C.1880s. Large wood scale grip skinning and butchering knife as served on the American frontier. The 11" blade with hand hammered tang which extends about half way into the grip and secured by five rivets. That construction indicative of early cottage industry manufacture. Makers stamp to the forte. Skillfully sharpened and now with pin point pitting. Buffalo hunters took hides but also butchered the flesh which was supplied to the Cavalry, railroad workers, and pioneers.