Lohar, Fighting Axe from Afghanistan - 13087

A “LOHAR”, the traditional pick/ axe / dagger of the Banochie tribe from the Khayber pass area in Afghanistan. A short and light axe/pick blade mounted on a short handle. It is a very efficient weapon in the experience hand. This specific example is a folding LOHAR. The 7 inches blade with decorative copper inserts and dots decoration folds into the brass handle. It locks in the "open” position by a catch at the rear side of the handle. The brass handle is also folding into the bone grip, with a locking catch at the pommel. The total length when fully open is 14 inches. The hilt is fitted with brass bolster and bone pommel, engraved with geometric design and painted red. All in very good solid condition. This item is from the late 19 C or early 20 C.