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.