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Indian Khanjarli Dagger, Wootz Blade

Indian Khanjarli Dagger, Wootz Blade

Status: Sold

Origin: South India | Culture: Indian

Date: 17th - 18th Century


Overall Length

  • 30cm

Blade Length

  • 20.2cm

Blade Thickness

  • Base 5.9mm
  • Tip 4.6mm

Blade Width

  • Base 32.5mm


  • 240 grams

A fine example of a khanjarli, categorised as such by the short-recurved blade and distinctively shaped hilt.  In this case the hilt is made up of six plates, including a large lunette pommel.  The khanjarli form is thought to have evolved from the chilanum, which was largely produced in the Deccan and South India in the seventeenth century.

The blade is forged from wootz steel, with a particularly thick raised central spine which is flanked by deep precise fullers, and a central stylistic pattern. The steel tang on which the ivory grips are secured is forged as one piece with the blade.

A similar one can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession 36.25.1065a, b.

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