Indian Khanda basket hilted sword with early Patissa blade
An early Indian Khanda sword. Dating to the 18th century or earlier. The blade from a South Indian Patissa with elaborate chiselled central spine, flexible blade likely of wootz damascus steel retaining a very sharp cutting edge. The basket hilt with thick handguard and decorated pommel and long hand spike to the end. Retaining a pleasing dark blackened uncleaned patination allover. Of South Indian origin.