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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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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This is the Most Illegal Knife in America

The most banned knife in the United States remains the ballistic knife. Here's a look at what ballistic knives are and how they became banned.
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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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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.