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kard knife
kard dagger
kirk narduban
laddered blade
wootz blade
leather scabbard
leather scabbard
kard daggers
An Ottoman kard with laddered wootz blade
early 19th century
Indo-Persian arms
Ref. OK0040

This very nice Ottoman kard knife is fitted with a laddered wootz blade of 20cm. (often referred to as Kirk Narduban) The steel handle with a faceted ferrule and some koftgari decorations (on a cross hatched surface) that have partially faded. The leather scabbard is probably not the original example. A fine kard dagger in overall very good condition.

a similar example in the V&A Museum, London, inventory number 569&A-1876

32cm (12.6inch )