Classic Early America Arkansas Toothpick Knife

Authentic Reproductions of 18th & 19th Century American Frontier Knives

The Arkansas Toothpick knife was named as reference to the rough nature associated with those occupying the lowlands of Arkansas and the Mississippi delta in the mid-19th century. Travelling journalists from Europe often made-up stories about seeing men and old boys picking their teeth with giant knives that they dubbed Arkansas Toothpicks. It is usually a large knife almost always double edged with a sharp acute point. The knife almost always had a double quillon guard with many being quite fancy, imitating the Bowies of the day in size and appearance.