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.

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.
James Bowie history

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.
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Knife History: Is This Abraham Lincoln’s Pocketknife?

Before he was the 16th president of the U.S., Abraham Lincoln gifted a pocketknife to "a homelier man than myself." Decades later, the knife found its way to an Illinois collector.
The V&A Museum in London is in possession of a rare notation knife.

Medieval Diners Sang Grace From Notation Knives

They’re called notation knives, and they’re engraved with what amounts to sheet music for multi-voiced song. They’re indicative of the formal role music played in medieval dining, according to Flora Dennis, an art historian...

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