Little Badger Rendezvous butcher knife

Little Badger

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Little Badger’s Rendezvous Butcher knife is a traditional style from the 1820s filling a need for Mountain Man when out checking the traps. A sturdy people getting together at Rendezvous to trade and get supplies.  These knives were popular at these rendezvous.

Our Butcher Knife is heavy and 11”.  This knife will work for skinning and the added weight would do well for butchering small game.  This shape would not work as a traditional scalping knife. The traditional butchering blade is 6” 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 oak.  

The tang on this knife is full with oiled walnut wood 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 rather   This brass Qullion gives this knife a unique look that you won’t see very often in modern historical replicas.

A nice addition is the traditional bear claw stamp on the hilt and end cap.

The sheath is stitched together with a Metis whip stitch, Badger learned from his Grandfather. This is a simple knife designed for simple  tasks, traditionally the sheath would have no seed bead work.  

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.

Butcher knife historyHeavy Full tang mostly used for butchering and skinning.  Sometimes used for defense.  A little heavy large blade for a scalping knife. This blade would make a good camp knife, and skinning knife.  This blade would be used for preparing skins and butchering dinner.  This is a heavier knife that can also be used as a digging blade.  Graves were a regular task but there were many other digging tasks in camp.  This would be a knife to find at a mountain man Rendezvous, purchased from the local blacksmith.  This blade was commonly used in the early 1820’s.

Butcher knives were a rigid one piece knife.  These knives were common survival tools among the mountain men and trappers in the 1810’s and especially the 1820’s.These knives were the everyday implement of living and survival in the mountains and were used for most meat and game processing, butchering, skinning and other light and heavy duty cutting tasks, including occasional scalping and digging graves  Butcher knives came in multiple shapes and sizes, some of which were better suited to certain tasks, such as skinning than others.  

*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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