ROMAN UTILITY KNIFE

on reserve

Measurements: 18.5 cm - length

 

Description: A Roman knife with a bronze handle and an iron blade. The blade is slightly curved which signifies this was a utility knife. The curve allows for the use of more force when cutting because of additional pressure with index finger or thumb on the blunt back of the blade. Knives of this type and in different sizes, were found in military as well as civilian archaeological sites. The hilt was likely made of degradable material, such as wood or bone, hence only the bronze base remains.

 

Reference: The Metropolitan Museum

 

Provenance: German collection, 1980s.

 

Period: 1st – 3rd cent. AD

 

Condition: Very fine, chipping and corrosion to the blade, patination to the handle.

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