K. CARSON is the essential hunter’s tool. The overall length of this full tang blade comes in at 8″. The O1 tool steel blade length of 4″ is perfect for skinning game and field dressing. This knife features a handsome handle of Maple Burl and Fiddleback, black liners, and brass pins. A handcrafted leather sheath comes standard with K. CARSON.
Overall Length: 8”
Blade Length: 4”
Availability: 24 in stock (can be backordered)
Christopher “Kit” Houston Carson
December 24, 1809 Richmond, Kentucky – May 23, 1868 Fort Lyon, Colorado
In the 1960s and 1970s, Carson came under the scrutiny of contemporary historians, and ideas regarding his historical legacy began to change. Earlier accounts portrayed Carson as an American hero, but in scholarship of this period he became an arch-villain in the military campaigns against the Indians. In 1992, for example, a young professor at Colorado College was successful in demanding that a period photograph of Carson be removed from the ROTC office. In 1992, a tourist told a journalist at the Carson home in Taos, “I will not go into the home of that racist, genocidal killer.” In the 1970s, a Navajo at a trading post said, “No one here will talk about Kit Carson. He was a butcher.” In 1993, a symposium was organized to air various views on Carson, but the Navajo spokespeople refused to attend.
Over time, historical analysis of Carson shifted again. David Roberts writes, “Carson’s trajectory, over three and a half decades, from thoughtless killer of Apaches and Blackfeet to defender and champion of the Utes, marks him out as one of the few frontiersmen whose change of heart toward the Indians, born not of missionary theory but of first hand experience, can serve as an exemplar for the more enlightened policies that sporadically gained the day in the twentieth century.”
From Wikipedia: Kit Carson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit_Carson
*note: Discrepancies (particularly in dates and names) are left as printed from their original sources. Due to the lack of status among non-whites historically, records were not accurately kept.