Source: John Batchelor; An Ainu-English-Japanese dictionary. 1905.
Mekkashike is the Ainu word for the back of a knife, or sword. Also the ridge of a mountain or house.1
I wonder whether it is meant to describe all backs of knives and swords, or specifically the ridged spine seen on some larger blades.
Ridged spine on an Ainu dagger.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2022.
1. John Batchelor; An Ainu-English-Japanese dictionary (including a grammar of the Ainu language). Tokyo Methodist Publishing House, 1905.
Glossary of terms
|1||Knife blade||makiri-ibe / ibehe|
|4||Back of knife||mekkashike|
|6||Point of knife||kanetuhu / etuhu|
Main glossary article: Makiri
Glossary article: Kuttom-ushbe
Glossary article: Emushi
Article: Knives and swords of the Ainu