Crooked knife, ca. 1750

Contributed by Davistown Museum


Crooked knives were especially common in northern New England where they were used by Native Americans and European settlers for many purposes including basket making and working birchbark.

This knife has been reforged from an old file or rasp, one of early American artisans' most important source of recycled forged steel. The crosshatched carving on the nicely fashioned applewood (?) handle suggests a Native American user.
Size: 8 1/2" long, 3" blade.

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About This Item

  • Title: Crooked knife, ca. 1750
  • Creation Date: circa 1750
  • Subject Date: circa 1750
  • Media: Wood, forged steel, twine(?)
  • Local Code: 81101T14
  • Collection: Historic Maritime II (1720-1800): The Second Colonial Dominion & the Early Republic
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Davistown Museum
PO Box 346, 58 Main Street #4, Liberty, ME 04949
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