Language: Ainu
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.



Ainu Makiri knivesThree makiri

Three makiri.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2022.


On Ainu wood carving

Here follows an interesting excerpt from Arnold Henry Savage Landor, who lived among the Ainu in 1893:

Ainu wood carving

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

Arnold Henry Savage Landor, 1865-1924.


Glossary of terms

Makiri overview





1 Knife blade     makiri-ibe / ibehe
2 Knife handle     makiri-nip
3 Knife sheath     makiri-saya
4 Back of knife     mekkashike
5 Edge     notak
6 Point of knife     kanetuhu / etuhu

Further reading

Main glossary article: Makiri
Article: Knives and swords of the Ainu

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