People of the Waters - Fur Trade
OPM #:
773-T4
Object Name:
Knife
Description:
Traditional crook knife used by Great Lakes tribes. A crook knife is just a knife with the blade bent up at the end along the flat surface. This lets the user whittle concave surfaces into wood. The handle is made from hard maple.
Comments:
No other tool could do as much as the crook knife and was a common item during the Fur Trade. Because it has a curved blade, it could carve bowls and spoons, as well as make bows and shave canoe paddles and do a host of other tasks. It is pulled toward the user and the thumb rests on the short arm of the L handle. Crook knives are still used in Alaska and Canada because they are so practical. This was collected on the Menominee Reservation.
Found:
Menominee Indian Reservation
Material:
Steel/Wood
Culture/Period:
Menominee
Dimensions:
W-2.4 L-26.8 cm
Year Range from:
1880
Year Range to:
1930
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