• "History You Can Hold" - SENTINEL KNIFE - Elmira Prison

    Elmira Prison 1864-1865

  • $375.00

  • Description

    "History You Can Hold" - SENTINEL KNIFE - Elmira Prison - "Hellmira"

    History Salvaged has partnered with Palmetto Blades to create a unique offering of custom handcrafted knives featuring an assortment of Historic Witness Wood®. Complementing the History Salvaged commitment to “Keep History Alive”, the partnership expands our product line by offering what Palmetto describes as “History You Can Hold”.

    Each custom knife in this collection will begin with Palmetto’s one-of-a-kind custom Damascus blade, The Sentinel, which measures 6” overall length with a 2” saber ground edge. The handle construction will offer an option of an assortment of Historic Witness Wood® from History Salvaged to create the perfect, historic pocketknife. All knives are handmade and come with a custom, hand-tooled leather sheath made. 

    Please Note: Current lead-time on a knife is 60-90 days upon placement of an order and prices vary based on the Rarity of the Historic Witness Wood®.

    The Sentinel Knife


    • Overall Length: 6 Inches
    • Blade Length:  2 Inches
    • Blade Thickness: .1875 Inch
    • Blade Steel: Palmetto Custom Damascus 
    • Made in the USA


    Elmira Prison (Hellmira)

    Elmira Prison Witness Wood® acquired by History Salvaged features 3 species - Black Walnut, Spruce and Mahogany that were used to construct and house Confederate Officers who were being held at Elmira Prison in Elmira, NY in 1864 and 1865. Conditions were particularly awful at "Hellmira", where sanitation and clean water was nearly non-existent and where most prisoners had little shelter, even in the harsh winter.

    Following the end of the Civil War, the lumber from the Confederate Officers' quarters was used in 1866 to build 4 houses in the Town of Elmira. History Salvaged was able to acquire a collection of this original construction Witness Wood® removed during a renovation and expansion of one of the 1866 homes.

    Just finding this rare 150+-year-old wood, witness to some of the seminal events at this notorious Civil War Prison Camp, where more then 25% of the 12,100+ Confederate States of America prisoners of war died, is extraordinary in itself.


      • All Knives are handcrafted and are made in America.

      • Each is individually hand made and each varies in look and feel.

      • All History Salvaged product is guaranteed authentic and made utilizing the wood describe and in conjunction with our partner clients.

      • All History Salvaged products arrive in Eco-Friendly packaging.

      • EacKnife comes with custom handmade leather sheath and COA guaranteeing the Authenticity of the Witness Wood®.


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