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.

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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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.
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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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Photos: Ancient Roman Cavalry Sword Still Cuts

Believe it. This 2,100-year-old Roman short sword still sports a sharpened edge. See photos and learn more about this incredible piece of history.
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...

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.

That Time that BLADE Magazine was Traded for a Horse

It happened in the 1970s, which probably explains a lot. BLADE magazine was indeed traded in a deal that involved a racehorse, and knife history would never be the same.