Definition of haft in English:



  • The handle of a knife, ax, or spear.

    • ‘His spear standing proud as it bit its head deep into the dirt, the haft glowing ominously in a color not usually associated with wood.’
    • ‘Well worn leather was braided around the haft to make a comfortable grip.’
    • ‘Its length is approximately 35 mm and the haft width is about 15 mm.’
    • ‘Slowly, Joshua placed both his hands on the haft of the spear, just above the point, and pushed upward.’
    • ‘She made a pillow of her cloak and laid her own knife under it with the haft sticking out below her chin.’
    • ‘Tips remained in their natural form and were made into handles or hafts.’
    • ‘Sprinting up the slope, Amy whirled the spear above her head, and just when she reached the pair, got a hold of the haft with both hands, and delivered a blow directed right at the back of Ashley's head.’
    • ‘Before the scythe could get halfway through its arc, the void-sword was flashing through the air, severing the long haft of the farm tool.’
    • ‘Caidryn stares at the broken haft in her hand and cries even harder.’
    • ‘His hands were steady upon the haft of his lance.’
    • ‘The ant lunged at him, its mandibles clamping down on the haft of the ax.’
    • ‘The multiple notches may also represent hafting adjustments, for example, as the result of tool breakage or attempts to balance hafts.’
    • ‘The hafts of the smaller axes were between 60-90 cm long with a blade about 7.5-150 cm wide.’
    • ‘She ducked its lethal blade, then latched a grip on the weapon's long haft.’
    • ‘Cutouts in the central blade and the flats of the axe blades gave the weapon a lethal, even vicious look while reducing the mass of the larger blade to match its smaller twin on the opposite end of the haft.’
    • ‘Just as he lifted the heavy haft of the axe-handle above his head, two women entered the clearing he was working in.’
    • ‘As long as the pressure is applied in a forward direction, the tip is secure in the haft.’
    • ‘The knife second from the right, with its elaborate carved ivory haft, exemplifies a small but distinguished group of carved handles found on cutlery from several European countries.’
    • ‘The knife sported an obsidian blade mounted to a bone haft, the edge still viciously sharp even after years of storage.’
    • ‘It seems that the head of my axe has loosened from its haft.’
    handle, shaft, shank, hilt, butt, stock, grip, handgrip, helve
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  • Provide (a blade, ax head, or spearhead) with a haft.

    • ‘The war axe is obviously derived from the earliest unhafted hand axes but, once hafted, the axe became as effective a weapon of war as it had been a domestic tool.’
    • ‘Archaeologists discovered a number of perishable items from this period-basketry, a hafted knife, roasted turnips in hearths, and beds of woven twigs and leaves-that would have been lost in an exposed site.’
    • ‘The traditional value of the blades was clearly recognized by their Aboriginal ‘collectors’, who sought to exploit it by hafting a resin handle in the traditional way.’
    • ‘Experiments found that contracting-stemmed bifaces can function as hafted knives but are effective only if the haft is set with an adhesive such as pine pitch.’
    • ‘Indeed, when hafted lithic tools were broken or became worn out, trips to flint or chert sources would have been necessary.’
    • ‘Consideration of how straight- and contracting-stemmed points might have been hafted is initially confounding.’
    • ‘The first set of modifications include a series of regular, uniform notches on the ventral side of the distal end of the scapula, suggesting it had been hafted or mounted for use as a digging tool or hoe.’
    • ‘The Eagles Reach rock art includes stencils of hands, arms, ancient boomerangs and hafted axes, which were probably created by spraying ochre with the mouth over and around the objects.’
    • ‘It parallels a formal bifacial tool tradition that includes such artifacts as hafted bifaces, ovate scrapers, large leaf-shaped and triangular knives, gouges and wedges, chert disks, and hoes/adzes.’
    • ‘For instance, when hafted, much of the morphological variation of projectile points is obscured, while the lithic raw material remains visible.’
    • ‘The Mund assemblage, on the other hand, contained no blades, and tools generally were sparse, consisting mostly of manuported hafted bifaces and bifacial scraper fragments.’
    • ‘Notching flakes are produced when putting hafting notches in stone tools.’
    • ‘The boys have found some information on the internet that has led them to believe it is a hafted core axe, between 5,000 and 6,000 years old, but they would like it confirmed by an expert.’
    • ‘Thus, in this small set, notched points and those hafted onto foreshafts are substantially smaller than contracting-stemmed points.’
    • ‘He hafted a series of replicated contracting-stemmed bifaces to notched wooden handles using adhesives of varying tensile strength; one was lashed only with deer sinew.’
    • ‘Among the debris in the buried concentration was a small, shallow side notched biface which has been identified as a hafted biface.’
    • ‘Clark attributes this change to the development of hafting, attaching stone cutting edges to wood.’
    • ‘The multiple notches may also represent hafting adjustments, for example, as the result of tool breakage or attempts to balance hafts.’
    • ‘And lastly, the invention of stereotyped ‘assembly line’ tools (sophisticated symmetrical bifacial tools) that were hafted to a handle, took place only 200,000 years ago.’
    • ‘Excluded from the small tool category are hafted bifaces, hoes/adzes, large, ovate disk scrapers, chert hammerstones, larger chisels, wedges, and large bifacial knives/scrapers.’


Old English hæft, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch heft, hecht and German Heft, also to heave.