Originally Posted by RAMBA
So as a general rule the Indian made blades had a ricasso?
Yes, as a rule many Indian blades used European style blades as prototypes but in India, they preferred having a ricasso (that is a blunt segment of the edge nearest the hilt). This is typically for sabre blades on tulwars. As Jens has noted, it is hard to say if Indian copy from photos as the weight, fuller character, etc. are all factors in assessing if a blade is European trade or Indian made. Indian makers were often underestimated in their skills.