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Damascus and Koftgari Inlay Indian Dagger - SND2603

Damascus and Koftgari Inlay Indian Dagger
 

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Overall Length: 11'' Blade: 6 3/4''
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Blade: Damascus Steel
Weight: 8 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 0''
Thickness: 3.3 mm - 2.4 mm
Width: 33.7 mm
Grip Length: 2 1/2''
Pommel: Integrated and Glued
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This intricately detailed dagger of Damascus steel was crafted in India; the blade with its swirling patterns displays the mixing of the different steels used to forge the Damascus blade. On a single side it has been emblazoned with a sigil of inlaid silver.

The steel hilt has been blackened and then finely detailed with silver inlaid with the koftgari technique. Koftgari is a laborious process by which silver or gold wire is fitted placed into a hand-etched etched design and then heated to fuse the design into permanence.

The dagger blade was fitted into the hilt by filling the internal gaps with a hardened gum resin. This is the traditional technique for constructing many Indian bladed weapons and can be quite advantageous - it not only fills in the gaps within the hilt to prevent rattling or loosening, but the gum resin also has a degree of ‘’give’’ which gives the weapon construction an additional degree of shock absorption.

This dagger has a companion scabbard of steel richly adorned with matching koftgari design and lined on the interior with velvet. This dagger is a compact showcase of the skill of Indian smiths and the blade making techniques and decoration of their ancestral lineage.
 






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