Date: 19th century
Materials: Iron, steel, wood and suede.
A large example of a fighting Khanda
The word khanda has its origins in the Sanskrit khaḍga(खडग), from a root khaṇḍ meaning “to break, divide, cut, destroy”. The khanda is one of the oldest forms of the Indian swords, dating back as early as the 2nd century A.D. Traditionally, Khande are large, heavy, have double-edged blades – which widen towards the tip. The weight of the Khanda allows for heavy cuts. Often, the blades are reinforced on a single edge. It was during the 17th century when basket hilts were developed and added to the Khanda to allow for better manoeuvring and hand protection.
Presented here is a very practical Khanda. The already thick blade gradually widens towards the tip, where it terminates in a rounded point Indicating this Khanda was made for battle and to be utilised; rather than being a ceremonial example with no functional use. Reaching almost 3inch width at the widest point! The blade has thick reinforcements in the form of a long langet at the base of the blade or reinforcing strips on either side of the blade. The blade is made of boldly contrasting pattern welded steel with a cutting edge. The pattern is vivid and consistent throughout the portions of the blade.
Accompanied with a new period matching wooden scabbard wrapped in brown suede.