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Knife History

The history of knives and other edged instruments is tied to the history of people in general. As humankind’s oldest tool, unraveling knife history can lead to even more surprising and enriching information to better understand the world.

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Heroic Cherokee Knife Thrower vs. Nazi: The Nazi Loses

George E. “Skeeter” Vaughan (Grey Otter) holds the distinction of making the most fantastic knife throw in recorded history. It happened at a pivotal time in history: World War II.
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Photos: Ancient Roman Cavalry Sword Still Cuts

Believe it. This 2,100-year-old Roman short sword still sports a sharpened edge. See photos and learn more about this incredible piece of history.
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Video: The Truth About Edwin Forrest’s “Gift” Knife from Jim Bowie

In this exclusive video, Jim Batson reveals what he discovered about the controversial Edwin Forrest bowie knife, claimed to be gifted to the 19th Century actor by James Bowie himself.

Learn the History of KA-BAR Knives with Video Series

Each Tuesday in April, KA-BAR will release a video documenting a piece of its storied 120-year history. What, you thought it started with the USMC knife in the '40s? You'd be wrong.
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The Sea of Mud Knife: James Bowie’s Knife Found? Pt. 1

A bowie knife recovered from a "sea of mud" 160 years after the Battle of the Alamo has some wondering whether Jim Bowie's personal blade has finally been found.
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How George Washington’s Penknife Saved the United States of America

A penknife gifted to George Washington at age 15 may have meant the difference between the general resigning at Valley Forge and continuing to fight the British.
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Knife History: Abraham Lincoln’s Fruit Knife

A silver folding fruit knife owned by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln? It seems too good to be true.