The Antiquity of Certain Curved Knives

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IN the United States National Museum are a number of knives which go by the general name of “curved knives.” The figure here shown is from Anderson River, Mackenzie River district, and is an exaggerated form of the implement mentioned. The essential features are a blade curving upward, so that in cutting it is moved towards the body, and not away from it as in ordinary whittling; this blade is fastened to a handle which is grasped by the four fingers, the thumb resting in a bevel at the butt end. The Canadian voyager uses this knife in making snow-shoes, canoes, and in wood-working generally.

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