Cane Cutting Knife

Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Cane cutting knife, featuring long, wooden handle with steel blade that has been heat bent for use. Blade is bent at an approximate 30 degree angle for use by a right-handed person.
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Agriculture Harvesting cane cutting knife
Measurements
L651 x W157mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, steel
History and use
This cane knife came from a Sugar Cane farm at Erakala in Mackay. It has a deliberate bend in the blade. Most South Sea Islander cane cutters preferred a bent blade to give them purchase when cutting the cane.

Cane knives are particularly symbolic to Australian South Sea Islanders as it was their manual labour that established the Queensland sugar industry.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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E16946

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