Interesting handmade knife - inlaid - Inuit? - material?

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  1. Northern Lights Lodge

    Northern Lights Lodge Active Member

    Hi everyone,

    This little guy has been with me since the 1960's and I was a Junior High Schooler! It was probably about this time of year and I was walking through our subdivision and found him laying out in the street in the slush.

    I've always thought he was sweet. He appears to be handmade...and he DID have a little pointy coral color beak; and despite my attempts to save it...somewhere it got parted from him as his head has always been split. I think he was missing an eye when I found him. I honestly don't know what the base material is... it isn't a "bone" I'm familiar with... almost greenish and very "stringy" looking. It is almost transluscent. The wings are brass. The blade appears to be hand made also; id on the blade. The dots seem to be inlay - reddish, black and blue. He measures 3 1/2" long from head to tail and just over 1/2" wide.

    I've always "thought" that it was Inuit or Alaskan native - I'm not sure why; except that years and years ago (probably when I was in High School); my Dad subscribed to Nat Geo and I "think" I remember seeing an article about Inuits...and I could have sworn that I saw something similar in that article. I've since looked for the article and can't find it.

    I've asked from time to time at knife shows; but no one seems to have much info. So, I'm sharing with you all.

    Any ideas??

    Thanks Leslie

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  2. flipper

    flipper Well-Known Member

  3. flipper

    flipper Well-Known Member

    Lebanese figural knife made in Jezzine, Lebanon. It measures 3" closed. It is carved from horn. It has brass wings with what I believe are coral and turquoise inlays. There are a few inlays that are missing. The blades do not have a locking mechanism by design. This is the extent of my knowledge of this knife.

    -as copied from the post
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  4. i need help

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  5. flipper

    flipper Well-Known Member

    Is "sniped" a bad thing?
  6. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    Depends on if you are the 'sniper' or the 'snipee'. :D
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  7. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    Not at all, just means I didn’t notice you found it before posted similar.
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  8. Northern Lights Lodge

    Northern Lights Lodge Active Member

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  9. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    I have a incredibly similar letter opener.
  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    can we see....?:);)
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  11. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    And I have a fork/spoon serving set, marked "Made in Lebanon" as I recall.
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  12. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    No but only because I couldn’t find it if my life depended on it. :) I thought I found that it was made in Egypt when I looked but I’m probably wrong. Got it for $1 at a sale.
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  13. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    Because these are a product of a very small area of Lebanon, unless you already knew the name "Jezzine ware" it would be pretty hard to search them online - and as a result, there are a lot of mis-identifications to be found online.
    But a search for that term produces lots of results:
    The inlays on most that I've seen appear to be various colors of plastic, rather than actual turquoise or coral.
  14. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    That makes sense! Mine are almost definitely not real stones. Not even sure they’re plastic. Might just be paint. I saw someone selling one once saying it was real stone when I would have bet $50 they weren’t.
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