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Sinniesa or dovetail knife

The artefact

This foldable damask steel knife, decorated with a raw mutton horn hand-made handle, is typical of the village of Sinnai. Its peculiar dovetail handle that this knife is named after, is refined by a guard decorated with the symbol of the lapwing, a subject typical of Sardinian tradition, often used as a sign of tribute to fertility and freedom, and a brass tail. The artefact is sold inside a leather case.


Materiali: Steel, Horn, Brass
Tecniche di lavorazione: Damasking, The crafting of the blade, Single-piece handle, Ring joint
Dimensioni: Total length cm 22 ; Handle length cm 12.5 ; Blade length cm 9.5
Località di produzione: Sinnai

Artigiano: Knife Sardinia
Settore: Knives

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