What does the word haft mean?

Usage examples for haft

  1. He wiped it away, swung his axe, drove the blade deep into the bumper and left it there with the haft quivering; turning, he climbed swiftly up the narrow iron ladder beside the brake- rod until he reached the roof; then, still standing on the ladder, he reached the brake- wheel and drew it promptly but gradually around until the wheel- blocks began to bite, when he exerted his tremendous strength to the utmost and with his knees braced doggedly against the front of the caboose, held the wheel. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  2. The idea of setting the blade in the haft again was out of the question. – The Boy Tar by Mayne Reid
  3. He handed over a short ax, heavy- headed and small of haft. – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand