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.

Roman short sword museum

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.
What is a lockback knife

Lockback Folders Are 500 Years Old?

Modern lockbacks got their start in the 1960s, but the design goes back centuries.
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.
Racehorse

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.
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