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Split knife
Donated by Joey Gibson

Split knife

Split knife

This 1980s-era homemade knife comes from the Gibson family, basket makers well-known for their traditional style and craftsmanship of white oak baskets. The knife was used by Don Gibson (1938-2012) and his son, Joey, (b. 1960) to shave strips of wood from a white oak slat. You can see a photo of the split knife in use on the Gibson Baskets website.

The knife's wooden base was made by a Gibson relative, who made several "blanks" for this purpose. When the base wore out, Gibson would take a blank handle, notch it, and install the blade. The metal strip was added to prevent wear along the edge and extend the life of the handle.

Split knife blade

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