Friday, February 15, 2013

Ceremonial Knife from India

My sister has a pair of ceremonial knives which she bought from a curio dealer in India when she was there on business. I believe these things are real. Below is the larger one, and if you look in the pictures you can tell that the blades are made of Damascus steel and the handle and scabbard are supposed to be inlaid silver. The level of detail and filigree on these are amazing.

Ceremonial knife from India - with scabbard

Ceremonial knife from India - Parrot beak pommel
Bird beak pommel. It does look like tarnished silver

Ceremonial knife from India - Other side showing etching

Ceremonial knife from India - Closeup of etching

Ceremonial knife from India - Closeup of scabbard

Ceremonial knife from India - Another closeup of scabbard
Beautiful Filigree

Ceremonial knife from India - Closeup of handle
Sure looks like it's done by hand to me

Ceremonial knife from India - Partially in scabbard

Ceremonial knife from India - Closeup of parrot beak

Ceremonial knife from India - Another view of etching

Ceremonial knife from India - View of handle

Ceremonial knife from India - View of Damascus steel
Hard to see in most of the pictures, but definitely Damascus steel

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