Basket hilt Tulwar
Date: 18th century
Materials: Steel and Cotton Fabric
This particular tulwar is a fine example of an 18th century Indian sword, and has a tulwar style blade, being slightly curved in the last quarter. This made it perfect for use while on horse back, similar to the Afghan Pulwar. The blade is single-edged, straight and triple fullered, staying true to the original design and origin of the Firangi sword type. The steel blade is very tough and flexible which meant it was very durable for vigorous combat during the 18th century. The pommel has a prominent stalk, curved by design, to allow the wielder to grasp. This allowed for easy manoeuvring and accurate cutting. The hilt also has a large knuckle guard in the traditional basket-hilt style which is seen on Khandas and other large swords.