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.

Abraham Lincoln knives

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...