A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
With gilt-copper hilt and scabbard done in beautiful Kutch style repousse work.
A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
Also known as kothimora khukuri, in a scabbard with repousse silver mounts.
An old bronze hilt in the shape of chilanum hilts.
Of a type that is strongly associated with the Vijayanagara empire.
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
A substantial example, of elegant form, with a complex grooved blade.
Indian loop hilted dagger are generally called bichuwa (बिछुवा )
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
With straight blade and two opposing Yali chiseled out of the forte of the blade.
The style typical for royal katar made under Maharao Ram Singh.
An impressive example with true inlays in silver in the hilt.
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
A fine, early example with silver-plated details.
A miniature piece meant for use by a small boy.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.
Fitting in a single scabbard. Modest for Sinhalese work.
A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
A fine Kandyan knife, or ul-pihiya, probably mid 18th century.
A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
A rare, early south Indian dagger with Bikaner armory markings
A very crisp and complete example of its type.
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
With lunette pommel of ivory plates.
Unusually large and with all-metal handle that opens with a screw.
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
With a hilt that is of typical southern form, with a cupped base and langets.
The blade features a sunken panel with very finely chiseled "tree of life" motiff of small leaves.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
A classic example of the 16th century.
A north Indian bichuwa dagger with recurved blade and richly decorated hilt.
Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation, took many mortal shapes, or "avatar"
An exceptional example with a graceful hilt with a strong presence.