Tribal Knives

Afghan frontier tribal knives

Code: CA5

A set of tribal afghan knives. The decorative knife case has sequins and covered in black and blue satin cloth,23cm in length. The unsharpened hooked blades are 15cm with a grip of 8cm. The former owner bought these from a friend somewhere in Afghanistan during his travels near the Northern Frontier Provinces, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan in the late 1960's. 

The knives are symbolic and ornamental, not intended for work or fighting. This much is obvious from their appearance. The former owner claimed the knives were handed down from father to son as sign of adulthood.  These knives were sold to the former owner’s friend by an Afghan desperate for money. A more likely story is that these are made to catch the eye of visitors to the bazaar.