Little Badger Cowboy Skinning Knife cattle drive Traditional
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Little Badger’s Cowboy Saddle knife is a traditional style from the 1870’s filling a need when Cowboys started their long trails on the bozeman to take their cattle to market and shipped by train across the country.
Our Cattle Drive Knife almost 9” long. The traditional skinning blade is 4 1/2” long. Comes with hone bezil and edge, and very sharp. The blade is made from hand forged Amalgamated steel, all carbon, forged into hardened steel. Handle is a superb polished white tail deer bone.
The tang on this knife is full with the bone inlays riveted with brass pins.
There is a finger point technically called the ricassa and choil. This is the non sharp part of the knife between the edge and the hilt. This is an excellent holding place for the fore finger. Use this spot and add the thumb on the top of the blade for balance, and works well for sharpening,well with butchering and skinning.
The Bolster/qullion is made from traditional brass. This brass Qullion gives this knife a unique look that you won’t see very often in modern historical replicas.
The sheath is stitched together with a Metis whip stitch, Badger learned from his Grandfather.
The traditional seed bead work is Badgers wife’s, Talking Bird, also a Metis tribal member. Talking bird has her art, uses her own unique stitch, always with a traditional native flaw. This flaw cannot be replicated by machinery, making it an authentic stitch. This flaw is native tradition teaches us the lesson of vulnerability. Nothing is perfect. Everything and everyone has flaws Nobody is perfect we are all human with a creator, being a part of who we are. Talking Bird uses her own unique seed bead patterns..
Carbon blades are known for there patina… and rusting without oiling. Forging a carbon blade is an art. The blade needs to be taken care of with a light coat of oil regularly. I oil my blades weekly with machine oil like a 3 in 1. I emphasize weekly to get that beautiful blue Patina these old blades were known for. That is why so many modern blades are made from a form of stainless steel. Stainless blades are hard to keep sharp but they do not rust. There is not much work involved in a stainless blade but the regular sharpening process because they do not hold an edge. Carbon blades hold an edge and are stronger and more versatile.
Little Badger Knives are made using the same techniques and styles of the original frontiersman knives of the 1820’s and 1830’s. Very few of those men used a mass produced knife. They were forged by the local blacksmith. In this same tradition, each Badger knife is an individual piece, one of a kind knife. Individual quality. No two knives are ever the same.
Each knife is unique, no two knives are the same. I ship knives, well oiled, wrapped in plastic wrap. Do not touch the blade. Touching the blade of a newly forged carbon blade can leave permanent prints from the oil in our skin. I never touch the blade with my skin. I always use a fine cloth. When you get your knife Wipe the oil on the knife and re oil. It only takes a couple drops. Oil weekly and you will build a beautiful blue patina on the blade.
Cowboy Skinning Knife History
Cowboys ate mostly beans on the trail. Pintos were known as Mexican strawberries and were not the quality we have today. They were bad. Sometimes small game a deer or two would wander in. If the cowboy was lucky enough to get a good shot, they had their skinning knife usually attached to their saddle or belt. This knife was not usually attached to the shirt as a patch knife. Rarely used for self defense. Mostly for that desire for meat.
*Authentic Native American Knives
As a member of the state-recognized tribe, Cherokees of Northeast Alabama, Keith Little Badger is in full compliance with The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. This Act protects Native American Artisans. All products must be marketed truthfully regarding Indian heritage and tribal affiliation of the producers.
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