Probably one of Indias most famous and characteristic daggers.
The unique design in this weapon, with its H-shaped horizontal hand grip which results in the blade sitting above the user's knuckles, made it popular.
The katar was created in Southern India, its earliest forms being closely associated with the 14th-century Vijayanagara Empire.
One of the most famous groups of early katar come from the Thanjavur Nayak kingdom of the 17th century. Katar dating back to this period often had a leaf- or shell-like knucklebow curving up from the top of the blade to protect the back of the hand. The knuckleguard was discarded altogether by the later half of the 17th century.
As the weapon spread throughout the region it became something of a status symbol, Princes and nobles were often portrayed wearing a katar at their side. This was not only a precaution for self-defense, but also meant to show their wealth and position. Upper-class Rajputs and Mughals would even hunt tigers with a pair of katar. For a hunter to kill a tiger with such a short-range weapon was considered the surest sign of bravery and martial skill.
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