Knife

Description
A knife was an essential tool on a whaleboat, where the quick cutting of a tangled line snagged on a man’s ankle or on an object in the boat could mean the difference between life or death.
Object Name
knife
Date made
1880s
Physical Description
metal (blade material)
wood (handle material)
Measurements
overall: 1 5/8 in x 21 in x 1 1/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 53.34 cm x 3.175 cm
blade: 12 in; 30.48 cm
handle: 8 3/4 in; 22.225 cm
ID Number
TR*103026
catalog number
103026
accession number
12328
subject
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Whaling
Fishing
event
Expansion and Reform
Civil War and Reconstruction
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Lawrence & Co. through J. T. Brown
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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