Knife made from a single piece of iron that serves as the blade, handle and pommel. Remnants of cross-hatched lines on the surface of the blade show that this knife was made from a file. The blade has been sharpened along one edge. It is narrower at the handle, which has been wrapped with light and dark pieces of hide thong. The pommel was made by splitting and bending the piece of iron below the handle. This style of knife, and in particular the shape of the pommel, is characteristic of iron knives made in Siberia and traded throughout the western Arctic and Subarctic, although it may have been made locally, copying that design.
FROM CARD: "ILLUS.: HNDBK. N. AMER. IND., VOL. 4, FIG. 5C, P. 401. IDENTIFIED THERE AS KNIFE OF ATHABASKAN TYPE MADE FROM FILE."