titleTopping knife; Alberta Sugar Beet, Lethbridge, Miskulin Farm






descriptionThe topping knife consists of a flat, elongated blade with dull edges. The blade is of brown-reddish in colour as a result from corrosion. At the top are two nails, which are drilled within the surface. Furthermore, a small and thin tail protrudes from the top blade, which tapers to a rounded tip. The handle is wrapped with a black fabric which is torn in the middle, exposing the wooden material underneath.


history of use


Roy and Lillie Yano kept a topping knife (used to cut the tops off the sugar beets) as a reminder of their hard lives in Alberta where they laboured for ten years, from dawn until dusk, earning only $900 annually between them.


part ofYano Family collection




Nikkei National Museum