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Steel Wootz Jambiya Dagger, Persia, Qajar Period

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Steel Wootz Jambiya Dagger, Persia, Qajar Period

Comments for: Steel Wootz Jambiya Dagger, Persia, Qajar Period
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2007 09:20PM

This Jambiya / Khanjar dagger is Persian, Qajar period, mid 19 C. Very fine curved blade with central rib, finely forged from watered steel (Wootz, Damascus) of clear and high contrast pattern. The top of the blade is decorated with a tiger (??) attacking an antelope, inlaid with gold koftgari work. The handle and the scabbard are made of steel, finely chiseled in a classical Qajar decoration style of human and animal figures, in a thick floral background. Both handle and scabbard were gold washed, now mostly gone. Total length 18 inches.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: June 29, 2007 03:33AM

EXTRA ! EXTRA ! EGYPT OUTLAWS FEMALE CIRCUMSION ! EXTRA ! EXTRA !
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: July 06, 2007 02:19AM

The secret of making Wootz steel has been lost for centuries. It had the unusual property of been able to keep a very sharp edge while not being brittle. It can be recognized by it's characteristic wavy banding on it's surface.