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.

World War II knives

How World War II Forged the Custom Knife Industry

The greats of custom knifemaking's formative years got their start during World War II. Here's a look.
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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.
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A Look Back At BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame® History

Here's a look back a few of the many memorable moments during BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame® inductions at the annual BLADE Show.
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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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“He Made ’em Famous” – A Tribute to Ken Warner

Ken Warner, the visionary behind and original editor of the acclaimed KNIVES annual book series, recently passed away. In tribute, BLADE is featuring this article from the August 2009 magazine issue about this titan of knives.
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A Quick History of the Tomahawk in the United States

Here's how the tomahawk cemented itself into the military history of the United States.

4 Surprising Superstitions About Knives

Do you believe in any of these knife superstitions? You may want to keep a penny on hand just in case.
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