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Title Khyber knife
Nationality Afghan
Period c 1900

This is the classic Afghan knife, used in the many 19th and 20th century Frontier wars against the British by these delightful, if somewhat mercurial, people. Emblematic of the Kipling era and Tommy Atkins's many trials and tribulations on the Frontier.

The hilt is cow horn with iron mounts and the blade possesses a ferocious edge. The scabbard is red calf leather on a wood base. There has been some substantial worming of the scabbard which has now been carefully cured and all the worm holes sealed. Typically, there is some damage to the horn scales at the top of the pommel.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Afghan : 20th Century]


Cutlass received today all in good order.

It is a fine addition to my collection.

Thank you for the fast and friendly service.

D L, UK, 17.03.2012

I have received the belt clasp today. It is in better quality than I expected...

C M, UK, 16.10.2009