Charlotte: [Bob is recollecting when he first saw Charlotte, in the elevator] Did I scowl at you?
Bob: No, you smiled.
Charlotte: I did?
Bob: Yes, it was a complete accident. A freak. I haven't seen it since. Just that one time.
Bob: Like that, but bigger... bigger... mm-hmm... well, not that big!
fr. the movie (2003)-- Lost in Translation, written and directed by Sophia Coppala
I'm not much on garage sales, at all. Some people are and that's fine but I am trying to reduce my pile, not add to it. But my oldest daughter has wanted a pogo-stick for awhile and the other day I saw one at a sale so I stopped. I bought the Pogo-stick and as I was leaving I noticed a beautiful crooked knife on a table for $1.00, so of course I bought it, thus adding to my pile.
For those of you who may not know about these traditional Indian tools, they are essentially a one-handed draw knife, which frees the other hand to hold the work, seen here.
I believe this knife, and perhaps all knifes, were intended for baskets. I say this because the blade is double bevel, thus making it a wedge. Indians around here and in the Bangor-Old Town area use Brown Ash to make their baskets. When pounded the trees separate at the annual growth rings, and then these strips are pulled apart, making strips that are then used to weave. A crooked knife is used to further split the splint, making thinner pieces. It is also used to shape the handles and the rim pieces.
I have seen a few crooked knifes but this one is a little different. It has a brass ferrule, usually they are wrapped with fine copper wire, and the handle has ribs, beautifully done, and a little swelling where the neck joins the handle. Obviously this was a special tool.
The advantage of a crooked knife is that they can be used one handed. I wonder if they had shave horses if they would have adopted two-handled draw knifes instead. I don't think this tool will see much use in my shop, but it is a beautiful tool.