The Sabertooth - 1987 Limited Edition Obsidian Knife

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Date Added:
02/02/05
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Price: $345.00
Overview
This knife was designed and crafted by Dr. Callahan in 1987 while a Director of Piltdown Productions. This is #6 of 50 of The Sabertooth knives made that year. The obsidian blade was shaped into a highly efficient cutting tool by means of controlled fracture, a process called flintknapping. Dr. Callahan is recognized as a master of this process. The blade is mounted with asphaltum into a rugged antler handle, resembling the sabertooth tiger's long fang.Certificate of Authenticity included. Blade Steel: Knapped Black and Mahogony Obsidian
ABOUT THE MAKER
Callahan, MA, MFA, PhD, Errett
Dr. Callahan is considered to be a master and foremost authority of the art of flintknapping.I have a master's and a doctorate in anthropology (with emphasis in lithic technology and experimental archeology respectively) and a masters in Fine Arts. In 1992, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden for my work on the Mesolithic and Neolithic there. Thus I am now on the faculty of Uppsala University, Archeology Department.These degrees may not be responsible for my craftsmanship but they have indeed forced me to think hard about design, about historical context, and about field testing my products. Throughout the 1970s, I pioneered the field of "Living Archeology, conducting subsistence projects in which participants lived off the land for from two to nine weeks under primitive conditions. We used stone knives and other primitive tools exclusively, while testing certain archeological hypotheses. When your life and very material comfort depend exclusively upon your stone tools, you learn a few things about function, design, and craftsmanship. So when I say that my knives are functional, I think I know what I am talking about.
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