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Old 13th May 2015, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default A little blade

Why do i always assume that, if a blade has a ridge (even if the other face is flat) has to be that of a weapon and not of a domestic knife ? .
I picked this one for less than a price of a portion of fish and ships (as per Tim Simmons ).
It came with a modern turned wood handle, which i torn off within the hour.
The tang is no so 'martial' but ...
I wonder what the hole represents, or what is its purpose . Anyone familiar with such feature ?
A nice patina is present, a possible sign of its age as being 19th. century ?

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Old 13th May 2015, 07:50 PM   #2
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Without any expertise on these knifes i would say this is a tool used in a barn or shed and hung from that mysterious hole via a nail?

But than again it might just very well be the letter opener that was used in the famous letter from Napoleon when he was defeated?

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While this blade seems highly indicative of a dagger, as Fernando notes, there are hunting knives with central ridge (mostly I think with various stag horn etc. hilts) and I would think that curious aperture is likely more for a rivet or hilt securing than any practical purpose.
The patination does indeed suggest age which could certainly be 19th c.
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Thank you Jim.
A bit distant from the tang for hilt securing, don't you think ?
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Thank you Jim.
A bit distant from the tang for hilt securing, don't you think ?


Probably so, but who knows what the hilt was like. Sounded logical but then maybe it is just for hanging it on a wall, like the ruler there
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