Indian khanda, ca 1800. The khanda (from Sanskrit खड्ग khaḍga) is a South Asian double-edge straight sword. The blade is usually broad and quite heavy & broadens from the hilt to the tip. The blade transforms into tip rather abruptly. The hilt has a small metal spike. The khanda & related straight swords are generally used in Indian theater & art to represent the weapons of the ancient period of Indian history.