Classic Confederate adaptation of a household utensil for combat. 6 1/4" length, made from a table knife with walnut slab sides and pewter pommel. The front ferrule removed the blade reshaped to short triangular form which provided the leverage to quickly cut the thick patch before seating the ball. Uniform condition indicating its use in this form over a long period. Inked museum/collection number. Many Confederate soldiers went to war with hunting rifles and even fowlers.