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My old knife collecting buddy used to call this style of knife an "Ojibwe* Knife"... ::hmm:: I have seen it called a "Trade Knife" as well. Whatever it is called, I love this big leaf shaped blade, it just looks cool ::nod:: (... and being cool is sometimes 9/10s of what owning a knife is all about... 8) )


*The Ojibwe are an Anishinaabe people whose homeland covers much of the Great Lakes region and the northern plains, extending into the subarctic and throughout the northeastern woodlands.
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Looks like a good multipurpose knife. Could even dig a hole with it if necessary.

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Appears to be in the style of a Blackfoot or trade Dag. Here is one I have, the blade made by Russell for the Museum of the Fur Trade.
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Rockingkj wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 7:06 am Appears to be in the style of a Blackfoot or trade Dag. Here is one I have, the blade made by Russell for the Museum of the Fur Trade. IMG_6627.jpeg
The Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron is one of the best museums in the US. Been there a couple of times and highly recommend it to anyone interested in that period of US history. In NW Nebraska, south of Rapid City SD.
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Interesting .... blade shape reminds me of a boar spear.
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GSPTOPDOG wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 12:30 am My old knife collecting buddy used to call this style of knife an "Ojibwe* Knife"... ::hmm:: I have seen it called a "Trade Knife" as well. Whatever it is called, I love this big leaf shaped blade, it just looks cool ::nod:: (... and being cool is sometimes 9/10s of what owning a knife is all about... 8) )


*The Ojibwe are an Anishinaabe people whose homeland covers much of the Great Lakes region and the northern plains, extending into the subarctic and throughout the northeastern woodlands.
Very interesting replica of an old style tool.
Here’s an excellent easy read if anyone is interested. The word Chippewa is said to have come about cause the White man couldn’t pronounce OJIBWA ,OJIBWE so they said Chippewa instead .
There was a man named Frank up on our home lands who started making knives of the old style to sell outside of Casino areas .It grew to a level that these knives have now been sold all over the country and other nations and tribes have also started making them for a source of income .Some will have the LCO (Lac Court Orielles) stamp on them . Many are NOT stamped.
The last pic is of the lower end of the Chippewa Flowage . This is about 10 miles north of Couderay Wi. We’re slowly returning the land back to its former beauty!
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Ripster wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 12:53 pm We’re slowly returning the land back to its former beauty!
Good stuff! Thanks for sharing, JP. Very enjoyable reading. ::tu::
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Rockingkj wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 7:06 am Appears to be in the style of a Blackfoot or trade Dag. Here is one I have, the blade made by Russell for the Museum of the Fur Trade. IMG_6627.jpeg
Great picture ::handshake:: thanks!
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Ripster wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 12:53 pm
GSPTOPDOG wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 12:30 am
Very interesting replica of an old style tool.
The last pic is of the lower end of the Chippewa Flowage . This is about 10 miles north of Couderay Wi. We’re slowly returning the land back to its former beauty!
Thanks J.P. ::handshake:: Great post! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Mumbleypeg wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 3:18 am Looks like a good multipurpose knife. Could even dig a hole with it if necessary.
It bears a very good resemblance to the "Smatchet*"


*The smatchet was a heavy-bladed fighting knife designed by William Ewart Fairbairn. Fairbairn instructed British Commandos, the Special Operations Executive and the American Office of Strategic Services on close combat techniques. He based his teaching, and the weapons he designed, on experience gained while serving with the Shanghai Municipal Police. The smatchet’s leaf-shaped blade enabled it to be used for slashing, thrusting or chopping at an opponent. The heavy pommel could be used to deliver a smashing blow. Fairbairn wrote that, “the psychological reaction of any man, when he first takes the smatchet in his hand, is the full justification for its recommendation as a fighting weapon.”
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The reason I thought it would make a good survival knife is it reminds me of a custom pilot’s survival knife made by G.W. Stone. I’ve posted it before but for those who might not have seen it here it is. The blade is heavy but well balanced in-hand, and wide enough for use as a shovel. It’s razor sharp, and the spine is sharpened on the same angle as a hatchet. The handle is linen micarta.

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Great picks of smachet and love the Stone made knife. The fur trade era knives also known as Beaver Tail knives. Designed for a single purpose much like the Fairburn Sykes of WW 2. Purely a weapon.
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Mumbleypeg wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 2:43 am The reason I thought it would make a good survival knife is it reminds me of a custom pilot’s survival knife made by G.W. Stone.
That is a good-looking knife! ::tu::
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Rockingkj wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 6:39 am Great picks of smachet and love the Stone made knife. The fur trade era knives also known as Beaver Tail knives. Designed for a single purpose much like the Fairburn Sykes of WW 2. Purely a weapon.
::hmm:: HMMM Beaver Tail knives... ::hmm:: I HAD NOT HEARD THAT BEFORE.... (oOPS... i AM NOT SHOUTING ... cAP-lock key left on ::facepalm:: )

thanks for the post ::handshake::
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