Source: John Batchelor; An Ainu-English-Japanese dictionary. 1905.
Makiri-ibe is the Ainu word for the handle of a utility knife called makiri.1
They are typically carved from the same type of wood as the scabbard and are made as a single piece, so with no seem. The decorations usually consist of shallow carvings in the shape of fish scales or other stylized motifs.
1. John Batchelor; An Ainu-English-Japanese dictionary (including a grammar of the Ainu language). Tokyo Methodist Publishing House, 1905.
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On Ainu wood carving
Here follows an interesting excerpt from Arnold Henry Savage Landor, who lived among the Ainu in 1893:
Arnold Henry Savage Landor;
Alone with the hairy Ainu: or, 3800 miles on a pack saddle in Yezo and a cruise to the Kurile islands.
London, John Murray. 1893. Pages 218-223.
Arnold Henry Savage Landor, 1865-1924.
Glossary of terms
|1||Knife blade||makiri-ibe / ibehe|
|4||Back of knife||mekkashike|
|6||Point of knife||kanetuhu / etuhu|