The iconic sword of the Coorgs of southwest India, fierce and respected warriors who historically fought their neighbors to maintain independence, then the British in 1834, where Coorg warriors distinguished themselves against overwhelming odds and superior weapons. This example is the largest we have encountered with 27” blade and represents the ayda Katti in its true early war sword form, as opposed to the shorter versions which was carried daily as much for prestige as protection. Well-worn from service, the wood grip with good patina over small defects. The blade with uniform salt and pepper oxidation developing to scattered pitting at the forte. Only example of this size we have seen and evidently none published as well.