Original 19th Century Persian Gold-Inlaid Bichuwa Damascus Steel Forked Dagger with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. The bichuwa or bichawa (Hindi: बिछुवा, Urdu: بچھوا) is an Indian dagger with a loop hilt and a narrow undulating sharp blade. It is named for its resemblance to the sting of a scorpion, for which the Hindi name is bichuwa. The weapon was based on the maduvu, or horn dagger created by the Dravidians of south India, and many bichuwa have blades which retain the shape of buffalo horns. A few bichuwa are forked or even double-bladed, such as this magnificent example with a three-pronged blade.
A Medieval design, this example probably made in the early 19th century, it is a dagger of tremendous beauty. Originating in Persia, these were also carried to India by the MUGHAL Emperors who invaded the sub Continent in the 1500s. Clearly the original intention with these remarkable three bladed dagger was to find a way through the Chain Mail armor in use in Europe and the East from the Crusades forward.
The dagger measures 11" overall with a "WOOTZ" Damascus steel blade of 6 1/2", the entire iron grip is smothered in GOLD filigree inlays which extends also to the iron scabbard. Interestingly the leather lining to the inside of the scabbard does show wear indicating age despite its outwardly amazingly condition.
A most unusual fighting knife fabulously gold inlaid, ready to display.
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