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!