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Medieval Butcher Knives (and depictions of them)?


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A while ago I looked a bit into the "French butcher knife", though there wasn't a ton of information out there about it. It seems like most of the ones floating around out there are from the early 20th century at the earliest, but I remember seeing a depiction of one in art from much longer ago (13th/14th century?) that looked a lot like the one I ended up making, but I can't for the life of me find it again (kicking myself for not bookmarking it!). Has anyone seen depictions of knives like this or pictures of originals from around that time?

 

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Here is the one I made for reference, I've seen it called a "peasant knife" as well, though "French butcher knife" seems to be the most common. The depiction (maybe in a tapestry?) IIRC was of a cow being butchered or slaughtered with a knife that looked a lot like this. I know this is vague, but I would definitely appreciate in any information about older variations of this style of knife!

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22 hours ago, Jerrod Miller said:

This is the best my searching can provide at the moment (check out the knife oddly on the wall in both pictures):

Thank you the images and for showing the search, I may used that general format in the future to look for this kind of thing, the results are a lot more "on topic" than searches I've tried.

 

20 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Seems like there's a few in Knives and Scabbards from the Museum of London...

That seems like an interesting book! I may have to pick up a copy at some point, I've been expanding my "knife book" collection a lot recently.

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5 minutes ago, Aiden CC said:

That seems like an interesting book! I may have to pick up a copy at some point, I've been expanding my "knife book" collection a lot recently.

 

That book is a must have.  Period. 

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