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.
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
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.