Kayak Shaping Knife

George Wostenholm

This Crooked Knife or Draw Knife is used to carve wood, specifically in the making of the traditional Birch Bark Canoe.

The favoured tool of Native Americans, Inuit and early North American settlers, the user draws the curved blade towards them one handed to carve and shape the wood.

The wooden handle has a thumb recess and it is attached to the blade with brass rivets. A knife similar to this has been featured in the BBC Ray Mears programmes. 

There is much written about Crooked Knives on the internet - this link makes particularly interesting reading. 

The knife is available in a right and left handed version and is branded George Wostenholm - a name synonymous with knife quality in North America since the mid 1800's.