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Rare and Extremely Fine 18 C. Wootz Pesh Kabz Dagger

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Origin: Mogul, India

Date: 18 C.

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The legendary Pesh-Kabz knife / dagger is believed to originate from Iran in the 17 C. in the Safavid period (1450-1750). It was originally designed as an armor piercing weapon intended to penetrate and break the rings of mail armor. Somewhat later it widespread in Central Asia  and brought by the Moguls to Northern India.

The classical Pesh-Kabz is a single edged knife with heavy re-curving  Full tang blade with a thick T shaped spine. The tang is fitted with two side grips made from Walrus (Mostly in Iran) or Elephant ivory (India) or / and other luxuries materials like rhinoceros horns, precious metals or gem stones.

Iranian and neighboring countries people use a Pesh-Kabz with moderate curved blade and full length T spine. Indian Pesh Kabz are usually of deeper curvature and half length T spine.

The Pesh Kabz dagger offered here is most probably Moghul Indian. Blade forged from fine watered steel (wootz) of rather low  contrast pattern. What makes this Pesh Kabz outstanding is the running steel balls in a channel cut along the center of the blade, also referred to as the “Tears of the wounded” or “Tears of Allah”.  Short inscription on the spine reads: Igad Ibraim ( ايجاد ابراهيم ). Marine Ivory (Walrus) grips attached to the blade tang  with 5 rivets. Watered steel grip strap. A decorative gold inlaid steel tongue is attached to the back side of the grip strap. The spine, grip atrap and bolsters are all decorated with gold inlay work. The scabbard is covered with green velvet (Original cover) and mounted with gilded silver locked and chape

Blade 7 inches (18 cm). Total length 12 inches (30 cm). Very good plus condition. Authentic and rare 18 C. Pesh Kabz.

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