Serrated talwar
Overall length

85.6 cm

Blade length

75 cm

(tip to center guard)

Blade thickness

Base 6.3 mm

Middle 6 mm

5 cm from tip 3 mm

Blade width

Base 38 mm

Middle 34 mm

5 cm from tip 22.5 mm

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Description

An impressive talwar with a substantial blade, relatively thick and wide. Its main edge is serrated, and this continues over one third of the back portion of the blade. In addition, both sides have narrow grooves and dimples. The right side has a U-turn groove.

Serrated talwar blade

The blade doesn't readily show its construction details, there are forging lines at the spine that appear on both wootz blades and forge folded blades. I have resisted the temptation to etch because I like the original state of the blade, with still its period finish. However it is made, the surfaces are very well finished and without forging flaws.

From a functional perspective, the serrations aid the cut. Much like a steak knife does. A downside of these blades are that they are a lot harder to sharpen. Symbolically, the blade may refer to Zulfiqar (ذو الفقار), the sword given to Imam Ali by the prophet Muhammad. Zulfiqar can be translated also as "having a spine", "being notched", or "being bifurcated" and interpretations of the sword often have one of these attributes, or combine several of them into one.

The sword is famous from the following phrase supposedly uttered by Muhammad:

La Fata illa Ali la saif illa Zulfiqar

(لا فتى إلى علي لا سيف إلى ذلفيقر)

"No warrior but Ali, no sword but Zulfiqar"

This inscription often appears on Indian and Islamic swords as a talisman and the serrated edge here served the same purpose.

 

Hilt

It has a classic talwar hilt with pointy langets, slightly forward inclined quillons and a pronounced V-shape between grip section and quillon block. This and the slightly upturned pommel dish suggest it originates from the Punjab area.

The blade is secured with resin, as is the traditional way, with the addition of a metal pin that goes through the hilt and blade. A reinforcement sometimes seen on Indian swords.

The gold koftgari consists of a geometric pattern with stars, with small sections of meandering floral elements on the sides. Some losses to the gold on one side of the hilt, and the top of the pommel plate.

No scabbard.

 

Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar
Serrated edge talwar

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Finely forged, rifled, and with gold overlay.

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Price on request