General Powell's Pocketknife
Item 69175

General Powell's Pocketknife

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It's hard to comprehend the heroism, heartbreak and sheer grisly carnage of the Civil War. One of its consequences was the small army of amputees it created – over 50,000 in number – including John Wesley Powell, explorer of the Grand Canyon. To help them adjust to peacetime life, cutlers created knives like this, which could be opened one-handed off the corner of a pocket or a belt loop due to the unusual, straight razor shape of the blade.

Powell's Pocketknife is not just a historical artifact – it's a functional, useful pocketknife you can use for a variety of small jobs today. In addition to the 1 5⁄8" straight blade, it has a 1 1⁄2" clip point blade that's excellent for slicing, and has a handy thumb hole opening. Blades and bolsters are high-grade 440 stainless steel, handle is maple burlwood, rivets are brass. One of our most unique items ever.
  • Unusual, straight razor blade shape
  • Opens one-handed off a pocket corner or belt loop
  • Useful for a variety of small jobs
  • 1 5/8" straight blade plus 1 1/2" clip point blade
  • High-grade 440 stainless steel
  • Maple burlwood handle
  • Brass rivets
  • Imported