Basketmaker style obsidian blade knife C1704
Basketmaker style knife C1704 with obsidian blade, juniper handle, deer tendon ligatures, case sewn made of rawhide covered with tanned deer hide.
This Basketmaker style shaped knife (southern US culture) is of Native American inspiration.
I knapped a blade out of an opaque black obsidian from America, called Mahogany. My choice is made on obsidian, because it is a rock that was very much used by Native American.
I engraved and painted the handle with red and black ochre, it is in juniper and a deerskin strap is attached. I use this wood because I appreciate it for its smell and its fine grain. Moreover it is a wood present in America which was surely used by the Basketmakers.
The obsidian blade is attached to its handle with a prehistoric glue, essentially made of resin and a deer tendon ligature coated with tendon glue.
The case, fringed, is made with rawhide covered with deerskin.
Anita chose to decorate it with some bone and jasper beads.
I wanted to create an already lived aspect to this piece by applying the usual patina, while making sure that it remains light.
Light, because I wanted to give the appearance of a piece that would have lived only a few years with its owner.
- Knife size
- 19 cm
- Cutting edge length
- 7,5 cm