Native American crooked knife

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Project by mafe posted 05-05-2016 11:26 AM 3413 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Native American crooked knife
made in Denmark

This post is from the blog:

1. Crooked knife.
2. Old file becomes will become the blade.
3. At the forge.
4. Making the handle.
5. Leather for the wrapping.
6. Crooked knife.

I have always been curious about these Native American knifes, so had to make my self one now that I have the chance, but also because I suffer from chronic pain after a neck operation and find it interesting that the knife is used in a inwards pull motion instead of the traditional pull stroke with Western tools. I have good experiences with the pull strokes used with Japanese tools and use these to ease the pain and give me possibility to work a little longer on the same energy. So this one is out of curiosity and a old wish to make one when I saw the ‘making a crooked knife’ on the web.
You can read more in the blog.

Hope it can inspire others to make tools.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-05-2016 11:29 AM

Well done, Mads. You are going to have the forge hot all the time!!

Cheers, my friend…................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-05-2016 12:42 PM

Interesting knife. Haven’t seen one like it, but it looks useful.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-06-2016 12:27 AM

Nice work. I really like the handle. What kind of wood is that?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 05-06-2016 01:13 AM

That is a very different knife. Must have a special purpose.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-06-2016 03:55 AM

The school |I taught in was 80% native, All the carvers use this type of knife. \i had a plasma arc cutter and cut many blaks for them out of saw blades etc. Well done project

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 05-06-2016 04:22 PM

Hi there,
bushmaster, wonderful info thanks. Would love a plasma cutter… (Ok I have to stop now). Laugh.
doubleDD, read bushmasters answer.
jaykaypur, that is a wonderful kind of wood, so lets call it wonderwood… Smiles, I have no idea, but I agree it has a wonderful life to it.
Swirt, I look forward to try and work with it, it will be really different than what my hands are used to.
Jim, I hope it will leave me time for woodworking also, but right now I have several metal projects that I will love to try out, as well as a wood to do list of app a mile….
Thanks for the kind words.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 05-06-2016 06:54 PM

Mads, this piece turned out nicely. It’s very creative and interesting and I know that you must have enjoyed it very much.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 05-06-2016 11:08 PM

Love to know how many LJ’s you have aspired to have a go at making their own tools mads :)
Your picture parade always tells the story for you
cheers friend

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 05-10-2016 07:16 PM

A super nice sharp pointy thing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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