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.
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
Credit Line
Lawrence & Co. through J. T. Brown
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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