Hoof cleaning knife

identifier
ID 358
morphology
craft
holotype
MOT V 91.0258 L=21,5cm WD=3,5cm WT=80gr. Inscription: 104.
holotype
MOT V 2004.0085 L=24cm WD=3cm WT=113gr
alias
farrier's knife (syn.) (BARNES: 193)
alias
farrier's hoof cleaning knife (syn.)
alias
farrier's searcher (syn.)
alias
hoof knife (syn.)
alias
horse knife (syn.)
alias
horse shoeing knife (syn.)
alias
hoof paring knife (syn.)
description

Hand tool that the blacksmith uses to trim horses' hooves. It usually has a slightly curved blade that is bent at the end and that cuts its entire length. (Compare with the beam scribe, the timber scribe, the cooper's timber scribe and the clog maker's timber scribe).

That blade sticks in a wooden handle that is often bent upwards. Excess horn is cut away with the knife. With the bent end - which also cuts - impurities on the inside of the hoof can be removed.

There are models for both left and right-handed users (1).

See also the horseman's folding knife. [MOT]

(1) Eg. Encyclop├ędie 1740-80, volume 13: s.v. Marechal ferrant.

MOT V 2004.0085