Sword ~ Talwar ~ India
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Sword ~ Talwar ~ India:
Update 2: I've had two people try to steal this (including an executive at a popular sale company) and at least one try to kill me since I opened this ad. I'm having lots of fun. I'm thinking about raising the price back up. Update 1: Temporary price reduction. Buy now!About the sword:Condition: It looks like its been through three generations of war. Use gloves. Leather grip may be blood stained.Do you own a sword that has actually been used in battle? Repeatedly? One that someone trusted enough to put their life on the line with it? And hand it down to their son?This isn't some fancy-boy decoration. This sword has seen lots of use. It is not stainless, which is just for knives and wall hangers. Like stainless, high carbon steel is too brittle and tends to snap too easily to be making swords from it. It looks like spring steel, which is popular for swords over there. The tip has been cut off and ground down to shorten the sword, the way a lot of Indian soldiers like. This makes it easier to pull back and put into someone even when they get right up on you. Notice that the tip was cut to a sharp angle for better thrusting. This wasn't just used for cracking coconuts.The scabbard appears to have originally been painted orange but someone has covered it in black cloth and most of the paint appears to either have been removed or flaked off. The metal back-strap going down the back of the handle allowed the use of leather for better grip while cutting down on the need to replace the leather with heavy use.They still have sword fights and battles in India. Not just the soldiers but tribes too. In fact when I went there I was forced to take a couple blades away from guys that were a little too hot headed. This sword wasn't one of them and thank god because from the looks of it that guy knew what he was doing and would have run me through.About the etching: In the US it is common to see etching on junk swords. I'm told its the opposite in India. The cheaper (but not junk) swords have no markings at all while higher quality swords have some sort of decoration. Indian culture is fond of decoration. You should see their temples.
Total length with scabbard 25"
Blade length 20 1/4Buy it quick before one of your rivals beat you to it and shows you how they got what you wanted!Nearly all of the proceeds from this sale will be used for private charitable activities. If you like I'll see about getting you a tax credit after the