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Arkansas Toothpick': Bowie Knife (verso).
Civil War drawings collection, approximately 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400
December 30, 1862
Drawing: Graphite on paper. 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. Sketch of a Bowie Knife.
The Arkansas Toothpick is essentially a Bowie Knife: a heavy dagger with a pointed, straight 12-20 inch blade. The 'toothpick' is balanced and weighted for throwing and can also be used for thrusting and slashing. Because of its large size, it is usually carried in a holster across one's back. The knife is meant to be heavy enough to be used as a hatchet for cutting wood, but sharp enough for shaving or combat. Its versatility had such an impact that two of Arkansas's nicknames became 'The Bowie State' and 'The Toothpick State.'
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