Of all the animals that lived during the last Ice Age, the Woolly Mammoth is one of the best known. The material in this knife handle is actually bone of a Woolly Mammoth -- one that lived around 15,000 years ago.
Much is know about these animals because complete specimens are occasionally found in the melting ice fields of Siberia. From carcasses found frozen in Siberia, it was discovered that Mammoths ate a wide range of plant life. This would have included anything from grasses and mosses to small plants and brush. Mammoths stood about 12 feet tall and weighted from 11,000 to 15,000 pounds. Mammoths had large heads with a dome on the top that sloped downward toward the backside of the animal. As indicated by the name, the entire body was covered in hair.
Woolly Mammoth bones were used as construction material for dwellings by both Neanderthals and modern humans during the ice age. More than 70 such dwellings are known, mainly from the Russian Plain. Large bones were used as foundations for the huts, tusks for the entrances, and the roofs were probably skins held in place by bones or tusks. Some huts included fireplaces, which used bones as fuel, probably because wood was scarce. Woolly Mammoth bone were also made into various tools, furniture and musical instruments. Large bones, such as shoulder blades, were also used to cover dead human bodies during burial.
We have only a limited amount of the bone and little prospect of securing any more. Our specimen is neither valuable nor unique, nor is its ornamental use considered a loss to the scientific community -- there are plenty of Woolly Mammoth bones available for study. Please accept its use as handle material in the spirit that we offer it, as a tangible reminder of the mysterious animals that ruled the world during the last Ice Age.