I receive this knife yesterday, for Father's Day, and I thought I'd share, because I think the construction is interesting.
(When I say "received it for Father's Day", it's because I saw it in an antique shop the day before and asked my wife to pick it up for me....)
It looks home-made -- which is what appealed to me: note the un-polished wooden grip, for example. But the construction also appealed to me.
There's an extra piece of metal that forms part of the spine of the knife. But it's asymmetrical: in the above photo, you can't see it from the right-hand side; viewing the knife from above, you can see that the extra bulk is all on the left-hand side.
And, here's the other side: it looks a little primitive or un-refined -- which again, I'm fine with.
Anyone know if the extra piece of metal has a purpose or function, beyond simply stiffening the blade? Is is there a purpose or advantage to having it asymmetrical?
I like the knife, by the way -- but it won't see much use. I'll probably end up using it in my workshop as a utility knife, such as bevelling the ends of dowels.
UPDATE: My brother suggests: looks like it was made out of an existing blade that had a flange on
it. for example, my scythe blade. or a lawnmower blade. grandpa t
made a machete pout of a lawnmower blade
Yep; makes sense. Funny, though, how they couldn't be bothered to grind it off -- or at least blend it in a little.
It's still a charming, quirky knife, though. :)
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