These knives are sometimes referred to as Indian Punch daggers, or ‘Tiger Knives’.
This is the best of it’s type, the grips decorated with very intricate and thick scrolling gold work, arranged in floral patterns adorning the grips. The floral work is further highlighted by chasing to add detail to the floral pattern. All against a black steel background, the gold-work is striking.
The blade is forged form high contrast Indian Wootz Damascus steel, and expertly chiselled. The central panels show off the damascus pattern, and the edges and tip polished bright. A very thick armour piercing tip (slightly blunted).
A later, but beautifully made scabbard with pierced brass chape.