Object Title

Dagger (katar)

Dagger (katar)



Object Number



Presented by the Indian Government, 1861. From the Indian disarmament of 1859

Physical Description

This katar follows the usual pattern except that the blade divides into two. Each blade is of substantial proportions chiselled with a panel in each face that is divided by a central rib that terminates near the hilt in a flower form. The entire hilt shows no evidence of ever having been decorated.


Dimensions: The length of the blades is 220 mm, the overall length of the weapon is 357 mm. Weight: The weight of the weapon is 0.444 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.231, p.7.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no.xv 774, p. 32.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 16


Corrosion and lines of brazing show exactly how this weapon has been assembled from relatively simple elements.