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Sikhism Weapon Masters - The Chakram

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    YouTube - Weapon Masters - The Chakram

    The chakram (Devanāgarī: चक्रं), sometimes called a war quoit, is a flat metal disc with a sharp outer edge from 5–12 inches (130–300 mm) in diameter used as a weapon by the Sikh people. Unlike wind and fire wheels, which are larger and used as melee weapons only, the chakram was designed to be thrown.

    Because of its aerodynamic shape (similar to an aeroplane wing, flying disc, or aerobie), it is not easily deflected by wind.

    The chakkar, as it is called in Punjabi, was used extensively by the Sikhs as recently as the days of Ranjit Singh's Sikh Empire. The chakkar was not a "frisbee-like disc" as the chakram was, but was rather a hoop-like blade, also meant for throwing. It is quintessentially a Sikh historical weapon.
     
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