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Where to find good knives in kolkata?

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:52 pm
by jayanta mukherjee
Hello friends!
I find it very strange that when some of our members talk about Gerber and stuff we do not have the places of procuring them here in Kolkata, except for some stray shops selling them in Fancy Market/ Five Star Market. So friends let us all build a directory of places where we can find good knives in and around Kolkata.
I also further take this opportunity of asking all the members to kindly enligten us whether there are any shops who can courier the stuff alongwith their contact numbers if possible.
And what is your experiece of getting them from sites?

Re: Where to find good knives in kolkata?

Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:05 pm
by firetrail
I didn't want to increase clutter by posting a new topic, so apologies for posting my query here: -

I am looking forward to buying a Katana. Not a display-only sword, a functional one. While I would be ready to go to any place within the country to procure one (if possible), it WOULD be convenient for me if stores selling such are available in or around Calcutta.

So, erm...folks, know any place?

P.S. In case 'battle-ready' swords o other kinds are available in India, I would also like to know where :)

Re: Where to find good knives in kolkata?

Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:16 pm
by penpusher
In case 'battle-ready' swords of other kinds are available in India, I would also like to know where
You can get them in Patiala.The Buddha Dal of the Nihangs have their headquarters here and have a shop from where they sell the swords that are made at their workshop.Come down to Patiala and we can buy you a nice 'battle ready' sword.I am sure they don't take kindly to window shoppers, so don't ask me to go down and check out the quality and workmanship or the price.Also,they seem to be partial to turbaned and bearded men in their dealings.In other words,if you don't meet this criteria,they will not sell one to you.Good luck to you if you decide to argue with a Nihang high on Sukha :wink: :lol:

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:30 pm
by snIPer
I dontk now about Kolkata - But in Bangalore you can come across some good swords and i'm not talking about the display ones - these are war proven - in Antique stores - seen a few in Comm st. and also there are some in a shop that has opened recently on Nandidurg road near Airtel office. The condition seems pretty good and prices arent too steep either.

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:01 pm
by Olly
If one is from Hoshiarpur with fairly good Punjabi speaking ability, BUT without a turban, would the Nihangs still entertain ?

I'd be a mile away if they don't... most dangerous men on earth...

Re: Where to find good knives in kolkata?

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:25 pm
by penpusher

Come over and find out yourself :wink:

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:51 pm
by jayanta mukherjee
Dear Firetrail,
Well I would suggest that you try the annual pous mela in Shantineketan for procuring your swords. Though you are not likely to find a katana but the swords you get are pretty good. The same annual mela shifts to Durgapur in the first week of January and you will find the same shop. So better luck with your hunting for a dream sword.

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:21 pm
by mundaire
I picked up a couple of nice antique (genuine not the fake antiques retailed at touristy places - trust me I know the difference) swords in District Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. The prices ranged between INR 800 - 2,500 depending on condition and quality of the blade. The blades were proper "faulad" (carbon steel) but the hilts were ordinary steel ones and not the highly decorated types (exclusive to nobility) plus they had no scabbards. Still, I thought it was quite a bargain really... bought a couple as gifts as I'm not into blades myself. Just FYI for those who are into this sort of thing...


Re: Where to find good knives in kolkata?

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:51 pm
by firetrail
Thanks for the answers, guys, especially Jayanta. Yes, I am based precisely in Durgapur, and it would be nice to check out what I can get here itself :D

What I meant by 'battle-ready' (that is a recognised term, by the way) is that the sword: -

1>Is forged/folded (not cast) out of carbon steel,
2>Has a full-length tang (not necessarily a full-tang) which is well secured, and
3>Can withstand good solid whacks on bottles, thin wood planks, etc.

Mundaire your answer almost EXACTLY picked up the points I wanted, right from the steel.

Thanks a lot, guys. Here I go swashbuckling.

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:24 pm
by jayanta mukherjee
Dear Firetrail,
It is nice to know that you belong to Durgapur because that happens to be my hometown. pm me your number so that i can get in touch with you. And i have an intersting proposal for you the next weekend. Do keep in touch and positively then do not worry about your sword. Will be able to hunt down your katana together.

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:02 pm
by phantom
hey jayanta you dont have to search much go to new market to any of the kashmiri retailer their you can fine some very good knives especially called (vojhalis)in bengali pardon my language i dnt know the english term of this thing bt i can assure you jayanta the best one you can get at 1380/-with nice cover and heavy & sharp very deadly wid awesome grip to hold it firmly and well covered easy to conceal if you r really interested you can have a look out their!!!!!this is totally my personal opinion........

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:07 pm
by jayanta mukherjee
Hey Phantom
Well trust me the shops selling your " bhojalis" or else called the kukris in English or Nepali is basically trash which you get in the Kasmiri Emporium, maybe in the New Market, Calcutta or for that matter any where, while some serious kukris can be found elsewhere. My personal opinion is, without any malice meant is that the Kasmiri emporium stuff is rather ornamental than function and better kept left in the mattle than your regular use item. Buddy trust me have been using a knife since childhood and know the difference. All I can say that right now the best option is to hit the pages of Aimco and buy some real stuff if not getting ourselves fooled. And ocassionally try the dock are of Kidderpore or even a trip to either Fancy Market/ Five Star market would do you no harm.

Re: Where to find good knives in kolkata?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:29 pm
by Zake
My apologies to everyone for bringing this topic up after such a long time. But the thing is I am a resident of Kolkata with a facination of Knives. Allways wanted to collect them (legally of course) But never knew how to. As it happens I ended up on this website just today. Fortune prevailing, I also found my topic of interest immediately. From there onwards it was very hard for me to resist.
Can any one help me out. You guys can always get in touch with me through email. For now.

P.S. Yes Zake is my real name. Might sound weird but I didn't name myself.

Re: Where to find good knives in kolkata?

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:34 pm
by lets_not_debate
this thread died? if not could anyone enlighten us on how to procure quality knives from khiidderpore. ? I am interested in buying an army issue bayonet or a khukri. bayonet is more preferable.

Re: Where to find good knives in kolkata?

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:56 pm
by priyamtheone
In 2018, this thread is still very relevant. Even now, I can't find a proper source from where all info regarding getting knives around Calcutta can be obtained properly. I'm currently looking for a small but sturdy fixed blade pocket knife with safety pouch that I can use primarily for self defence as well as basic chores during camping or trekking. I'm also looking for a sharpener for the knife. Yet, I can't get any info on any shop around Calcutta that can provide me with these items. Any idea on this will be of much help.

Besides, as I can see here, no directory on knives has been built yet as proposed by jayanta mukherjee. I think people around Calcutta need to group together and make a few outings around the city on the weekends for a month. That's the only way to collect genuine info on the availability of knives and other items as such. I'll ask peers to drop their views regarding this and let's see what we can come up with.