...the other day and somehow ended up buying a sword. It was an absolute steel, so much so that I thought it was a replica of some description. However, closer inspection has revealed that it appears to be a real sword. It has an edge, a full tang and a fuller, which are usually absent from wall hangers. There are no makers marks that I can see. It appears to be a tulwar of some description. My money's on an Indian manufacturer, but I'm no expert.
It needs quite a bit of attention, but I shall look into seeing what can be done to clean it up a bit and perhaps restoring the edge to something like its full sharpness.
I also met this fine fellow while out and about. This picture simply does not do justice to how large this chap is. He was huge, his head was well over my hip. Very friendly though and with a pleasantly wet nose.