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Tip

Thuda

Sinhala for the point of a sword blade.
Edge

Agissa

Sinhala for the edge on a sword blade.
Groovy

Peeli

Sinhala for grooves on a blade. (Fullers).
blade

Isa

Sinhala for "blade".
Sinhalese sword blade

Kadu patha

Sinhala for blade.
Alluva

Alluva

Sinhala for side plates on a sword.
Sérapéṅdiya mūna

Sérapéṅdiya mūna

Sinhala for the head of a mythical bird. Often used as sword ornament.
Quillons

Vari sārkawa

Sinhala for the quillons on a Sinhalese sword.
Sinhalese knuckle guard

Ath häde

Sinhala for "knuckle guard".
Knuckle guard

Ath väsma

Sinhala term given by Deraniyagala for "knuckle guard".
Lion hilt

Siṃha mūnu mitta

Sinhala for "lion-faced hilt"
Mitta

Mitta

Sinhala for "hilt".
Gediya

Gediya

Sinhala for "pommel".
Simha logo

Siṃha

Sinhalese for "lion". The national symbol of the Sinhalese people.
Ul pihiya logo

Sinhalese knife and stylus

Fitting in a single scabbard. Modest for Sinhalese work.
Large piha-kaetta logo

A large pihiya kättha

A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
Kasthane logo

Sinhalese kasthāné dated 1776

A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.
Malabar sword

Kayamkulam vaal

A type of straightsword of the Malabar coast.
A silver pihiya

Silver Sinhalese ul-pihiya

A fine Kandyan knife, or ul-pihiya, probably mid 18th century.

North indian katar

Heavy Rajput katar

A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade.
Vijayanagara katar

Vijayanagara katar

A peculiar style of hooded push dagger that originated in South India, under the Vijayanagara empire.
Asian export sword guard

Sinhalese export sword guard

A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Chilanum dagger

Chilanum dagger

With great sculptural qualities.
Pata

Dandpatta

The Marathi name for the pata, a gauntlet sword thought to have been developed by them.
Pata

Pata

An Indian gauntlet sword.
Khanda logo

Khanda

A type of Indian sword with a heavy, straight blade that widens at the top.
Indian toradar logo

Toradar

The Indian matchlock musket.
Ankus

Aṅkus

Hindu from the Sanskrit aṅkuśa, it means "elephant goad".
Ul pihiya logo

Ul pihiya

Sinhala for "sharp knife".
Pihiya logo

Pihiya

Sinhala for "knife".
Pihiya kattha logo

Piha kaetta

Often-used term to describe a group of ornate Sinhalese knives.

The Bikaner Armory logo

Bikanēr armory

An armory in Rajasthan, north India
An Indian khanjarli dagger

Khanjarli

An Indian dagger with recurved blade and large lunette pommels that are usually made of ivory plates.
Liya-pata decorative motif logo

Liya-pata

A type of Sinhalese decorative work consisting of scrolls.
Liya-vela logo

Liya-vẹla

A type of Sinhalese decorative work consisting of repetitive floral motifs.
Sinhalese kasthane logo

Kasthāné

The national sword of Sri Lanka, being a saber with an elaborately carved hilt.
Bichuwa dagger logo

Bichuwa

The Bichuwa is an Indian dagger with a looped hilt and recurved blade.
Chilanam logo

Chilanam

Alternative spelling for chilanum, a South Indian type of dagger.
Kapwah logo

Khapwah

An Indian type of dagger.
A small dagger from the Bikaner armory

A Bikaner armory dagger

A rare, early south Indian dagger with Bikaner armory markings
Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt logo

North Indian sosun patah

A very good example of a sosun patah, or "lily leaf", of elegant form.
Indian dhal shield by Bhagvan Khoosal

Indian signed dhal from Gujarat

An interesting Indian dhal, a small shield that was signed by its maker from Gujarat.
17th century katar with curved blade logo

South Indian katar with curved blade

A very crisp and complete example of its type.
Sinhalese spear logo

A Sinhalese spear

A nice example of a rare type of weapon from the Sinhalese arsenal.
Chiseled khanda hilt

Chiseled iron khanda hilt

With blackened iron panels with decorative borders carved in relief.
Bundi style katar

A gilt katar with spiraled hilt

In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
Tanjore spearhead

Tanjore spearhead

Description

A south Indian spearhead with a thick double-edged, symmetrical leaf-shaped blade.

Indian khanjarli logo

A large and very good khanjarli

With lunette pommel of ivory plates.
A kutch style pata logo

Indian Pata with Kutch style decor

A serious weapon with a very good blade and heavy plating.