Basketmaker style obsidian blade knife C1701
Basketmaker style knife C1701 with obsidian blade, juniper handle, deer tendon ligatures, case sewn made of rawhide covered with tanned deer hide.
This Basketmaker style shaped knife (culture from the south of the USA) is of Native American inspiration.
I knapped a blade out of an opaque black obsidian from America. My choice is made on obsidian, because it is a rock that was very much used by Native American. I chose it black because it is the color that will go best with the handle I was going to decorate.
I engraved and painted handle with red ochre, it is made of juniper and a deerskin strap is attached to it. I use this wood because I like it for its smell and fine grain. Moreover it is a wood present in America which was probably used by the Basketmakers.
The obsidian blade is attached to the handle with a prehistoric glue, essentially resin and a deer tendon ligature coated with tendon glue.
The case, fringed, is made of rawhide covered with tanned deer hide.
Anita has chosen to decorate it with a few bone and basalt beads (volcanic rock as well as obsidian).
As usual I gave the appearance of a set worn and used by its owner by applying a light patina on this piece.
Light, because I wanted to give the look of a room that would have lived only a few years with its owner.
If you were going back 4500 years, you could come across a group of hunter-gatherers going up the dry stream of a river in southern America.
He follows this passage that cuts the road of a herd of buffalo seen a few days before.
One of the hunters carries a knife with a blade cut in the black obsidian of the southern mountains.
- Knife size
- 19 cm
- Cutting edge length
- ~7,5 cm