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Ancient Scissor Knife (Katar) – Weird Weapons of India

Hey guys, today we are going to look at an
ancient Indian weapon called Katar . There are many interesting details about the origin
and types of Katar. I met this gentleman called Jayesh Kumar Pandian
who is a collector of antique weapons and he has an extraordinary collection of these
Katars. The word Katar actually comes from Tamil language
kattari, which means a dagger or a push knife. These daggers are short and cannot be used
for slashing, but they were used for stabbing people. One good thrust will send the dagger through
the body and the edge will come out through the other end. The main difference between most daggers and
the Indian Katar is the H-shaped horizontal hand grip. When you hold this, you clench your fist as
though you are ready to punch someone, and you make the exact motion like punching somebody. This design allows the fighter to put his
whole weight into a thrust, and you can target the head or the upper body of the enemy. Since it is light and small, It is more like
an extension of the fist than a dagger, and it seems more natural to attack and defend
with a Katar. A very interesting modification was made in
later stages and this fancy weapon is called a Scissor Kattar. You can see that that the blade is forked
into two blades. And the hand grip has a lever, and when you
press the lever, the blades open up and there is a smaller blade inside. The idea is to stab someone and then when
you press the lever, the blades will open up and tear the internal organs. But there was another deadly practice – on
the tip of the inside blade, poison was smeared. So, when the Katar went inside someone’s body
and the outer blades opened, the inner blade would come in direct contact with blood vessels
and other organs, and, the poison would mix directly with the blood. Remember, we are using an antique Kattar,
which is at least a 100 years old. Imagine the damage a new weapon can create. Royal Katars were richly engraved and some
even have gemstones placed on them. This one has tigers engraved on it, and even
on the sides you can see this tiger chasing a deer. These figures have gold inlays on them. Now, some people claim that Katars were not
native to India and were brought in during the last few centuries. Is this fabulous weapon really an ancient
invention, or was it just created a few centuries ago? To find the answer to this question, let us
go to the ancient Srirangam temple, which is older than 2000 years. Here we can see ancient Indians using the
Kattar in multiple sculptures. It is quite fascinating to see that the design
and stabbing style is still identical to what we see today. Some carvings even show the Kattar going into
a man’s body and the edge coming out on the other side. Here, we can even see a fighting style which
is focused on fighting with a pair of Katar, one in each hand. So, yes Kattar is in fact , an ancient weapon
developed by Tamil people. There is an interesting story about how Katars
were created. When the blades of long swords got broken,
instead of throwing away the blade, they were modified and reused as Katars. Soldiers began using them as backup weapons. The main advantage of a Katar is how it covers
your knuckles and the wrist. The long handles on either side cover your
hands and will protect them. There is a better version of this called the
Patta Kattar or a Hooded Katar, which completely covers your hand. There is also another type called the Snake
Kattar which has a curved, snake like blade. Katars made of wood, were used during practice
and training sessions. I hope you enjoyed watching this strange ancient
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100 thoughts on “Ancient Scissor Knife (Katar) – Weird Weapons of India

  1. I would like to add a point of view. This device was used to defend/ attack. My view is this! The body has not changed for a few long time. Yes! This weapon was not used on humans. Not as a primary weapon. The cut is so deep and would cause so much damage. The person would die of infection/ bleeding out. That being said. The idea of others that one would need to defend against. That is where my mind is going too. A blade like that would be used against a much stronger attacker and could inflect greater harm. The cutting when pulling, would help with the loss of blood from a larger attacker with less blood. Remember this, both when attacking and defending yourself. The amount of time in said conflict is important. People didn’t stand there, saying. You want some of this. It was kill or be killed. I think this weapon was used by a weaker yet smarter person

  2. Hi Praveen,
    There is another thing that you would be interested. I once saw an episode of deadliest warriors where the katar was tested.
    I was surprised to see that not only can the Katar very easily penetrate body, it totally destroyed the Roman armor. The armor was like a tshirt to the katar.

  3. Jeeze Praveen Ive never missed your videos ! your brilliant! Congrats on all your subscribers..You really work hard for us too! Love your work!

  4. Sir please visit manipur suspected chupacabra has been killing and attacking cattles since last month. Almost 800 animals has been killed in total. I'm willing to send videos and fotos for proof. Some people have been attacked also and they are willing to give testimony

  5. Mr Praveen it's Dev lokam weapon . Dev lokam , UFO , alien's ,
    The temple which you showed made out of stone , stone cutting technologies are not human . U have enlightened us with this knowledge.

    Thank you sir

  6. Thank you brother that you are presenting ancient india technologies and discoveries but even after that muslims and bhim worshipper deny its existance

  7. In ancient India shanka pashana ( sea shell poison) poison from sea animals "sea snail" was used to smear the blades And dried.

  8. As always, another incredible video Praveen!

    Do some research on whether any scientific pre-Islamic structure exists in Delhi, unearthed or still hidden. Because Delhi fell to Turkics around 900-odd years ago, and paved the way and served as the center's of power for Islamic empires in India, it suffered the maximum damage at the hands of those invaders.

    I doubt if anything must have been spared but it would be great to explore it! So far, the only remnants of pre-Islamic Delhi are the pillars used in Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque in Mehrauli, which do point at a rich, glorious pre-Islamic heritage of Delhi.

  9. Thanks for showing us your perspectives of this little discussed mysterious culture , seen some of your other videos and I like your open non biased perspective of possibility

  10. Would seem to me however this weapon would have Been stored on the closed position for efficient deployment and sleek transporting, while in the open position during fighting to control a wide spread of blade surface area not only for defense against other attacking weapons but to increase the odds of striking a target from the increased surface area . Looks like an interesting design . India has so much vast history to delve in

    No sir it is not 100 years old its 450 years old our guru gobind Singh and his army used these in battles against mughals and I think its older than that written prof of that these are 450 years old in a museum of golden temple and actual weapons that guru gobind used are there and in Punjabi we also called it katar.
    Edit:-sir please visit golden temple it is also a archeological site and there is a museum too tons of indian ancient weapons are their.

  12. I think some leather that would rest on top of the users forearm would add a lot of support for the warrior. Leather does not stand the test of time…

  13. Great just One more fouding great evidence ! Hardware or Core weapon the gentlement no fuels ancient thecnology great smarters Aliens gods to show us there in the temple ! Namaskar

  14. Have seen these weapons being carved in temple statues and was always wondering what were these objects were really about. Thanks to this enlightening video that my doubts are cleared.

  15. I mean… Assassin user in ragnarok know this deadly weapon very well, in some weird way, they can input card in it and make it very strong…..

  16. Please do the history of tiger claws (Bagh Nakh or whatever it is)

    Greetings and thank you for an informative video from Thailand. ^_^

  17. more that half info is katar is not tamil origin word..its a word which has roots in rajesthan…sorry to say ,,you are always 30% great and 70% shit

  18. Great vid. Very informative. .

    Now.. it would be nice if someone can show us how to properly excecute the "Sonic Blow" or "Cross Impact". 😈

  19. I was intrigued with the mechanisms of the scissor katar. My thought was immediately that you penetrade normally, then open as you pull out. Hence widening the entry wound even further, and introducing passageway for air as well (which is quite deadly). Either way, it's one hell of an invention. Devastation is sure to occur either way. The poison was a nice touch as well hehe.

  20. Ancient India must've been something to see. Arguably one of the most advanced civilizations of the time. Yet, where I'm from, we never covered it in history class absolutely none of it. I'd like to visit India one of these days and get a little more perspective.

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