Flint blade knife "Lascaux" C1810
"Lascaux" knife with flint blade, boxwood handle and deer tendon ligatures.
Could this Cro-Magnon inspired piece come from the Lascaux clan?
I knapped his blade out of a heated Touraine flint. It is a technique already used by the Solutreans (Cro-Magnon men living 18,000 years ago). It makes the flint more elastic at the waist, gives it a pretty colour and a beautiful oily lustre.
I made the handle in a boxwood branch (it had been waiting for more than fifteen years in my workshop). I attached the blade to its handle using prehistoric resin-based glue. Then the whole thing is tied with deer tendons.
To avoid damaging the engraving, you will notice a very slight patina on this piece.
We are in Lascaux, on the left a representation of the Great Deer, surely a megaceros, a mega deer with its antlers of more than three meters in size. On the right we immediately recognize the Chinese horse, one of the greatest wonders of prehistoric art.
Here we are with a knife that may have belonged to the Lascaux painter, Cro-Magnon, who lived 17,500 years ago on the banks of the Vézère River in the present-day Dordogne.
I made a wooden display box for this knife. This gives us a decorative ensemble, ready to be exhibited, it will transport you with a single glance to Cro-Magnon.
You can of course use it to cut your meat, like our distant ancestors.
The whole Lascaux clan waited until the painter had finished before finally being able to enter the great room of the cave. With each new winter that passes, new paintings, new animals appear on the wall. The impatience is at its height...
- Knife size
- 19.8 cm
- Cutting edge length
- ~8.5 cm
- Blade width
- ~3.7 cm