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JB67

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During the American Revolution, especially early on, militiamen were expected to carry a tomahawk or large knife if they did not have a bayonet. Here is a knife I made in the style of the ubiquitous trade knife, which should serve the purpose quite well. (From what I could find, crossguards on knives came later, in the 1800s.) It started life as a machete with a broken handle. I cut the blade down, made scales from maple boards, and reused the brass pins. I also removed the "made in Ecuador" and other modern markings. The blade is 10", with a 5" handle. I also made the center-seam sheath (my 1st attempt at one.
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That looks good to me. I sure wouldn’t want to get poked with that !
if you looked closely on 5he blade, you might have been able to make out,’Ecuador on the Hudson’...:cool::doh:
 

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I like it! What is the length of that blade? Reminds me of my small project knife from a horse rasp

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During the American Revolution, especially early on, militiamen were expected to carry a tomahawk or large knife if they did not have a bayonet. Here is a knife I made in the style of the ubiquitous trade knife, which should serve the purpose quite well. (From what I could find, crossguards on knives came later, in the 1800s.) It started life as a machete with a broken handle. I cut the blade down, made scales from maple boards, and reused the brass pins. I also removed the "made in Ecuador" and other modern markings. The blade is 10", with a 5" handle. I also made the center-seam sheath (my 1st attempt at one.
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Yes. Cross guards on single edged knives are very rare for 18th c. Cross guards on daggers very common. Also common on knives re-purposed from broken swords. Most common belt knives were common trade knives. If damaged or lost, they were easy to replace.
 
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