolling foliage on the arm protectors.
Just under 40cm length, the blade is 24cm (and sharp!) Good condition.
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