DescriptionEarly "Arkansas Toothpick." circa 1860s-1880s. A very heavy made Bowie-type knife with great large 13.25" long blade; overall length is 18.25". It features a nice wooden handle with metal work. Original, with sharpened blade.
An Arkansas Toothpick is a heavy dagger with a sharp point and having a 12-20 inch blade. The knife is weighted and balanced for throwing, thrusting, and slashing easily. James Black is often credited with making the first Bowie knife and the first Arkansas toothpick, but no evidence has been found to prove that. These knives, because of their size, are usually carried on one's back in a leather type holster. From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.
Condition: Fine, missing part of collar at handle and guard light rust, has been cleaned.
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