Jaam-Dhar Curved Katar

Description:

A rare Indian Katar dagger with a curved 'Jaam-Dhar' blade, 18th century from North India, Punjab or Rajasthan.

The blade is a very heavy armour piercing example with a long diamond section tip. Nicely cut with fullers resembling two tuning forks. The gentle curve of the blade would have undoubtedly helped with the efficiency, but also increases the attractiveness of the blade.

The square cut side bars and faceted pair of central grip bars un-decorated but showing a 'wootz' Damascus pattern. The blade almost certainly also of damascus steel, but polished bright to accentuate the edge and curve as was the fashion. A slight chip from the tip, but this is hardly noticeable.

An elegant object and seldom found.