Picking knife (basket maker)

identifier

ID 141

morphology

craft

holotype

MOT V 94.0246 L=11cm WD=5cm WT=92gr

holotype

MOT V 2003.0033 L=9cm D=4cm WT=39gr. Inscription: WOUTERS [AN]VERS.

holotype

MOT V 2012.0209 L=13cm WD=3,5cm H=2cm WT=51gr

holotype

MOT V Dv 0604 L=22cm WD=4cm WT=100gr
description

A basket maker's picking knife has a wide, curved or semicircular (approx. 4-7 cm) blade with a sharp outside. The basket maker uses the knife to cut off the twigs sticking out of a woven basket. He places the cut on the twig and cuts it off by an axial movement (cf. the curved knife).

The picking knife is sometimes replaced by a shoe knife (1). [MOT]

(1) AUDIGER: 3; LEROUX & DUCHESNE: 4.