Many 18th Century American knives were forged of wrought iron. This was a common and plentiful material in Colonial America and far less expensive than imported steel. However, it does require unique skills and technology in forging, hardening and tempering. This example is completely hand-made using original 18th century wrought iron and employing traditional tools and technology in the construction.
Copy and photographs of the Barry and Dorothy Maxfield Exhibit at the 2011 Lake Cumberland Mini CLA Show by Jan Riser.