Crooked Knife

Click for a Closer LookDate 1897. With pewter inlay. A very fine example of a craftsman made tool that was extensively and lovingly carved with the date and the initials of the maker.

These knives were used mostly in the northeastern parts of the United States and Canada. They have been attributed to the Native Americans of that area, although many were carved by maritime carvers. They were used to make handles and other long rounded objects. The blade is tilted in the handle so that the knife fits perfectly level in the workers hand. Contrary to what we may have learned relative to not carving towards one's self, this knife is always used pulling toward the carver. Get a closer view of the object (52KB)



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