Handmade toys were the norm for farm children before the industrial revolution
Detail from a page in the "Youth's Companion," circa-1881. This annual premium list, which consumed much of the issue, featured all the toys and prizes a child could earn in exchange for selling magazine subscriptions.
To the joy of little boys, and the horror of their mothers, these knives were available as premiums for subscriptions to the Youth Companion in 1881. A knife was given for each new name, and all three had hand-forged blades.
A tool chest offered as a premium for new subscriptions to the Youth's Companion magazine. It was also available for purchase, the tool chest cost $5, plus shipping (express only).