Prior to greater contact with Western influences, the Hawaiian people had little access to metal. Hence, cutting implements were made from natural materials like sharp flakes of basaltic rock, volcanic obsidian glass, and bamboo. Hawaiians often used shark’s teeth, well-known for their cutting ability. Sharks were respected, both as part of the natural world and as amakua, or family guardians. Shark teeth were highly prized for their usefulness. One use of the teeth was for a tool called a niho ‘oki, or cutting-tooth. It was used much like a utility knife, constructed with a shark’s tooth on a wooden handle. The tooth was lashed or pegged onto the handle through small holes. It was immediately ready to cut or carve and did not require sharpening.
This niho ‘oki is made with solid Koa and shark’s tooth by Hawaii craftsman Keith Maile.
Weapon Framed: 12.25 inch x 12.25 inch x 2.75 inch
Framed Weapon is packed in a custom made strong box individually fitted for each Art Piece. Price does not include special strong box fee for packaging (shipping charges separate). Questions please call 1.808.845.6688
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