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31 July 2010

My new crooked knife

Crooked knives can be used to make many practical and necessary every day objects: birch bark canoes, paddles, bows and arrows, snow shoes, axe handles...the list was endless for the native people of the Woodlands. I think it's a shame that modern buscrafters don't use the Mocautogan (it's Native name) vey much at all. It is such a practical tool. Holding it with the palm of the hand up, and pulling towards you, takes some getting use to, but once mastered it is a very versatile tool.

I have made various models of crooked knives, or Mocautogan, over the past few years and this is my latest variation on the theme.

This one is a left handed tool, it has a very hard and dense Walnut handle, shaped to my hand. The blade is 4" long, with a slight curve for most of the length, with the curve increasing towards the tip. The blade is fixed to the handle with a couple of small screws, but that was more for convenience than necessity. I have cast the pewter ferrule directly onto the handle and this holds the blade very securely.

This is only the second time I have cast a pewter ferrule on a knife, and it was a little more complicated and tricky than the first one, but I think it was well worth it and that it looks very nice.

It needs some more sanding with fine wet & dry paper, but I have run out at the moment!


  1. What a piece of art! I am so impressed - wonderful work.



  2. Brother... I am speechless.. you took it to a whole new level!!!!

  3. Thanks gentlemen. Much appreciated. Hopefully more people will get to use and enjoy this traditional type of green woodwork tool.

  4. Very nice work Bro.

    Looks like it will be very useful.

  5. That is lovely. It's awesome that you pewter cast the blade and handle together. You should do a how to on that. Brilliant!

  6. That is one of the most beautiful knives (of any style) I've ever seen! Thanks for posting!

  7. Thank you for all the comments. Much appreciated.


  8. I have a very crude one that I made from a scuffle-hoe blade, but yours is a work of art!