Dagger of Mes-Kalam-dug (c. 2500 b.c.) with hilt of lapis lazuli and sheath of gold filigree, 14 1/2 inches long. BMHAFT. The handle of a knife or dagger, occurring only in Jdg 3:22, in the account of Ehud’s stabbing of Eglon, king of Moab. Translated “hilt” in RSV.
HILT — the handle of a weapon, especially a sword or dagger (Judg. 3:22; handle, NIV, NASB; haft, KJV). When Ehud assassinated Eglon, the king of Moab, he thrust a dagger into Eglon’s stomach. Even the hilt of the dagger went in after the blade (Judg. 3:12–30).