Indian pattern-welded bagh-nakh

ring-to-ring width: 4 3/8"
claw length: 2 1/8"
weight: 4.5 oz

Indian tiger claw bagh-nakh, 1800's or 1900's. Very unusual example with pattern welded steel. I've sent copies of the pictures off to my damascus expert buddy, we'll see if he declares this true damascus patterning or some other form of pattern welding. (Here's a great trick he taught me for bringing out the etching on pieces that are possibly damascus - let it soak in cola for about half an hour. That etches away just a tiny bit of the metal's skin and age-accumulated gunk, exposing the patterning. Makes me want to stop drinking soda, that's for sure, but I can't imagine eating pizza without drinking cola.)

Here's your fighting lesson for today - the use of bagh-nakh. The weapon is held projecting from the palm of the hand with the thumb and pinky through the rings, as in the second to last picture. The strike is an open slap, ripping and tearing unarmored (and mostly unclothed) skin. Someone in this bagh-nahk's history decided that the true method must be projecting from the back of the fist for a Wolverine style slash and bent the weapon accordingly, but they were wrong. This one needs to be straightened, but because of the extreme rarity and since it's presented here at TherionArms as a comission piece for sale for a friend, I'm loathe to mess with the configuration, no matter how inaccurate.