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    It is hard to say from the pictures, but it could...

    It is hard to say from the pictures, but it could be an European blade.

    Merry Christmas
  2. I understand you Kurt:-).

    I understand you Kurt:-).
  3. It is an interesting question, although asked...

    It is an interesting question, although asked years ago. But it is not easy to answer when you collect katars, as each katar will be something special to you.
    To this comes that the collectors tast...
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    Check for a pin an extra time, as they are often...

    Check for a pin an extra time, as they are often hidden in a decoration, and not easily seen.
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    Have a look at this hilt. It is from Robert Hales...

    Have a look at this hilt. It is from Robert Hales book Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour no 144.
    Here the birds can clearly be seen. Sometimes a dragon or Yali head can be seen, but not so often....
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    Eric, I dont know if the catalogue is sold out,...

    Eric,
    I dont know if the catalogue is sold out, as I have not been in contact with the seller for quite some time, and I know he is busy, so I wont press him.
    Did you know that the two 'hooks'...
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    Total length 35 cm. Length of blade 24 cm. Shown...

    Total length 35 cm. Length of blade 24 cm.
    Shown in my catalogue A Passion for Indian Arms pp. 79-80.
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    Eric, The time - hmm - yes it took me a number...

    Eric,
    The time - hmm - yes it took me a number of years to do it - five to seven if I remember correctly.
    Close to 140 different weapons are shown and with more than 500 pictures, a lot of them are...
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    Eric, Thank you very much for your...

    Eric,
    Thank you very much for your recomandation.
    Jens
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    I never did anything to the blade, and yes, it is...

    I never did anything to the blade, and yes, it is fine wootz.
    Notice that the two birds have their heads turned backwards like often seen.
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    Alll right, here is a detail of the hilt.

    Alll right, here is a detail of the hilt.
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    South Indian chilanum

    The dagger shown is a South Indian chilanum 16th century.
    The pommel final is in brass, and forms a sculptural composition that shows twim, opposing birds in a stylised form. The re-curved blade is...
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    Book on Indian weapons

    A Passion for Indian Arms
    366 pages with more than 500 pictures of which many are details. 210x297 mm.
    http://www.booksofasia.com/stock_detail.php?stockid=203995
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    A Passion for Indian Arms

    The book mentioned above is for sale at Books of Asia John Randall.

    366 page with more than 500 illustrations, 210x297 mm.

    The catalogue presents a private collection, collected over fifty...
  15. Maybe someone can help you here...

    Maybe someone can help you here http://forum.wordreference.com/forums/indo-iranian-languages.99/
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    Marius, You have done very well -...

    Marius,
    You have done very well - congratulations:-).
    I know it is not easy, but you have done the experiment yourself - and I take my hat of for you.
    I remember years ago there was a discussion...
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    It was only a suggestion, so it will be easier...

    It was only a suggestion, so it will be easier for the ones answering your questions to get a better view of the dagger.
    Depending on which equipment you are using, you should be able to get...
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    Try to photograph it in daylight - it is best if...

    Try to photograph it in daylight - it is best if it is clouded, to avoid too many shadows.
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    If you think the way to hold the hilt, is like...

    If you think the way to hold the hilt, is like you show, you would be a finger shorter within a few minutes of a fight.
    This has been discussed some years ago, and the fact is, that the Indians have...
  20. Hello Forde! I dont know how much you know about...

    Hello Forde! I dont know how much you know about the earlier Indian history, but it was quite messy
    At the Mughal court there were three fractions fighting each other, all Muslims but not believing...
  21. M Forde, I put the picture of the three hilts on...

    M Forde,
    I put the picture of the three hilts on the forum, and they are from the Memorial of the Jaipore exhibition 1883, as you correctly quote.
    There is one thing which you should be aware of,...
  22. I cant help you, but if no one can you could try...

    I cant help you, but if no one can you could try here http://forum.wordreference.com/forumdisplay.php?f=99
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    Aditya, I am sorry that I cant help, but maybe...

    Aditya,
    I am sorry that I cant help, but maybe if you send a better picture of the inscription, and a picture of the whole sword it will inspire someone who can.
    Jens
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    The blade to the right is made of wootz and the...

    The blade to the right is made of wootz and the other one of pattern welded steel. I must however add, that the pattern welded blade was made by a very skilled blade smith.
    Have a look at the...
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    You dont have to search on Google, why not try to...

    You dont have to search on Google, why not try to search on the forum - or on other forums for that matter.
    The attached shows a blade of pattern welded and one of wootz steel.
    Please tell me which...
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