Katara (Dagger)

Katara (Dagger)

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The katara or suwaiya, is a type of push dagger from India. It is characterised by its H-shaped horizontal hand grip, which results in the blade of the sword sitting above the user's knuckles. Unique to South Asia, it is the most famous and characteristic of Indian daggers. Ceremonial katara were also used in worship. The katara originated in Tamil Nadu where its Dravidian name was kattari before being altered to katara in the north. The earliest forms occur in the medieval Deccan kingdom of Vijayanagara (Vizianagaram). Katara dating back to this period often had a leaf- or shell-like knuckle-guard to protect the back of the hand, but this was discarded by the latter half of the 17th century.show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 318g
  • DIC Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136760606
  • 9786136760605