Renaissance Knife & Pricker
Renaissance Knife & Pricker feast gear to eat like royalty. This Tudor era knife and pricker will hold an edge well and will not rust if neglected but may stain if mistreated. Good all-around feast gear for medieval Rennaissance fair, LARP, and SCA.
- Choose Bone, Horn, or Olivewood handle.
- Double Natural Vegetable tanned leather Scabbard.
- Hand Hammered Blade of 1095 stainless tool steel. (Rust Resistant)
- Rockwell Hardness 45.
- Leather thong to hang on your Belt
Measurements: The Renaissance Knife & Pricker is 9 3/4 inches in length, 1-inch in width, and a 6-inch long blade. The pricker is 9 1/4 inches long. Both in the scabbard are 10 1/2 inches long. The tang is full or "scale".
History: This Renaissance Knife & Pricker is listed in the Before the Mast as a scabbard with additional sheath. It dates from 1400 -1650 or 14th to 17th Century.
Five hundred years ago, neither hosts nor inns provided guests with eating utensils. "Members of the upper class never traveled without their own set of cutlery," Sara Coffin, curator at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City.
People used to carry their own cutlery and ate with a pricker, knife, and spoon before the wide use of the fork. The pricker was used to hold the food down, the knife to cut it, and eaten using the spoon. This is based on existing sets of knife and pricker, from all over Europe.