A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.
Iron, brass, wood
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An Afghan sickle, forged from one piece of iron. The blade has a thickening at the back for added strength.
Overlaid with brass on one side, done over bold two-directional crosshatching. The reverse is plain.
It sits in a simple wooden hilt with an iron ferrule, through which a nail holds both ferrule and blade in place.
Good, honest, original condition throughout.
For more information on the type, see my glossary article: Lohar, Lor (لور), lawa-āor (لواور )
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Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
A set for the beginning collector.
A late 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.