An Afghan tribal dagger Jamdhar Katari from the Hindu Kush
An Afghan tribal dagger Jamdhar Katari from the Hindu Kush, 18th or 19th century. The slightly curved double edged blade has a thickened armour piercing tip. The "H" shaped steel hilt has a baluster shaped grip with facetted central section, the pommel is deeply incised with stylised birds. Contained in its wooden lined brass sheath, open at the back, bound with copper tape at the shaped finial, and fitted with 2 steel suspension brackets.
Blade length 7¼" (18.5cms) overall length 11¾" 29.5cms)
for further details see G.C. Stone "A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armour" New York 1961 fig 398