With a good quality wootz blade.
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
Probably from the late Kandyan period.
An Ottoman bichaq, literally "knife", shaped like
The handle covered with gold damascening.
The slender blade is made of flawless wootz steel in boldly contrasting shades of silver and dark grey.
An Ottoman bichaq, literally "knife", shaped like a yata
Possibly made in Gujarat and eventually incorporated in the Bikaner armory
An exceptional example with a graceful hilt with a strong presence.
Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation, took many mortal shapes, or "avatar"
A nice Balkan Ottoman dagger of a type called hançer
A north Indian bichuwa dagger with recurved blade and richly decorated hilt.
A classic example of the 16th century.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
The blade features a sunken panel with very finely chiseled "tree of life" motiff of small leaves.
With a hilt that is of typical southern form, with a cupped base and langets.
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
Unusually large and with all-metal handle that opens with a screw.
Of superior quality manufacture, combining a mix of European and Ottoman taste.
With lunette pommel of ivory plates.
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
A very crisp and complete example of its type.
Fine and unusual, with Italian renaissance style decoration.
A rare, early south Indian dagger with Bikaner armory markings
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade.
A fine Kandyan knife, or ul-pihiya, probably mid 18th century.
A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
Fitting in a single scabbard. Modest for Sinhalese work.
With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
A miniature piece meant for use by a small boy.
A fine, early example with silver-plated details.
With finely chiseled steel hilt and scabbard
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
An impressive example with true inlays in silver in the hilt.
The style typical for royal katar made under Maharao Ram Singh.
With markings suggesting it was a wedding gift, presented in 1832.
With straight blade and two opposing Yali chiseled out of the forte of the blade.
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
Indian loop hilted dagger are generally called bichuwa (बिछुवा )
A substantial example, of elegant form, with a complex grooved blade.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
Of a type that is strongly associated with the Vijayanagara empire.
An old bronze hilt in the shape of chilanum hilts.
Also known as kothimora khukuri, in a scabbard with repousse silver mounts.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.