SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – People across the country that love Native American art and culture often hear the tales of their hunting prowess. Never wasting any part of their kill, the tribes promote the idea of hunting as more of a sacred ceremony than that of simple survival.
One crucial element to this fatal dance is the knife used to skin and cut the animal so that all its parts can be used in one form or another. And collectors can now purchase these knives for a 50 percent discount.
While Native American knives are used primarily as a functional representation of the tribe’s beliefs, they have since taken on a more artistic meaning in the modern era. More elaborate and often painted with vivid scenes of the Southwest or Native American symbols, these decorative Native American styles knives have become a must-have for any Southwestern home.
SilverTribe.com, a purveyor of Native American art and jewelry has unveiled a new collection of knives for the public to enjoy for their homes. These knives are beautiful and still functional.
Silvertribe’s spokesman, Chris Anderson, said, “One of the most talented artists in the Southwest, Ken Richardson, was kind enough to work with us on this project, creating stunning hand-crafted pieces in the Native American style. His collection includes antler bone knives, fashioned like the ancient designs used by tribes thousands of years ago, knives with the bear paw symbol etched into the handle, giving strength and protection to the wielder, and even knives with animal symbols painted into the handles as well. They all have the look and feel of an ancient artifact, made by expert hands, Ken really knew his trade.”
Ken Richardson, who died in 2015, was a professional Ferrier and blacksmith who began making knives out of old cross cut saws in his free time. His unique style combined with his affinity for knives turned his passion into a full-time career, perfecting the art year after year. The mountains close to his home provided him with a steady supply of shed Rocky Mountain Elk horn that he uses to create these original works of art.
Richardson’s knives won the “The Best Art Knife of the Show” two years in a row at the annual Knifemaker’s Guild.
Every knife included in the new collection comes with a custom made leather sheath that was made to be hooked to the side of the hip, similar to how native warriors tended to carry their weapons.
Anderson is particularly proud of the bone antler pieces, their hauntingly pale color, “makes for both a stunning piece and provides excellent grip.”
Visit Silvertribe.com to see the new collection of knives and other Native American jewelry and art.