Language: Hindi

The khanda is an Indian sword. They typically have large, heavy, (partially) double edged blades with a widened upper section leading to an obtuse tip. Most fighting examples have considerable weight in their tip section for powerful cuts. The blades often have reinforcements in the form of a long langet at the base of the blade or reinforcing strips on either side of the blade. In the 1600s the characteristic Hindu basket hilt was developed for increased hand protection.

An all-steel Khanda

An all-steel khanda with typical spoonbill shaped blade.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2017.

The khanda represents one of the oldest forms of Indian swords, the present form is first seen on temple reliefs in Orissa dating back as early as the 2nd century A.D. Its name derives off the Sanskrit khaḍga meaning "breaker, divider, cutter, destroyer". Always strongly associated with Orissa, the sword did become popular all over India, from the Rajputs and Sikhs in the north to the Marathas of the Deccan and the Nairs in the south. In some of these cultures, it was an element of worship, symbolizing wisdom cutting through ignorance. As such the khanda features widely in religious art, not only in India but through the Himalayas, China, even into Japan.

A fine Khanda with pierced hilt

A very fine khanda with pierced iron hilt. The blade with triangular tip represents a northern fashion.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2016.

 

See:
Rawson, P.S.; The Indian Sword, Herbert Jenkings, London, 1968. Pages 6-8.
Stone, G.C.; A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and armor, 1934. Reprint by Dover, 1999, p. 352.

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With markings attributing it to Jalore.

€2000,-

Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.

€6500,-

Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".

€1500,-

An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.

€750,-

With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.

€2400,-

With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.

€2500,-
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