Knife

Description
Despite its crude appearance, this tool would have been used for cutting and cleaning seal and whale meat. This has an iron cutting blade set into a wooden handle bound in animal sinew. Iron wasn’t known until the arrival of Europeans who traded it.
Accession Loan No.
E1234
Collection Class
Tools for farm and craft
Common Name
knife
Simple Name
knife
Full Name
knife
Dimensions
whole length 145 mm; whole diameter 47 mm
Cultural Group
possibly Inuit
Production Year High
1778
Production County
Western Arctic
Production Country
Canada
Production Area Region
North America
Production Continent
North America
Family Group

Material
wood; iron; sinew
Function Name
tool
Function Detail
Captain Cook headed north in 1778 after leaving Hawaii and came to the American Northwest and the Arctic. Iron wasn’t known until the arrival of Europeans who traded it. It is difficult to know the exact origin or function of this tool.
Collection Area Region
N
Collection Continent
America

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