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Roger Hooper




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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec, 2009 9:09 pm    Post subject: British India Fighting Knife         Reply with quote

I came across this item on the Culloden House Antiques website - called a British India fighting knife, worn by the bodyguard of the Maharaja of Burdwans, West Bengal, mid 19th century. It has a 13 inch blade, and a brown quartz grip with a mother of pearl circle on it.

Nice knife!



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Scott Kowalski




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PostPosted: Sun 20 Dec, 2009 6:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is a nice find Roger. I have always loved knives with guards on them. In fact this one reminds me of the broken saber carried by the main character in the television show Branded. I think Richard Widmark was the star?

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Gabriele Becattini





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PostPosted: Sun 20 Dec, 2009 8:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

very nice knife, when i have see it i have tought the same as Scott, looks like a broken sabre and it's not dissimilar from a d-guard bowie, i have always had the intention to start a topic about fighting knife, it would be nice to see other examples.
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Dec, 2009 8:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Boy was I wrong, it was Chuck Connors who starred in Branded and not Richard Widmark. It goes to show you, do not post before the caffeine kicks in! Though I would not mind having a knife like that still.

Gabriele, you are correct since it also reminds me of a D-guard Bowie knife which I also like.

Scott

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Gabriele Becattini





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PostPosted: Sun 20 Dec, 2009 8:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

hope that this one won't be off topic, but for sure very interesting for everyone interested in british style fighting knife, follow that link:
http://www.gotavapen.se/gota/artiklar/fs/shan...iknife.htm
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Roger Hooper




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PostPosted: Sun 20 Dec, 2009 9:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Branded, with Chuck Conners as an army officer cashiered for supposed cowardice (hence the broken saber) wandering the Old West , sort of like The Fugitive. The title chorus sings passionately, What do you do when you're branded... and you know you're a man!!?


Has anyone come across another grip that is made of crystal? - an unusual choice.
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Dec, 2009 12:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
Has anyone come across another grip that is made of crystal? - an unusual choice.


Tirri "Islamic weapons" has a few. One that looks like clear quartz, with a tiny short rod tang. Some jade ones as well. Persian and Indian.

"Iron and Steel Swords of China" has some as well. Persian-influenced.
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