American "Patch" Knife, mid-1800s

American "Patch" Knife, mid-1800s

This type of knife was used with muzzle-loading muskets, rifles, etc., for cutting cloth "patches" to wrap around the lead ball or use as "wadding." This particular example is believed to have been used with a "Plains" rifle.

This shape is very typical of the type and can be easily used for cutting various items using only one hand.

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