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BIG Blades Page

This page features ancient Native American Indian "BIG Blades", over-sized knife blades of all sorts, from Wealth blades, to Salmon knives to Dance blades, etc... These are very rare items which are seldom offered for sale anywhere, as very few survived the ages intact, and many more were intentionally "killed" (broken up) when the owner went to the happy hunting grounds.

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Item: Type: Colima Wealth Blade Provenance: Price
TDIBB32 A HUGE mahogany and black obsidian Colima Wealth Blade which is thoroughly flaked on both faces in an Recovered from SOLD
oblique transverse style by an extremely advanced, if not master knapper. Sadly this one was anciently broken Colima, Western Mexico  
with the 2 pieces recently being glued back together. It has slight ancient nicking to one end, but is otherwise 1/29
"all there" as it was anciently made. Definitely a piece more than worthy of a professional restoration. Ex: Kevin Pipes
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Item: Type: Wealth Blade Provenance: Price
TDIBB71 YIKES!!!... They don't come any larger than this big beauty. A HUGE mahogany and black Recovered from underneath Mr. Gunther's SOLD
obsidian Wealth Blade which is very sturdy and thoroughly flaked on both faces in an oblique house on Gunther Island, Humboldt County,  
transverse fashion by a very advanced knapper. This one would make quite an impressive California when the house was removed 1/29
centerpiece to any collection. Sadly, it was anciently broken and recently professionally
restored by Steve Allely. Two other items were recovered with this piece at the same
location, a miniature wealth blade and a miniature slave killer. (Sorry, they're not included)
Era: Developmental Phase - 450 to 1,500 years old Taylor COA
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Item: Type: Pre-Columbian Stemmed Knife Blade Provenance: Price
TDIBB73 A HUGE, fairly slender (for it's size) Pre-Columbian Stemmed Knife Blade Provenance undocumented, but most likely 1,800.00
made from a gray opaque obsidian. Flaking patterns are thorough on both originated from Nayarit in Western Mexico 1,500.00
faces, although somewhat smoothed out from weathering over the ages. 1/19 ON-HOLD ac
The very tip was broken and professionally re-attached Stermer COA
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Item: Type: Deschutes Knife Blade Provenance: Price
TDIBB74 A VERY large, and quite striking black and gray diagonally banded opaque Recovered from Northern California 6,000.00
obsidian Deschutes Knife Blade which is very sturdy and thoroughly flaked in the vicinity of Crump Lake 4,950.00
on both faces by an experienced knapper. The very tip displays slight nibbles,
which are most likely usage wear marks, other than that, this beauty is "all
there" as it was anciently made and used. Just a GREAT, scarce piece Jackson COA
Era: Late Prehistoric Period - 700 years old Rogers COA
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Item: Type: Cascade Knife Blade Provenance: Price
TDIBB76 A very large and fairly thin (for it's size) opaque black obsidian Cascade Knife Blade Recovered from SOLD
which is thoroughly flaked on both faces by an experienced knapper. It has a single Lake County, OR  
small ledge on one face near the tip and sadly, it was recovered in 3 pieces and (more specifics to buyer) 1/29
professionally restored by Steve Allely. Priced accordingly
Era: Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old French COA
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Item: Type: Cascade Knife Blade Provenance: Price
TDIBB77 A very attractive blue-gray dacite Cascade Knife Blade which is well flaked Recovered from 950.00
on both faces, mostly by percussion flaking with secondary pressure flaking Lake County, OR 850.00
to the edges. It has a few slight ledges and a stack (photo 5) but is still an (more specifics to buyer)
outstanding piece. The COA lists it as being obsidian, but I beg to differ. Ex: Roger Crabtree
Era: Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Dietz COA
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Item: Type: Parman Knife Blade Provenance: Price
TDIBB78 A very sturdy and rare mahogany, red and black obsidian Parman Knife Blade which is well Recovered from 2,700.00
flaked on both faces by an accomplished knapper. It has a single ancient dig to one side of the Lake County, OR 2,500.00
blade which appears to have been caused by an overly aggressive attempt to resharpen the (details to buyer)
blade's edge. The very tip has an irregular form also caused from ancient resharpening. Quite an
unusual and scarce item made from a rarer color combination of obsidian. Stermer COA
Era: Paleo to Early Archaic Period - 8,100 to 12,140 years old Bennett COO dlpa

