Knife

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.

Object Summary

Museum Number E1234
Simple Name knife
Full Name knife
Common Name knife
Production country Canada
Material wood; iron; sinew
Collection class Tools for farm and craft
Collection continent America
Collection area/region N
Production county Western Arctic
Production continent North America
Production year high 1778
Cultural group possibly Inuit
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.