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
Whaling
Fishing
related event
Expansion and Reform
Civil War and Reconstruction
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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