Overall length: 48.7 cm / 19.2 inch
Blade length: 24.5 cm / 9.6 inch
Thickness: forte 9.5 mm, middle 15 mm, near tip 12.5 mm
Blade width: forte 48 mm, middle 29 mm, near tip 18 mm
Bulge: 16.5 mm thick by 26 mm wide.
Weight without scabbard: 724 grams
Origin: North India.
Materials: Iron, steel, silver.
Dating: 18th century
A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade. The blade has an acute point and a thick bulge near the tip where it reaches a thickness of almost twice the forte. Most of these are of wootz steel, but in its current state it is impossible to determine this is wootz as well.
Blade has deep grooves, more like sunken panels, with high ridges separating them. Such grooves are often erroneously called "blood grooves" but are usually purely meant to lighten a blade while keeping it rigid. Sometimes the grooves and sunken panels are so shallow that they are almost purely ornamental.
The grooves on this katar, however are deep enough to lighten the structure while maintaining rigidity and even to act as actual channels to drain blood out of a wound so the weapon doesn't function as a "stop" if not extracted. It's a guess, but perhaps these heavy armor piercers are made this way because they are more likely to get stuck in a steel plate.
The handle consists of three bars, their ends protruding from the sides of the two long, thick steel sidebars with remains of old silver damascening. It is a very simple but well-executed piece, relying purely on its geometry and not on decoration for its aesthetic appeal. The weapon is currently in an old mirror finish.
This katar is part of a group of north Indian katar with some shared features:
1. Highly geometric handle construction with multiple handlebars that go through simple sidebars and protrude on each side.
2. Relatively narrow, extremely thick armor piercing blades that seem suitable against heavy armor.
Nordlunde, Jens: A Passion for Indian Arms; a Private Collection. 2016, Denmark. Self-published. For similar handles, see catalog numbers 112 (dated 1803-1804), 46. For similar handles and characteristic narrow blades, see catalog numbers 55, 65, 134, 157.