Material – Silver and Damascus Steel.
Manufacturing - Handmade
Size - 12 inches
Product Description :
This dagger has a Damascus blade, the handle and scabbard have a blackened finish and inlaid with silver.
This whole steel very beautiful dagger is an Indian Khanjar with a slightly re-curving blade 12 inches long, forged from very delicate Damascus steel (hardly seen). The handle with a bird styled pommel is also made of steel. A good polish and etching will enhance the beauty of this wootz blade.
This Indian dagger has an unsharpened blade of pattern-welded Damascus steel with silver inlay on one side. Damascus steel was a blade making method traditionally used until the 18th century - It is created by melding high and low carbon steels together into a single blade. This was done to combine the properties of both types of steel; low carbon for blade flexibility and shock absorption, and high carbon for strength and edge retention. This results in a blade that will not be too hard and prone to chipping or breaking, or an overly soft blade that will bend and not hold an edge. It is a compromise done when purer steels is unavailable. The welding of these different steels together creates beautiful designs on the blade that look akin to rippling water.
The metal hilt of the dagger is decorated with silver through the process of ‘’koftgari’’. This laborious and age-old process involves carefully pounding-in thin metal wire onto the hilt and scabbard, and then annealing the metals together in an oven. In this case, silver has been worked into the hilt and scabbard of this dagger.
The metal scabbard has been lined with red velvet and was extensively decorated with silver koftgari inlay.
Altogether, this dagger is an example of the the ancient blade making and decorating techniques of Indian pattern-welded damascus and koftgari.
We are providing Antique Koftgari to our consumers. This is an art which is gradually withering away with the time but we are into protecting the best of it. The hilt and the scabbard are made of steel and decorated with silver koftgari. Koftgari is a technique, in which only small grooves are made on the surface and then filled with gold or silver. My jambiya bears a very nice, intricate floral pattern. This particular piece is together with the khanjars one of my most treasured items: it has brought me a lot of collector's happiness.
This is probably the finest item in my collection. It is an Indo-Persian jambiya, or a small dagger, which was worn in Persia and Northern India as part of the dress by nobles and court officials. This one is a newly made one, hand forged by contemporary bladesmiths in India.
The hilt and the scabbard are made of steel and decorated with silver koftgari. Koftgari is a technique, in which only small grooves are made on the surface and then filled with gold or silver. My jambiya bears a very nice, intricate floral pattern. This particular piece is together with the khanjars one of my most treasured items: it has brought me a lot of collector's happiness.