Maritime knives are a world apart, as is seafaring on the whole. What you need in this rough environment is a "companion fidèle", a true companion, with no frills yet reliable. Its characteristics are the broad blade with a pulled down point and a handle with a perfect grip. With this knife, all the works on board can be dealt with effortlessly. It can be used for cutting ropes, repairing wood, it is used like a cutting knife to tailor sailcloth and it is even used during meal times. There's a hole at the end of the handle originally made to fasten a ring in order to be able to attach it to a piece of twine. Its roots are surmised to be in England but during the 1700s it spread to the French and dutch harbors as well.
Black horn with brass anchor