I have a Taksali kirpan that is sarbloh... (the case is not but the blade is) and was wondering, there are many kirpans available I saw in Amritsar near Darbar Sahib that were totally steel. Now my question is, I have a few friends who play the whole guilt trip on people who have karas and even kirpans that are not sarbloh... to them everything must be sarbloh. What is your take on this? I realize that sarbloh at the time of Guru Gobind Singh Ji was the best metal available for blades... As Sikhs we are not supposed to do things as blind ritual, so to copy the original and only accept sarbloh now, would that be considered a blind ritual when there are better options (ie damascus) that can be used as blade material? The sarbloh kirpans I have seen are always dull, and therefore the kirpan becomes completely only a symbolic thing. Whereas is it not supposed to also be functional as well? They have successfully guilted me into only wearing a sarbloh kara (even rust resistant 'white iron' was not acceptable, though I also own one that is white iron... so I have a 100% sarbloh kara now, however I notice the smell all the time, anytime it's near my face... and the iron smell kind of makes me feel queezy, and I am not sure why - maybe because its very similar to blood smell.) Now they are guilting me that only sarbloh kirpan is acceptable... and soon I think they will guilt me into eating out of only sarloh... etc. So long story short, is sarbloh the only acceptable metal for kirpans, and karas too while we are on the subject... Steel is actually an alloy of iron, and I thought the reasoning for sarbloh was more simple... that its not a statement of wealth like gold / silver and anyone could afford sarbloh. But is there more to it? I also have a beautiful kirpan given to me that is more contemporary design, artisan handmade, however it has a steel blade not sarbloh, and I don't know if it would be looked down upon to carry it once I do amrit (the date of which is soon arriving!) FYI its one of the khalsa kirpans... it has inlaid khanda in the sheath, and has a custom gatra with it. Its the smaller 3" blade one overall length is 6"