Northern katar of Southern style
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Overall length

38 cm

Blade length

21 cm

Blade thickness

Base 5.5 mm

Tip 12.4 mm

Blade width

Base 47 mm

Tip 22 mm


618 grams

Point of balance

At hilt-blade junction


Iron, steel, wootz, gold


Probably Kota

Southern Rajasthan


18th-19th century


From a European collection


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A North Indian katar with relatively narrow blade. It has two sunken panels with faint diagonal ridges in the center, lightly etched to a reveal an Indian dendrite wootz structure. The cutting edges and point are burnished bright, as was the Northern aesthetic.

The hilt has a copper base reminiscent of Southern styles. It even has vestigial langets, but without the riveting that a Southern katar would have, this blade is forge welded on its hilt.

The sidebars widen noteceably towards their ends, and the handlebars are peaked. The hilt is covered with remains of gold overlay.



Katar of this form were produced in Kota, in the southern part of Rajasthan.

Katar from kota"False damascening in gold from Kotah; cost Rs 50."

From: Thomas Holbein Hendley; 
Damascening on steel or iron as practiced in India. 
W. Griggs & Sons, Ltd. London 1892. Plate 25.


Katar from Kota
Katar from Kota
Katar from Kota
Katar from Kota
Katar from Kota
Katar from Kota
Katar from Kota
Katar from Kota

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With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.


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The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.

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