Bichuwa Bagh Nakh Set
The term Bichuwa means 'scorpion sting dagger'. Originating from the Indian subcontinent, 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 in South India. Bagh nakh (or vagh nakhya) literally "tiger claws" in Hindi. This type of Bagh Nakha had many purposes, for example, poisoned bagh nakhs had been used by the Rajput clans for assassinations. The most well-known usage of the weapon was by the first Maratha emperor Shivaji who used a bichuwa and bagh nakh to defeat the Bijapur general Afzal Khan.
THIS BICHUWA BAGH NAKH
This example is true to the traditional design of the Bichuwa Bagh Nakh, with a rectangular grip bar surmounted with a pair of finger rings. From the front of the grip bar projects four crescent-shaped claws with extremely sharp tips, with the Damascus blade Bichuwa on the one end. This deadly weapon is designed to fit over the knuckles or be concealed under and against the palm, making it suitable for close combat. Yet the element of the Bichuwa gave this weapon a dual purpose. So while one could claw at the opponent using the Bagh Nakh, they could also pierce armour and thrust with the Bichuwa.
CONCLUSIONOverall, a rare (the first example we have offered) India weapon. This set of Bichuwa Bagh Nakh includes one for the left and one for right hand use.