Crooked knife, Penobscot, ca. 1850

Contributed by Abbe Museum

Crooked knife, Penobscot, ca. 1850

This record was added to Maine Memory Network through the efforts of a student at George Stevens Academy.


The crooked knife was, and for many still is, an essential basket making, canoe making, and carving tool. It functions like a single-handed draw knife, fitting ergonomically into the hand and is pulled toward the user. The handles of crooked knives are frequently beautifully carved, while the blades are usually re-worked files.

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About This Item

  • Title: Crooked knife, Penobscot, ca. 1850
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • State: ME
  • Media: Hardwood, leather, metal
  • Dimensions: 17 cm x 11 cm x 4.5 cm
  • Local Code: 5041
  • Collection: Penobscot
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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