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German to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Archaeology / military implements of the Roman Empire
German term or phrase:Schaftlappen
This is a description of machetes (Haumesser) in a Roman military camp. It is presented here as an example of a fascine knife, others having been previously discussed:
Daß aber auch andere Formen besonders in frühem militärischem Kontext vorkommen, zeigen Haumesser mit mittig an der Klinge ansetzender Tülle, mit **Schaftlappen** oder mit geknicktem Rücken aus Militärlagern der Okkupationszeit in Germanien.
The fact that other forms also exist, especially in an early military context, is shown by machetes from military camps of the occupation period in Germania, which have a shaft socket centered on the blade, with shaft flanges [??] or folding backs.[??-next query is on this one!]
Many thanks, if there's an archeologist out there!
Either side of the head is called the cheek, which is sometimes supplemented by lugs where the head meets the haft, and the hole where the haft is mounted is called the eye. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe