Traditional Yakut knives are as symbolic of Siberia, as khomus, Siberian Tigers, fossilized Mammoth tusks or Yakut diamonds. Moreover, for many centuries, the knives have played a much larger role in the lives of the indigenous people of Siberia, than all the gems lying in the ground. The importance of this item to the Siberian people is captured in an old saying: "Knife - my third hand". Knife - an indispensable companion of almost any traditional craft. The biggest knife - "Hotohon" or "Batiya"as they are called in different parts of Siberia - has a blade length of over 170 mm. Such knives are rare, as are full-fledged old school fighting weapons of the Siberian natives and their domestic use is rather limited.