A very precious hand crafted meteorite Kartika or curved flaying knife. Guaranteed to be crafted from authentic Seymchan iron meteorite, which was first discovered in Siberia in 1967. Each piece is hand crafted by a master artisan who is unsurpassed in the making of ritual supports in modern times.
The flaying knife (kartika) is one of the most prominent weapons used by wrathful deities, both male and female, especially Mahakala and Vajrayogini. They typically brandish a flaying knife in one hand and a skullcup (kapala) in the other. The blade, which is surmounted by the sea creature known as the Makara, terminates in a sharp point or curved hook, and combines the flaying implements of a cutting-knife and scraping blade with the piercing activity of a dagger or pulling-hook. The handle consists of a five prong vajra, or thunderbolt and is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Tibetans have an ancient tradition of using meteoric iron for ritual implements, however, very few genuine pieces have survived or are known to exist. There is also mention of Guru Rinpoche or Yeshe Tsogyal concealing meteoric ritual supports as terma and a number have been re-discovered over the centuries. The immense power of a meteorite when it falls to earth is so destructive and awesome in nature, that it is easy to see why 'sky metal' is such a sought after material for ritual weapons.
Finding meteorite in the Himalayas would have been exceptionally difficult in ancient times and it also requires great skill to work with this material. It is likely that the majority of meteoric practice supports that are claimed to be made from 'meteoric' iron (Tibetan: Namchak) are in fact only made from iron of this earth, or are mixed with a very small amount of meteoric iron. Without accurate metallurgical tests it would be difficult to prove otherwise. It is for this reason that genuine meteoric supports with proven provenance are so rare.
Our blades are crafted from 100% iron meteorite and they are cut and polished smooth to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern that is inherent in the meteorite. This pattern is found in octahedrite iron meteorites and some pallasites, a class of stony-iron meteorite. This meteorite class was first recorded in 1772 and was discovered in the mountains of Siberia.
Material: Meteorite blade with intricate brass Vajra handle.
Height approx 15 cms (6 inches)
width approx 10 cms (4.1 inches)
Please note that these pieces are individually crafted. This means each Trigu will have its own unique Widmanstätten pattern on the blade. All are crafted to the same high standard.