Swords from the Indian Subcontinent

Hello all

I have recently seen a video or two from scholagladitora about the kinds of swords one may find on the Indian subcontinent and I was wondering if there were any companies that made modern versions of the older weapons. I have looked online and so far, it seems as if the purchase of a sword like a Khanda or pata would involve buying a historical antique. While that certainly would be cool, I'd like to know if there are modern makers of the weapons.

Thanks a lot for your help

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Few and Far Between I am afraid..
by: Paul

Maybe in the "golden age of sword reproductions" from 2005-2010 you may have been able to find some. But from 2011 onwards, the sword industry - which is a very small cottage industry really, has contracted to its core of medieval and Japanese swords..

Now, with the exception of the aforementioned antiques, very few sword manufacturers are willing or able to take a risk on any swords which are essentially a "niche within a very small niche" and so the only choice is the Indian Talwar by Cold Steel (which is, fortunately, a pretty decent piece).

It is a shame to be honest, as some of the best producers of affordable medieval swords are based in India - Windlass Steelcrafts, Deepeeka and Sharpedge Handicrafts (though Windlass does make some Khukris) but otherwise, for anything more exotic - these days you need to track down an antique or go fully custom..

We will do what we can to help expand and maintain diversity of swords though. Some of my favorite swords are quite unique and have few options for collectors..

- Paul

Indian subcontinent swords
by: BlackLionArms

There are a number of less known sword manufacturers in India that produce quality reproductions sold in souks throughout the Middle East. These are often cased weapons, sold in a wood and glass display box. They range in quality depending on the sources, but typically sell for USD$500-$1000. They are often historically accurate and included watered blades. The better ones are of high quality and worth bartering for (don't pay listed prices), however avoid the lighter varieties that have very poor blade quality and really are purely decorative (often gold and silver gilt scabbards). I have purchased both modern and original Indian blades (there are many east India company tulwars available) but based on the poor production quality of the 19th century weapons, the later dress Sabres are a much better investment.

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