Home Knife History

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.

Trench Knife: The WW1 Relic Still Endures

With more than a century of history, the tench knife soldiers on as a historical collectible and a modern outdoor knife.
Viking knives

The Viking Seax And Where To Get One

Deeply rooted in Scandinavian history, the seax, aka "scramasax" or "sax," was the blade shape of choice for the much feared and revered Vikings.

A Labor of Love: Lorenzi Foundation And Museum

The Lorenzi Foundation and Museum showcases one of the finest collections of rare and historical knives in the world.
Bill Ruple (left) and Aldo and Edda Lorenzi are the 2022 BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame inductees.

Lorenzis, Ruple Join Cutlery Hall Of Fame

The BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame announces three most-deserving inductees for 2022: Mr. and Mrs. Aldo and Edda Lorenzi and Bill Ruple.
This is the chute knife stamped “AP-003” that Bob Loveless and Steve Johnson made for Harry Archer in the early 1970s. “AP” stands for Archer Prototype.

Chute Knife: Full-Spectrum Warrior

A fine example of a tool and weapon of war, the chute knife more than rose to fulfill the roles for which it was intended.
The knives in Keith Kaiser’s 9/11 memorial project, from top: a skeletonized folder by Pat and Wes Crawford; an Allen Elishewitz folder; a Gil Hibben dagger with scrimshaw handle; a Bob Dozier damascus folder; a Bob Terzuola CQB fixed blade; a damascus folder by Mel Pardue; and a Jerry Fisk damascus Sendero.

9-11 Knives: Custom Memorials To The Tragic Day

The atrocity that shocked the world continues to transform it. Here is a look at some of the memorials 9-11 spawned from that faithful day.

Japanese War Swords Part I

By Leon Kapp Japanese swords are iconic as ever It was over seven long decades ago on Sept. 2, 1945, that the Japanese signed the agreement formalizing their surrender, for all intents and purposes officially marking...
Advertisement

Must Read Articles

Read this before you make a knife

Knifemaking 101 – Read This Before You Make a Knife

  by Wayne Goddard My experience has taught me that there's nothing like digging in and getting started. I've often said the hardest part of the...
how to forge damascus steel

How to Forge Damascus

Advertisement
Advertisement