Material: Metal Body
Primary Use: Close Combat Attack
First Used: Around 2,000 years ago
Still in Use?: Unknown
Translated as Dagger or a Push Knife this weapon was most effective for close combat stabbing, due to it's short size. Unique to Indian daggers the Katar has a H shaped handgrip, allowing a user to grip as if they were punching and use the full force of the blade. Not really suitable for throwing, but allowing the user to exert a huge amount of force. As with all Kyshatria weapons, it came in many forms, one even expanding once it had hit it's target. The blade would spit down the middle and a third, smaller blade would be revealed to the enemy. The inner blade was sometimes tipped with poison, leading to a deadly wound and poisoning, double kill!. Some versions even offered full hand protection and had snake like blades.
Royal Katars belonging to Hindu Warrior Kings were even inlaid with Gold and precious stones. Many claim that the Katar was brought into India, just a few centuries ago, but a 2,000 year old Hindu Temples carvings tell a different story. Not only are many of the carved sculptures using these weapons, but you can also see them in combat and even the very moment it enters an enemy. It is said that Warriors use to take Katar handles into battle, and if a sword broke, they could modify it to become an affective Katar.
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