Built under contract at the Mazar-i-Sharif arsenal during the Second Anglo-Afghan War between 1878 and 1880.
These swords have a massive bi-fullered blade 26 inches long with a 10 inche sharpened back edge.
It is a very distinctive form, and was produced in limited numbers in Kabul, and is struck with the Mazar-i-Sharif mark at the forte. Original wooden grips are long lost, replaced with poorly mounted pierced and inlayed bone that fell apart in use and is currently sporting a mocked up wooden grip. The knucklebow is pierced and recurved, and the langet carries an Afghan alphanumeric designation.