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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Knives https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives.html Knife Handle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-30479.html Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle  
Description: An incomplete handle for a folding knife of the Roman period. The handle would originally have been moulded in the form of an outstretched lion, but only the forepart, consisting of the lion's neck, head and front legs, survives. The underside of the lion is deeply recessed to accommodate the blade, which would have been made of iron and hinged from a point between the lion's hind legs. Between the lion's front paws, possibly representing it holding its prey, is another hinged implement, the use of which is uncertain. It is apparently complete, but is clearly not a second blade, and not intended to fold back into the recess on the underside of the lion, as there is a transverse rib preventing it from doing so.

Nigel Mills (see References below) notes:
The Romans used decorative bronze handled knives provided with a number of different implements, much like the Swiss Army knives of today.

On the basis of the more complete example illustrated in Celtic & Roman Artefacts, and another closely similar PAS example (DENO-AEBF93), it would appear that this particular type of knife had at least three separate hinged implements. The form of the uncertain implement held between the front paws on the present knife is virtually identical to that on the PAS example.
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Anthropomorphic Terminal https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/anthropomorphic-terminal-5719.html Sun, 14 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT Knives Anthropomorphic Terminal  
Description: An anthropomorphic terminal in the form of two heads, back to back, probably from a knife handle. The remains of an iron tang are present in a recess at the base of the terminal. The hairstyles depicted on the two heads are different, one with the hair brushed backwards, and the other with it parted and combed sideways.

A similar example is recorded on the PAS (SF-D0D636), and others are cited in the description. All are dated 1st to 2nd century AD. The heads on the PAS example are described as 'female'. On the present terminal, they appear to be male heads.
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Knife Handle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-17014.html Fri, 23 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle  
Description: The zoomorphic handle terminal of a knife of the Roman period. It is in the form of the head and neck of an animal with moulded ears, eyes, mouth and nostrils. There is an integral bar extending from the animal's mouth to the base of the terminal, which creates a closed loop. Remnants of the iron blade are present at the base, and there is ferrous corrosion on the surface.
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Knife Handle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-22170.html Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle  
Description: One half of a composite copper-alloy knife handle of the Roman period. About two-thirds of the length of the handle is faceted with three plain longitudinal panels, while the remaining third is semicircular with moulded circumferential ribs and grooves. The underside is concave and approximately semicircular for the full length. The external surface has a white-metal coating.
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Knife Handle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-6255.html Sat, 03 Mar 2007 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle  
Description: A Roman knife handle depicting an erotic scene involving three figures. The handle is complete and has two rivet holes at the blade end. The iron blade has corroded away.
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Knife Handle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-12848.html Thu, 03 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle  
Description: A Roman folding knife handle depicting an erotic scene involving three figures. The iron blade has corroded away and there is some iron contamination on one of the figures.

See also UKDFD 6255.
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Knife Handle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-9052.html Mon, 17 Sep 2007 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle  
Description: The zoomorphic handle of a folding knife of the Roman period. It is in the form of a stretched lion, and was originally fitted with two separate iron blades, remnants of which survive. The main blade was hinged between the pair of lugs on the underside, and the smaller blade was fitted to a slot on one side of the crescent-shaped rear paws.
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Knife Handle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-42191.html Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle  
Description: The zoomorphic handle of a folding knife of the Roman period. It is in the form of a stretched lion, and was originally fitted with two separate iron blades. The main blade was hinged between the pair of lugs on the underside, and the cutting edge kept within a short longitudinal groove at the head end. The smaller blade, or pick, was hinged within a slot on one side of the rectangular end terminal, which also has a short keeping groove on the side of the lion's body.

See also UKDFD 9052.
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Knife Handle (Fragment) https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-fragment-15943.html Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle (Fragment)  
Description: A fragment of the handle of a folding knife of the Roman period. The handle is of the type that depicts a hound chasing a hare, a complete example of which is recorded as UKDFD 12317. Part of the iron blade survives.

Nigel Mills (see References below) comments:
"The 'hare and hound' is the most common form of folding knife to have been manufactured in Roman Britain by native craftsmen. This type of knife was primarily used as a razor, and its popularity suggests usage by the Legionaries."
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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Knife Handle (Fragment) https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/knives/knife-handle-fragment-19138.html Tue, 12 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT Knives Knife Handle (Fragment)  
Description: A Roman knife-handle fragment made from copper-alloy. The fragment is of an openwork design, and moulded in form of a hound. The handle is of the type that depicts a hound chasing a hare; a complete example is recorded as UKDFD 12317.

The hare from the same handle was found by a different detectorist and recorded as UKDFD 17190. They are pictured together.

Nigel Mills (see References below) comments:
"The 'hare and hound' is the most common form of folding knife to have been manufactured in Roman Britain by native craftsmen. This type of knife was primarily used as a razor, and its popularity suggests usage by the Legionaries."
Category: Roman, Knives
Category: Knives
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