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The rampuri is an Indian gravity knife of formidable reputation having a single edged blade roughly 9 to 12 inches long. Usually it is the switchblade type but there are step-lock types available as well. It formed the basic weapon for Indian thugs or "goondas" during the beginning of the 19th century. The name Rampuri comes from a town called Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, India. The royal Bladesmiths of local Nawabs started making knives after the popularization of firearms after the 18th century.

The Rampuri is used even to this day by the local Indian mafia although local made guns and sophisticated automatic pistols have largely taken their place. However, Indian law prohibits making such knives longer than 6 inches of blade length.



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