Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
The contour of the blade and the absence of blunt ricasso seem to point to its Persian origin. The hole in the handle was designed for a rivet, suggesting NE India/ Afghanistan, and yet another hole likely suggests that the handle is not the original one. New handles were married to old blades and vice versa all the time.
The blade absolutely needs cleaning, polishing and etching. Might be an excellent one. I keep my fingers crossed.