The Khanda is a straight-bladed sword unique to India and a traditional Sikh and Rajput sword. It was the Close-Range weapon of the Sikh Warriors. Unlike other straight-bladed swords, the Khanda is poorly designed for thrusting, instead being used for hacking and slicing. Combined with the Indian martial art style known as Gatka, the Sikhs managed to achieve tremendous cutting power with this weapon. The Sikhs venerated the Khanda as a weapon of great prestige and honor,  It had roughly the same place in Sikh's warrior classes as the Katana did to the Samurai. Sikh warriors in battle wielded the khanda with both hands and swung it over their head when surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy. It was in this manner that they traditionally committed an honorable last stand rather than be captured.