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Item: Type: Knife River Flint Archaic Knife Provenance: Price
DIFT13 A VERY long, sturdy and well made semi-translucent, honey colored Knife River flint Archaic Recovered in Wisconsin 1,500.00
Knife blade which shows little signs of ancient resharpening(s). It's well flaked on both faces,
mostly by percussion flaking with secondary pressure flaking around it's edges, as part of the
resharpening process. It has a very slight ancient nick to the tip which was most likely caused
by use, but is otherwise "all there" as it was anciently made and used. Quite a striking piece!
Era: Early Archaic Period - 5,000 to 8,000 years old Rogers COA dlft

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Item: Type: Adena Knife Blade Provenance: Price
DIFT15 A very large and very sturdy red and orange chert Adena Knife Blade which is Recovered from Harmons Creek 800.00
thoroughly flaked on both faces by an accomplished knapper. Amazingly, due to it's in Benton Co., TN
size, it's ALL THERE, as it was anciently made and used, although, for the lack of Ex: J.N. Bailey
secondary pressure flaking which normally appears from re-sharpenings, this one Ex: Robert Lowe
appears to have seen very little if any heavy duty usage. A very choice piece. Perino COA
Era: Late Archaic to Woodland period - 1,200 to 3,000 years old Rogers COA dlft

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Item: Type: Cascade Bi-pointed Dagger/Knife Provenance: Price
RCBB1 A very good sized opaque black obsidian Bi-Pointed Cascade  From the George & Beth Miller collection. 900.00
  hafted Dagger/Knife blade which is well worked on both faces by an The Millers mostly hunted ancient sites in  
  extremely experienced knapper, although the flaking patterns on side Modoc County, California, Oregon and     
  B are mostly hidden by heavy caliche encrustation. It shows signs of Churchill County, Nevada. From our experience  
  ancient re-sharpening to the hafting line along one edge and is "all with artifacts from these areas, we judge this one  
  there" as it was anciently made and used. A most impressive artifact. to be from one of the dried-up lake beds in Lake  
  Era: Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old County, Oregon, Possibly Crump Lake d
  Details about the George & Beth Miller collection   dlfw
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Item: Type: HUGE black obsidian Cascade Butchering Blade Provenance: Price
DFBB3 A most impressive HUGE and well made Cascade Obsidian Recovered from SOLD
  Butchering Blade for the BIG game animals. A GREAT Lake Co., OR 3/29
  centerpiece for any collection. during the 1960's  

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
DFBB2 A HUGE, broad Late Paleo/Early Archaic period stemmed  hafted Recovered in SE Oregon 2200.00
  Obsidian Butchering Knife form which is well flaked on both faces, which is Paleo territory 1500,00
  mostly by percussion technique. It shows heavy river polish, and must    
  have been setting on a shoreline for thousands of years before the water       
  body dried up, leaving a fair amount of caliche deposits on side B. It's a    
  bit on the asymmetrical side with a nice rounded base, and it leaves little    
  doubt that it wasn't used to skin rabbits! This was a big-game processor    
  and would make an excellent centerpiece to any western collection. Stermer COA dlfw

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
DFBB1 A really fine and intricately worked MONSTER obsidian Found in SOLD
  Cascade butchering knife blade. Well flaked on both faces Harney County, Oregon 3/29
  by a very advanced knapper. It has a nice frosty patina, and    
  has a truncated base. A most attractive piece.    

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
RPBB1 An outstanding very light gray chert Lerma Pointed Base BIG game Found on the Arkansas River in 1600.00
  hand-held butchering knife blade which is very thin for it's size. Just an Oklahoma by B. McClemore  
  outstanding piece which is well formed with thorough percussion flaking    
  patterns on both faces and having nice secondary pressure flaking     
  mostly in a left-handed beveling fashion. It has 2 old (not recent, but not    
  from ancient usage at the time of manufacture) nicks to one blade edge    
  near the tip. (photos 5 & 8) Still a beautiful MONSTER blade worthy    
  of centerpiece display in any worthy collection. Ex: Greg Perino Collection dlrpft3

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACBB1 A HUGE, meaty purple and lavender rhyolite  Recovered from 400.00
  Butchering Blade made in the same form as Mesa, AZ  
  Augustine dart points, from the Archaic    
  period, between 5,000 and 7,000 years old    

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