Matmaking knife probably made by former RVIB worker Fred Kilpatrick, circa 1986. The knife was used by visually impaired workers in the matmaking workshop of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind on the rod loom. Coir was wound around a rod which was then passed between the weft strings on the loom. The knife was then used to cut along the hollow edge of the rod, thus forming the mat pile. It is believed this knife was made by factory worker Fred Kilpatrick specifically for this task from a piece of old hacksaw blade.

Physical Description

Wooden handle with blade cut back to form a thin edge.

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