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The Talwar is a type of curved sword or sabre from the Indian subcontinent, and is found in the modern countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan. The Talwar was produced in many varieties, with different types of blades. The blade profile of the British Pattern 1796 light cavalry sabre is similar to some examples of the Talwar, and expert opinion has suggested that the Talwar may have contributed to the design of the British sabre. The hilt is usually entirely of iron, although brass and silver are sometimes used, and is connected to the tang of the blade by a very powerful adhesive resin. More ornate examples of the Talwar often show silver or gilt decoration in a form called koftgari.