Patch Knives for Black Powder Shooters

The patch knife is a standard part of any rifleman’s equipment. For easy access, These knives were carried in a scabbard which was fastened either to the front shoulder strap of the hunting pouch or directly behind the pouch itself.

Patch knives were made in a variety of ways, with no two ever being alike. These knives were primarily used to cut patches, pieces of cloth or leather which were wrapped around the rifle ball to insure a tight fit against the rifling in the barrel of the weapon. Handles were made of a variety of material - often antler, wood, or cow horn. The handle was then attached to a three or four-inch blades with a mixture of pine resin.