What is it? Game 88

W00t! (or better yet, Yikes!) Our weekly collaboration with the What is it? Blog brings us this scary looking thing. Yes, it's a dagger, but can you guess what it is specifically for?

Place your guess in the comment section. No prize this week, so you're playing for fame and glory. Please don't post any URL, let others play.

For more clues, check out the What is it? Blog. Good luck!

Update 1/17/09 - the answer is: A katar dagger from India, a type of short punching sword used to pierce armor in hand to hand combat.

Congratulations to Kit Cloud who got it right off the bat. Must've been too easy for you guys!

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This is a jamadhar used in 14-19 century in India. It is often mistaken to be a Katar. According to a book i have a Katar is actually a dagger that is very common in India and what happened was when Akbar the Great(1542-1605) completed the Ain-e-Akbari(a encyclopedia of some sort) the picture was draw incorrectly, which lead to the invention of the Jamadhar! The Jamadhar also lead to the invention of the patta, which is similar to the jamadhar but longer and more sword-like such as a gautlet added to it.
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