DesertRose- I collect 19th century sword bayonets and have a particular interest in markings... so dish on the meaning of your blade stamping
If you mean the armourer's mark on the photos I posted....the "K over the Anvil" has been my husband's mark since he began in the 1950s. Then in the late 90's he added a "B" underneath the anvil when our son began helping him the shop forging blades.
To Jim Hauff,
Most of our reference books deal with European weaponry however. I have a few books that show Middle Eastern weaponry. Since going online in the mid 90s, I made a habit of looking around for any references that would help "fill out" any gaps. As my husband makes edged weaponry of different periods and cultures, it is best to be prepared.
At first, it was pretty meager but eventually, museums and even collectors began putting their databases online. Because of what my husband and I do, we knew reenactors who had some exotic/ethnic pieces to show. Eventually I found and have a few arms and armour forums bookmarked which I have found helpful in the past. That may likely have something we don't have in our offline reference library.
So I have come across online references online of Tuaregs using sleeve knives and remember seeing one, recently, with a similar style scabbard. These were worn up on the forearm usually with a short strap like this one
That forum you might find helpful and I know members of the Ethnographic Arms & Armour
forum would be very happy to help you. For example, here is a thread
about Tuareg daggers from there.