15 ¾” length, forged iron, perhaps watered steel. Tapered blade with broad double fullers and thickened armor piercing blade. Both edges saw tooth below the point, a feature we have not seen elsewhere. Concave face side guards enclosing a pair of faceted baluster grips with a pierced membrane at the middle. Worn with pitting throughout as typical for these. The scabbard recovered in the 20th century. Katars were specifically made to breach mail and plate armor. Once penetrated, advancing the blade required breaking mail links. The sawtooth edges here evidently were intended as an improved mail cutter at that stage of the thrust. Surely, the psychology of facing such a weapon in the hands of a beefy and animated opponent was not lost on its maker. Very rare.
Stock Number: A8931

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