Katara, short punching sword

A Kattari, Katara or Katar (Devanāgarī: कटार, kaţţāri, kaţāra), also known as a suwaiya or Bundi dagger, is a type of short punching sword that originated in South India as "Kattari" and spread throughout India. It is used to make swift and quick attacks. It is notable for its horizontal hand grip, which results in the blade of the sword sitting above the user's knuckles. Three other examples of bladed weapons native and unique to India are the Khanda, Urumi and Pata.

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Katara (sword), a short punching sword, India - 18th cen.

  • Total length approx. 495 mm
  • Blade length approx. 279 mm
  • Blade profile approx. 52 x 5 mm
  • Blade profile 5 cm from the tip approx. 17 x 5 mm
  • Length of the grooves of about 246 mm
  • The handle frame is made of a steel rod with a ca 15 x 4 mm profile
  • The handle consists of two cones about 94 mm long, about 39 mm diameter
  • POB about 0 cm
  • Weight without sheath approx. 660 g (sharp blade)
  • Weight including sheath approx. 750 g
  • Blade of spring steel W.Nr. 1.7102 (DIN 54SiCr6) quenched to a hardness of approx. 53 HRC

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Typically, kattaris were used in close range hand-to-hand combat, which is effective in armour piercing. The blade was often corrugated for additional strength. "Hooded kattaris" have a shield extending over the back of the user's hand. The handle sides were also used to block attacks, since all kattaris had an "H"-shaped handle. Because of the nature of the weapon, attacks were mainly direct thrusts that would easily pierce the enemies' armor with a single but strong blow, possible because of the light weight and amazing attack speeds that could be achieved. The use of poisons was another deadly way of increasing the katara's effectivity in battle. Kattaris ceased to be in common use in the 19th century.

The Kattari is one of the oldest and most characteristic of the Indian knife weapons. Its peculiarity lies in the handle which is made up of two parallel bars connected by two, or more, cross pieces, one of which is at the end of the side bars and is fastened to the blade. The remainder forms the handle which is at right angle to the blade. The blades are always double-edged and are generally straight and with lengths from a few inches to about 3 feet. The blades of southern India are often made broad at the hilt and taper in straight lines to the point, and elaborately ribbed by grooves parallel to the edges. European blades of the 16th and 17th centuries were often used, especially by the Maratha Empire and were always riveted to projections from the hilt.

Please read also our: Directions for the use of bladed weapons.

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6.4.2017 0:31


Just a noticeable flaw in this product sale strategy is the price, you should look at comparable products made from comparable materials, this Katar is way overpriced here's a good comparable product to look at http://kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AH3458 It's MUCH cheaper than this and is as if not more well made than this. This costs more than my two cold steel high carbon blades which can punch through the hood of a car, and my hanwei high carbon steel sword, COMBINED!!! Please take down the price, this is a dagger not a sword. Thank you.

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