Nepalese kora
Overall length

62 cm

Blade length

47.5 cm

Blade thickness

Base 8 mm

Middle 6.5 mm

Near tip 5.5 mm

Blade width

Base 34 mm

Middle 34 mm

Widest at tip 101 mm

Weight without scabbard

1058 grams

Point of balance

13.6 cm from guard

Origin

Nepal

Materials

Steel, iron, cotton, wood, leather

Dating

Probably around mid 19th century

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Introduction

The kora is thought to originate from Bengal but is mostly associated with the Ghurkas of Nepal, who were known as capable and fearless warriors even today. Former Indian Army Chief of Staff Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famously said: 

"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha."

-Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
Former Indian Army Chief of Staff

 

Description

A very fine example, of classic form. The narrow blade has a thick ridged spine and a wide groove on either side. It is forge folded with a high-carbon plate exposed at the edge and layers of very fine pattern welding on either side.

The blade is in recent polish to reveal its construction to the fullest.

The hilt consists of two flat discs that protect the hand. The grip section is wrapped with cord in a special braid. At the pommel is a conical structure with a multi-layered peak that somewhat resembles the top of a stupa.

It comes with its original wooden scabbard which is covered by black leather. The tip section was damaged so this part was replaced by a professional woodworker and covered with new brown leather.

Condition 

Overall in very good condition. Everything is tight. No distortions in the blade's profile. In new polish, very sharp.

Conclusion

A very nice example with original scabbard and very finely forged, pattern-welded blade. A while ago I had a larger kora that was one of the finest I had seen at the time. This blade is more finely forged even and in better condition.

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