Please read our Terms below for details. PLEASE NOTE: We take our photos in natural light outdoors and as a result there are sometimes reflections or shadows or glare shown in the blades. In person none of these exist; we will say so in the description if it may be otherwise. I've owned this knife for well over 40 years, and it has always looked as it does, which is OLD. This one was only recently unboxed from storage so up it goes here now for sale.
To say that its owner was amazed I would be interested in it would be the understatement of the day. He was as old and weathered as any one man can be--the human being equivalent of the knife itself, but he wasn't much help in recounting the knife's history, only telling me that he got it many years ago but didn't remember where or from whom. He later told me, somewhat matter-of-factly, that he had no use for it because nobody was hunting seal anymore. I suspect it was nothing special to him, but to me, it was a piece of folk-art, as beautiful for its form as for its utility.
Notice the way it incorporates a figural seal's head at the top of the blade, not only for use as a thumb-grip and caplifter, but to embody the spirit of the prey--a VERY Native American notion in that part of the world. Its hand-forged, carbon steel, sawback blade was probably formed by cannibalizing another old knife blade or possibly a saw blade (not uncommon for either one), or may have been forged by hand--hard to tell, so deeply is it patinated. As you'd expect, there are no markings, and it was probably made by the original user, or possibly made by some blacksmith or other enterprising handyman, but there's no disputing its age, which is OLD, OLD, OLD.The patina on the knife (an overused, one-word cliche, but very apt in this case) has a depth and lustre that just can't be reproduced and its stag handle also has a silky texture. The handle is made from a single chunk of bone (probably deer) or possibly some other kind of natural material, with a hidden tang. As you can see in the photos, at the pommel there is evidence that this chunk was drilled to accept the knife's tang and the entire piece is still capable of hunting--nice and tight. It does have a single hairline at the point where blade meets handle but it doesn't affect the knife at all and it remains solid in every way. Despite its age, the knife is remarkable in how perfectly balanced and comfortable it feels in the hand--ideal for making the difficult strokes any good skinning knife needs to when cutting around bones, through joints, limbs, etc.
Associated with skinning a trapped or fallen animal. It's also not hard to imagine it being carried as a weapon. It's a slightly smaller piece, made with a 4-3/8" blade (8" overall length) but would still make a formidable enemy, still able to get you out of a jam, if called upon to do so. If you're collecting Fur Trade or Native American items, you're in luck--this is a rare opportunity to add some authenticity and quality to your collection on a piece that will be an instant heirloom in even the most discriminating collection. Our store's inventory is searchable using the search field or may be browsed by clicking on categories, with each option found on the left side of the store's homepage.
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The item "OLD OLD Antique Eskimo Seal Skinning/Hunting Knife from Alaska withBone and Sheath" is in sale since Monday, January 16, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Knives, Swords & Blades\Collectible Fixed Blade Knives\Vintage Fixed Blade Knives\Custom & Handmade". The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California.
This item can be shipped worldwide.