History of the mountain knives and poniards
The mountain knives and poniards, although both were born with an exclusively utilitarian purpose, gradually, were treated with an aesthetic concern and became artistic objects, as well as instrumental items. The knife makers create great pieces - based on their size and quality- with the specific function of being admired; their high technical, material and aesthetic value leads us to consider them as works of art. This completes a very interesting cycle: a production that was initially for an instrumental purpose has evolved into purely artistic.
The poniard is a weapon composed of a handle and a double-edged blade that ends in a sharp point; it has crossguard or quillon and the tang is the natural extension of the axis of symmetry that divides the blade into two equal parts.
The mountain knife has an asymmetrical blade with a sharp edge and the other forming a spine, sometimes with its lower third half sharp. It is, therefore, a suitable instrument for hunting and for the slaughtering and later cutting of the cattle that allows to prick and to cut with effectiveness.