Wootz Pesh Kabz


This form of dagger was employed widely, with variations to its features, throughout Persia and the Indian Subcontinent. This example is probably from the late 1700s and from the north of India or Afghanistan. Its handle’s bone scales have acquired a pleasant patina and are still held in place by iron pins and the leather pads that are to be found on either side of the tang. They lead first to iron bolsters and then to a blade which shows the desirable grainy patterns found in expensive wootz steel. The pesh kabz was a personal defence weapon designed to cut and stab, and it was reinforced along its spine to give it the strength to pass through an enemy’s mail armour.

This dagger comes with a refurbished vintage scabbard with brass openwork mounts.


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