Khanda (sword)

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The khanda represents a very traditionally Indian form of sword. The broad, slightly flaring blade was common by 1000 C.E. The hilt is often referred to as a "Hindu basket hilt," combining the ancient roof-shaped handguard with a broad knuckle-guard and a distinctive spike-extension at the end, which allowed a second hand to be used for added power.

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Double edge splated section blade with 2 overlaying reinforcing pieces of iron, scalloped at each terminal, on both sides, riveted to blade. Crossguard is "double shell" with wide flat knuckle bow, with many chiseled grooves on outer side. Discoid pommel with tall octagonal section spike.

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