Category: choora

victoriansword: Khyber knife Origin: Afghani…

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Khyber knife

Origin: Afghanistan, 1800s

Materials: Steel; elephant ivory; silver

Measure: O.L. 29; blade L. 22 ¾"

Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. 

Indian Tulwar and Afghan Khyber Knife, 19th Ce…

Indian Tulwar and Afghan Khyber Knife, 19th Century

An 18th or 19th century Indian tulwar, robust hilt and blade of double-fullered European form, 68cm long. Together with an Afghan Khyber knife of typical form, but with faulty hilt, the t-section blade being 60cm long.

A nice side-by-side comparison of the two sword types. Tulwars had a quite a range on blade types, but still a nice representative example of a tulwar and a typical blade width. 

victoriansword: A Mughal Jade-Hilted Khyber …

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A Mughal Jade-Hilted Khyber Knife, 19th Century

The single-edged steel blade of tapering form with flattened spine, decorated to each side in gold inlay with a nasta’liq inscription-filled cartouche, and further inscription-filled cartouches at the forte terminating in parrot heads, the forte decorated in koftgari with vegetal designs, the spine of the hilt with further inscription, jade grips, with velvet-clad wood scabbard. 58.5 cm long.

Inscriptions: a couplet from Nizami’s Iqbal-nameh, bar-avikhteh nachakhi zahr-dar be-vaqt-e zadan talkh chun zahr-e mar, ‘The poisonous nachakh suspended, Is bitter like snake’s poison at the time of strike’.

The maker has chosen Nizami’s couplet without understanding the actual meaning of the word nachakh which is described as battle-axe; double-pointed spear or a short javelin.

victoriansword: Afghan Swords, 19th Century …

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Afghan Swords, 19th Century

Steps in the evolution of the Khyber knife from ethnic/native to the military regulation type. Bottom to top: full military regulation khyber knife, combination military regulation / native khyber knife, native khyber knife.

Khyber Knife, 19th Century 58.5 cm blade.

Khyber Knife, 19th Century

58.5 cm blade.

Indian Khyber Knife/Sword (Choora, Churra, Cha…

Indian Khyber Knife/Sword (Choora, Churra, Charay), 19th Century

Straight 25 inch single edged blade decorated on both sides with engraved and gold overlaid scenes of animal combat. Bolster with panels of gold overlaid scrollwork. Green hardstone gripscales.

First Anglo-Afghan War Display at the National…

First Anglo-Afghan War Display at the National Army Museum in London

A Mughal Jade-Hilted Khyber Knife, 19th Cent…

A Mughal Jade-Hilted Khyber Knife, 19th Century

The single-edged steel blade of tapering form with flattened spine, decorated to each side in gold inlay with a nasta’liq inscription-filled cartouche, and further inscription-filled cartouches at the forte terminating in parrot heads, the forte decorated in koftgari with vegetal designs, the spine of the hilt with further inscription, jade grips, with velvet-clad wood scabbard. 58.5 cm long.

Inscriptions: a couplet from Nizami’s Iqbal-nameh, bar-avikhteh nachakhi zahr-dar be-vaqt-e zadan talkh chun zahr-e mar, ‘The poisonous nachakh suspended, Is bitter like snake’s poison at the time of strike’.

The maker has chosen Nizami’s couplet without understanding the actual meaning of the word nachakh which is described as battle-axe; double-pointed spear or a short javelin.