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Arms of the brave (kshatriya) always support and sustain the people like (a father his) son.
A brave (kshatriya) is, for this reason, honored by all, in all situations.
There is nothing in all the three worlds, which is beyond (the reach of) bravery.
Brave (kshatriya) sustains all, and all depend upon the brave.

(Mahabharata, Shanti Parva, 99. 17-18)

 

Rajputs, the warrior clan of the desert state of Rajasthan, ruled and protected their kingdoms from the foreign rule with bravery and courage. Not compromising with chivalry, they never did any injustice following their highly borne principles. Some of them did subdue to the terms of Mughals and lessened down to become their vassals. However, there were those patriotic ones who were proud enough to resist the foreigners.

The long headed, with broad faces and high cheek boned Rajputs were subdivided into three lineages: the Suryavanshis (Solar clan), the Chandravanshis (the Lunar clan), and the Agnivanshis (the Fire-Born). Being indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, they were the sons of the kings or the royalty.

Rajput ethos is primarily martial in spirit and characteristic. Originally bred as warring clans, they had fierce weaponry owned and legendary battle victories to their names. Following the men, women too embodied to choose death before dishonour. As men preferred to fight till the last drop of blood, the women, along with their young children, performed Jauhar by embracing the flames of the sandalwood pyre.

Acknowledging the specialized weaponry incorporated by Rajputs, swords, bows & arrows, armour, spears & javelins, and daggers were extensively seen in their assortment. Especially useful in a close combat, dagger is a weapon with short double-edged blade designed for thrusting, stabbing and cutting. Particularly, seen in hand-to-hand fighting, daggers originated in the prehistoric era. During the Neolithic times, it was seen as a piece of flint, bone, ivory. Later it evolved into axes, spears, or even maces and highly specialized daggers made with various durable metals.

Daggers were considered as a secondary or even tertiary weapon. In many cultures, holding its unique significance, daggers have been an important accessory for a warrior, meant for offensive and defensive purpose. Daggers belonging to a Hindu Rajput clan are one of the most talked ones around the world. Apart from the lethal factor, the rest of the beauty is charmed by the embellishment seen on such weapons to kill.

Specially designed handmade daggers were decorated with mesmerizing designs engraved on the handles. Precious stones studded in gold and silver along with capturing filigree work look like creations of perfection. These days such pieces of art are have become collectibles and are displayed as showpieces. Home decoration daggers with varied styles are also available that are long lasting and good quality.

Talking about different styles in handmade daggers, names such as Mughal Dagger-Horse, Mughal Dagger-Fish, Mughal Dagger-Tiger, Damascus Dagger, Coustille Dagger, etc., can be obtained from Jaipur markets. Offered in various demanded shapes and sizes, antique handcrafted daggers can also be obtained from Jaipur. Using fine metal, daggers, as the symbol of royalty, courage and bravery, always become traditional yet antique after years of making them. Their seekers also favorably seek vicious-looking yet subtly bejeweled daggers holding antique value.

 
 
 

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