Comanche Traditional Scalping Knife Late 1830’s Little Badger Blades
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The Comanches were scalpers and they were good at it. Learned the skill from the white folks. Texas paid a bounty on Comanche scalps. Many times after a kill a Comanche warrior would jump off his knife and pull his scalping knife out of his shirt or strapped to his leg around his boot. Then he would do the deed…. Take the scalp. This knife may be used in hand to hand fighting but generally was reserved for scalping.
This knife would also make a great skinning/field dressing knife.
Our Comanche Scalping Knife almost 9” long. The traditional skialping 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 White Tail Bone bone inlays riveted with brass pins.
There is a finger edge 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,with butchering and skinning (thus scalping knife).
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 sheath is simple in design and looks much like the traditional sheath would be. This knife would need easy access and beads would only get in the way of release.
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.
*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.
The scalping knife was a ceremonial weapon used to cut the hair, along with the scalp of the head, off the enemies of the native americans. Apache, Comanche, Lakota, Mohawk, and many other tribes performed scalping. This practice was done to commemorate victories. These knives were usually made from stone and bone but sometimes were made of metal imported or bought from American merchants.
Contrary to popular belief; scalping began with European settlers who scalped Native Americans to claim bounties. The Natives adopted scalping in response.
This is a special weapon of the Comanche warrior. Because the Comanche were horsemen, they didn't develop knife fighting skills similar to Apache knife fighting and so the Scalping Knife was more used for Scalping than actual combat. These knives rarely had beading on the sheaths.
This was not considered a battle weapon thus the Comanche's weapon usually had the lowest number of kills. After the Battle the Warrior would jump off his saddle and then begin taking scalps.
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