Chris Muir's Day By Day

Friday, August 01, 2014

Arrival

Jack knife, of the type used by soldiers during the US Civil War:



This one is very similar to period jack knives: bone handle scales, carbon steel blade. The only modern touch is that the bolsters are made of stainless steel instead of period iron or brass.

When the war started soldiers were over-loaded with gear, and many carried huge Bowie knives, thinking that knife-fighting would be an integral part of battle. The weight of the huge knives on forced marches soon became apparent to them, and very often those Bowie knives were discarded along the roadside, or traded to someone who didn't have to hump the weight themselves, cavalry or artillerymen.

Available for purchase at World Knives, LTD.

3 comments:

Brock Townsend said...

Very nice. Thanks.

Old NFO said...

That is nice, and an interesting tie in to history!

Stephen said...

Nice. I need another knife...I only own about a hundred. I'm a light weight knife collector.