History’s sharp edge

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David Bailey, curator of history for the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, holds a triangular iron knife blade found in November in the Kannah Creek area. He says the blade, which came from a folding knife, probably dates to the 16th or 17th century.


A sharper edge to the history of Kannah Creek has emerged with the discovery of a blade believed to have been carried by a footsoldier or commoner during Spanish colonial expeditions into western Colorado.
The blade, called a “navaha,” or razor, was popular for hand-to-hand combat for a few reasons, said David Bailey, curator of history for the Museum of Western Colorado and the director of the Western Investigations Team, which turned up the blade last month.

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