Place of Origin: Kishangarh, Rajasthan, India
Date: Circa 18th Century
Overall: 450mm (17.5 inches)
Blade: 245mm (9.5 inches)
This katar (push dagger unique to the Indian continent) originates from Rajasthan and shows distinguishing features that make it a piece of exceptional quality and craftsmanship from the Kishangarh armoury.
The highly polished steel hilt with double-grip is ornamented throughout. Its thick sidebars and handgrips are decorated with a texturized, hammered pattern of shallow dimples (typical of the Kishangarh armoury), which still have traces of gold. The symmetrical V-shaped knuckle-bar is cleverly cut to mirror the form of the blade, the composition culminating at its centre in a sloping triangular arch and the short fuller split by a raised medial ridge with a stylized flower in bloom. Its simple but careful lines are carved in deep relief directly out of the short blade’s surface. The high-quality steel blade shows small traces of patination and is formed with a central fuller and swollen tip. The distinctive etched armoury mark, visible on the forte, is typical of the Kishangarh armoury. The Devanagari letters translate as ‘ra ki po’ and it is not currently known what the marking means. The scabbard comprises a wooden core and bi-coloured (gold and blood-red) velvet sheath, sewn with a delicate string of saffron-coloured thread.
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Kishangarh armoury, Rajasthan
 See Jens Nordlunde, A Passion for Indian Arms: A Private Collection, 2016, p.139-140.