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Inughuit (Polar Eskimo) knife
Greenland tool

14 1/2 x 1 x 1/2 in. (37 x 3 x 1 cm)

Inuit (aka Eskimo, Inuk) Primary

Object Type: tool
Creation Places: North America, Greenland, Northwest Greenland
Medium and Support: iron on bone
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 1966.45
This iron-bladed knife with a bone handle shows long use. the blade is reworked from some other tool, perhaps a bayonet. By the late 19th century, Inughuit men were making many tools from imported industrial steel.

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