Carved Lady Knife

This sculpture was hand-carved by Adam McKay in Australia. Carved in the round, it portrays a young lady with a tame bird of prey. The form is modelled from a popular theme found across Europe and Scandinavia from c. 1200-1400 of young women with birds, dogs and musical instruments. Because extant examples are invariably from ivory, this reproduction is olive wood; a fine carving wood and fitting substitute. 

Beyond the sculpted handle, this is a fully functional carving knife, with a queen ebony bolster and high carbon tool steel blade. High carbon steels take and retain a razor edge, should you decide to put this artwork into service. 

The accompanying vegetable tan leather sheath is a suitable match for the carved handle. It has been molded directly to the knife, hand stitched and decorated with hand-tooled panels, and finished with a beeswax polish for sheen and durability. The decoration is based on examples in the Museum of London. 

For more information on similar knife handles, see the Gothic Ivories Project at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London


  • Total length: 297mm 
  • Blade length: 173mm
  • Bladed depth: 39mm
  • Spine thickness: 2mm
  • 140 grams


  • Olivewood
  • High Speed Tool Steel
  • Queen Ebony
  • Vegetable Tan Leather
  • Linen thread

Please Note - Although Adam McKay can create new custom knives to your specification, this listing is for one unique knife. 

Period: 1200 - 1300 AD, 1300 - 1400 AD
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