1) An alternative spelling of 'knave', a carpenter's tool, although it remains uncertain which is the correct form.
1471 j wodax, ij brode axis, j brysse, j naffe, a wombyll, Harome.
2) The hub of a wheel, that part into which the end of the axle-tree is inserted.
1581 7 elme naves, Anston
1664 9 pair of waine naves, Elmswell. A variety of alternative spellings has been noted: 1588 certen wayne nathes and carte nathes, Dalton
1643 a gauge [sic] of felkes and naphes in the barne, Pudsey
1648 6 axletrees two paire of naffes a gange of felkes two gange of speaks, Sharlston.