Persian kard dagger, early 19th century, detail view of the blade decoration, walrus ivory hilt, watered steel blade, gold inlay. Met Museum. The blade and handle of this dagger is inscribed with Qur'anic passages thought to imbue it with talismanic properties believed to offer protection and ward off evil. "Damascus" or "watered" steel refers to blades that have been given a wavy or "watered" pattern, created by specific smelting and crucible techniques prior to forging.
Caucasian qama / kindjal dagger, 19th century, steel, horn, silver, niello, L. with sheath 21 13/16 in. (55.4 cm); L. without sheath 20 1/2 in. (51.4 cm); L. of blade 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm); W. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); Wt. 15.7 oz. (445.1 g); Wt. of sheath 13.9 oz. (394.1 g), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.
Caucasian qama dagger, 1860 to 1861, steel, leather, ivory, gold, silver, L. with sheath 18 13/16 in. (47.8 cm); L. without sheath 17 3/4 in. (45.1 cm); L. of blade 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm); W. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); Wt. 11.7 oz. (331.7 g); Wt. of sheath 3.5 oz. (99.2 g), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.
19thC. CENTRAL AFRICAN CONGO KNIFE. DAGGER,, KUBA TRIBE. #9073
Indian (Mughal) jambiya dagger, 18th century, kundan work (gems set with gold foil), steel, rock crystal, gold, silver, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, textile, wood, L. 15 3/4 in. (40.01 cm), Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935, Met Museum.
Iranian kard dagger, ca. 1800, steel, ivory, gold, wood, leather, iron, L. without sheath 15 7/16 in. (39.2 cm); W. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Wt. 14.8 oz. (419.6 g), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.