|Ground Slate Thule Men's Knife|
This is a ground slate late Thule men's knife that I made in 2004. One of the artifacts that we found this summer made me think of it. Remember that roughed out ulu preform that I mentioned on the blog a couple weeks ago? We found a broken and discarded knife at the site next to it, a few hundred metres away. It was made from the same slate, but this one had been completed before it was broken. You can see how finely this slate takes an edge when it has been ground and polished sharp. There was no sign of a handle, but you can imagine it hafted something like the reproduction in the photos.
|Ground slate knife blade and two chert flakes found nearby. Its more of an Inuit style knife, but the chert flakes were most likely Palaeoeskimo in origin. Check out how nice the bevel is on the edge (inset).|
|Here's the tip of the knife in situ. I think Lori found this piece.|