Rampuri

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, which became synonymous to the town of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh.[1][2] It formed the basic weapon for Indian thugs or "goondas" during the beginning of the 19th century.[citation needed] The name Rampuri comes from a town called Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, India. The royal bladesmiths of local Nawabs of Rampur started making knives after the popularization of firearms after the 18th century. The Rampuri is still in use today as a crime weapon,[3] by the local Indian Mafia although locally made guns and sophisticated automatic pistols have largely taken their place. However, in mid 1990s, the Government of Uttar Pradesh banned making such knives longer than 4.5 inches of blade length, which led to the drop in popularity of the knife, which even made its way to crime thrillers of Bollywood in the 1960s and 1970s. Rampur/?rmpr/ pronunciation (help·info)(Hindi: ; Urdu: ? ?) is a city and a municipality in and headquarters of Rampur District in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.It is known for its various industries, including sugar refining and cotton milling. Its library has more than 12,000 rare manuscripts and a fine collection of Mughal miniature paintings. It is the administrative headquarters of Rampur District. According to the government of India, the Rampur District is one of several Muslim majority districts on the basis of the 2001 census data on population, socio-economic indicators and basic amenities indicators.[3] The city came at 410th position in terms of hygiene and sanitation in a Government ranking list of 423 towns and cities in India. Bladesmithing is the art of making knives, swords, daggers and other blades using a forge, hammer, anvil, and other smithing tools.[1][2][3] Bladesmiths employ a variety of metalworking techniques similar to those used by blacksmiths, as well as woodworking for knife and sword handles, and often leatherworking for sheaths.[4] Bladesmithing is an art that is thousands of years old and found in cultures as diverse as China, Japan, India, Germany, Korea, the Middle East, and the British Isles. As with any art shrouded in history, there are myths and misconceptions about the process. While traditionally, bladesmithing referred to the manufacture of any blade by any means, the majority of contemporary craftsmen referred to as bladesmiths are those who primarily manufacture blades by means of using a forge to shape the blade as opposed to knifemakers who form blades by use of the stock removal method, although there is some overlap between both crafts. Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; however, it is only a part of the total Indian film industry, which includes other production centres producing films in multiple languages.[1] Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centres of film production in the world.[2][3][4] Bollywood is formally referred to as Hindi cinema.[5] There has been a growing presence of Indian English in dialogue and songs as well. It is common to see films that feature dialogue with English words (also known as Hinglish), phrases, or even whole sentences.