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Lord of Battles – Small Damascus and Koftgari Indian Dagger with horse pommel


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This small Indian dagger has a blade with water-like, rippled patterns of contrasting steels on the blade – this is unmistakably Damascus steel. It is inlaid with a design of koftgari-inlaid silver in its center on a single side. The blade edge is unsharpened.

The hilt is of steel an embellished with koftgari silver inlay. Like traditional examples, the blade tang is fitted inside the hilt and the hilt is filled with a strong, natural resin to cement it into place. This type of construction has the benefit of filling in all the gaps between the hilt and tang to prevent rattling and the gum resin also has some shock absorption property.

The dagger has a matching scabbard of steel and koftgari – it is lined with velvet for a fit that will not scratch the blade.

This kind of Damascus steel is crafted by pounding two billets of different steels together, typically one of harder steel and another of softer steel. The mixing of the steels is what creates the vibrant, contrasting and artistic patterns of watered steel in the blade.

The intricate silver designs are achieved by Koftgari techniques – a process by which the metal is etched with a design. Then small wire, in this case silver wire, is pounded into the etchings. The piece is then heated until the wire melts, permanently fusing it to the base metal. With this technique and a bit of talent, some masterful and intricate designs can be achieved, as exemplified in this dagger.

Overall Length9 1/8''
Blade Length5 1/2''
Weight4.3 oz
Width22.3 mm
Thickness3.4 mm - 2.5 mm
PommelIntegrated / Glue
Grip Length2''
Blade [Damascus Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerLord Of Battles
Country of OriginIndia


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