I am interested in why certain patterns and knife shapes are called what they are called. Some of them I can figure out: Coke bottle, gun stock, sowbelly, canoe, sunfish and elephant toenail
are all self-explanatory. And, I found the definition of barehead
but not bearhead
in the glossary here. But is bearhead
just a misunderstanding of barehead, or is there really a bearhead
? A stockman
knife gets its name from the people that use that pattern most, the stockmen or cattlemen that would be lost without them in their pockets. And I would venture a guess that a doctor's knife
gets its name in the same way, although I don't want a doctor cutting on me
with one of those!
And serpentines are easy to identify.
But, why is a trapper called a trapper?
Why is a copperhead called a copperhead?
Does a congress pattern take its name from the Capitol building and its two houses of congress?
Where does the muskrat pattern get its name? Did its name evolve from the fact that most muskrats have two opposite-opening muskrat blades, and if so, where did the blades get that name?
Anyway, just some questions I have been pondering lately ... Maybe some of y'all can point me in the right direction!