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Qatar dagger with flint pistols

Qatar dagger with flint pistols

Qatar, or as it is also sometimes called jamadhar, refers to the pinch daggers or daggers that have a brass grip. In translation, the word "Qatar" means: a tooth, a blade, or the most exotic meaning "the language of the god of death." Qatar is typically Indian weapon, although it is sometimes found in Indonesia, China and even Europe. The first mention of Qatar is dated to the 14 century, but Qatar was most prevalent in the 16-18 centuries.

Qatar is designed for stabbing, its blade often has the shape of an isosceles triangle and a diamond-shaped section. A characteristic feature of Qatar is a special form of the handle. Two plates (sometimes two rods) are attached to the base of the blade, which are arranged with the usual grip along the forearm. Most often they are parallel, or diverge at a not very large angle. Plates are interconnected by two crossbars, performing the role of the handle.

In the 18 century, due to the widespread use of firearms, they began to manufacture combined weapons everywhere. The design of the Qatar dagger made it easy to place firing devices on the side plates. In this form, the side plates served not only the role of protection for the hand and forearm against enemy strikes, but also served as the basis for attaching a firearm.

Flint pistols mounted on Qatar are most often box-construction.

Flintlock pistols, on the Qatar dagger presented, consist of a framework with a flintlock and a table. The frame is brass, on its side surfaces there is an engraving in the form of the head of an elephant and a wild boar. Locks without safety devices.

The Qatar dagger with flint pistols (Katar Flintlock Pistol), shown in the photo, has a narrow blade (usually this indicates the import origin of the blade). The base of the blade is attached with a triangular protrusion of the front part of the cross. The handle, side plates have decorations in the form of floral and floral ornaments and are trimmed along the contour with bead-shaped balls.

The blade of the Qatar is double-bladed with a central dale, has a length of 240 mm. Barrels steel pistols, length 50 mm. Two transverse plates of the handle have a rounded section.

Firing devices are attached to the side plates with screws. Triggers with non-cocked triggers fit snugly to the front bar of the handle and do not interfere with the hand when stabbing with the blade.

The barrel of the pistols at the muzzle has a bell like a trombone. The outer surfaces of the trunks also have a decorative finish.

The Qatar dagger with flint pistols presented in this photo has a characteristic Indo-Persian blade. The blades of the Cathars were usually made of Indian damask (cast Damascus) or "wutz", most often they were wide at the base for inflicting heavy stab wounds.

The length of the blade of this Qatar 266 mm, the surface of the blade of the dagger is decorated with engraving with the image of two armed soldiers against the background of floral ornament.

The surface of the handle and side plates are inlaid with gold and decorated with complex floral and geometric patterns. Shooting devices - flint pistols boxlock construction, made entirely of steel. On the side surfaces of the frame there is an engraving. Triggers in this case are located closer to the base of the blade, so as not to interfere with the comfortable grip of the handle.

The side plates are flat, two transverse rods connecting them, which act as a handle, are slightly curved and have a rectangular cross-section. Silicon guns are fixed with screws on the first half of the side plates, between the base of the blade and the handle. The total length of the dagger pistol 422 mm.

Barrels of cylindrical pistols, length 45 mm, caliber 0,44 barrels.

The Qatar Flintlock Pistol is a very unusual and rare weapon. Its price on gun auctions reaches $ 6000 - $ 8000.
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  1. makarov
    makarov 25 January 2014 08: 29
    What a flight of fantasy ??? Here's what you can do after eating a betel nut ...
    1. Sid.74
      Sid.74 25 January 2014 15: 45
      In my opinion, this contraption played the role of a kind of show-off and was probably not used in battle. For example, it is known that the Rajputs (a privileged class) used the cathar as a second weapon and held it in their left hand. In the right there was a longer weapon - talwar, pistols of this design could only to shoot at close range and even to remove fingers from the handle, while such a wide blade can inflict a fatal blow much faster and cause severe blood loss! Beautiful exotic that the Hindu blacksmiths probably did for rich "tourists" from Britain, the Anglo-Saxons probably emphasized their high status over "subhuman" Indians! Possibly used as a finishing weapon when hunting an animal!
      1. Vladimirets
        Vladimirets 25 January 2014 21: 52
        Quote: Sid.74
        A beautiful exotic that the Hindus blacksmiths probably made for the rich "tourists" from Britain, the Anglo-Saxons probably emphasized their high status over the "subhuman" Hindus!

        When contemplating this rarity, Indiana Jones-style Hollywood films immediately came to mind.
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  3. ddzhan
    ddzhan 25 January 2014 15: 05
    Exotic, but interesting. Surely holding it in her hand was easier than a dagger. In the right saber, in the left this thing.
  4. Ilya Mikhalych
    Ilya Mikhalych 25 January 2014 15: 12
    Exotic weapons. The first time I see this. Judging by the look, it’s not very convenient, purely for show-offs. Article +
  5. Kir
    Kir 25 January 2014 16: 07
    The article is unambiguous Plus, only there are questions about the drawing technique. Considering (though the time has also applied "hands") the texture is more likely to be partially cast with elements of chasing and etching, with finishing in places with a cutter.
  6. vkrav
    vkrav 25 January 2014 17: 09
    Qatar is a weapon for piercing chain mail. A terrible thing. And with a pistol ... I somehow got to an exhibition of exotic weapons "from the funds" in the Hermitage - there was something to see there.
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 25 January 2014 21: 54
      Quote: vkrav
      Qatar is a weapon for piercing chain mail. A terrible thing. And with a gun ...

      Judging by the fact that smoke was used in these pistols, and the caliber and length of the trunks was small, they did not fit much for piercing chain mail, if only to shoot a cat.
      1. Orang
        Orang 26 January 2014 14: 50
        Chainmail made its way through the blade. A point blank shot will easily knock down a person, in Europe pistols with such a barrel were successfully used for self-defense.
        1. Vladimirets
          Vladimirets 26 January 2014 20: 41
          Quote: Orang
          A point blank shot will easily knock down a person, in Europe pistols with such a barrel were successfully used for self-defense

          This is a kind of trauma of its time, in unprotected areas the effect will be.
  7. alex_valent
    alex_valent 25 January 2014 17: 37
    interesting range from this .... so to speak weapons exceeded the length of the sword?
  8. Orang
    Orang 26 January 2014 15: 00
    Here they write about show-offs. Not in this case. Qatar was quite common in India and Iran.
    The design allows you to apply powerful stabbing strokes without threatening to dislocate the brush, the wound is terrible, the blade is wide. In combination with a gun, of course, a rarity, not for simple.
  9. 505506
    505506 27 January 2014 11: 23
    The weapon is very interesting, thanks to the author!