Spectacular Knife

Often called a buffalo knife or chief’s knife, this artifact was described as “extremely heavy… a sort of butcher’s cleaver with a point instead of squared-off end.”

Written by Beverley Tallon & Ryan Kessler

December 1, 2012

This Hudson’s Bay Company trade item was popular with hunters of western Canada during the last half of the nineteenth century.

Often called a buffalo knife or chief’s knife, it was described as “extremely heavy… a sort of butcher’s cleaver with a point instead of squared-off end.”

This well-designed specimen, made by Jukes Coulson, Stokes & Co. Ltd. of London, England, was found to be equally versatile as a light hatchet, cleaver, skinning knife, or deadly weapon.

This article originally appeared in the December 2012-January 2013 issue of Canada’s History magazine.

This article is also offered in French

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