This tool at Smith’s Tavern is a cane knife with a leather handle and a sword-like pummel. The blade is serrated on one edge and bevelled on the other with a curved hook at the end.
A cane knife is a large hand-wielded cutting tool similar to a machete. Its use is prevalent in the harvesting of sugarcane. A typical cane knife is characterized by a hardwood handle, a full tang, a deep blade and a hook at its tip used for picking up the cut cane. The thin blade facilitates cutting cane quickly as the harvester slashes the cane at an angle: a thin blade slices through better than a thick blade.