Indian (Indore) katar, 18th century, by gripping the pair of crossbars this uniquely Indian form of dagger becomes an extension of the user's arm - and ideal for thrusting attacks. The blade is decorated with Hindu religious scenes on one side the god Krishna playing a flute and on the other the god Vishnu. Presented by the East India Company, 1851. Royal Armories, Tower of London.
Japanese Naginata: Basically, it's a massive Knife of a Stick! This style was originally designed to disembowel horses in cases of mounted calvary assault. Longer versions were the primary weapon of female samurai!