Crooked knife, ca. 1900

Contributed by Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine


The ability to make a crooked knife, a one-handed draw knife, was a necessary life skill for Native People of this region.

After contact with the Europeans, Native Peoples began attaching metal blades to wooden handles.

Crooked knife handles were made from a variety of hardwoods and antlers and were carved to fit the hand of the user.

They often were decorated with chip carving and relief-carved designs.

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  • Title: Crooked knife, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • State: ME
  • Media: Antler, metal
  • Local Code: HM 6301
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine
5746 Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1902

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