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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.

Viking knives

Knives the Vikings Used: The Seax

Deeply rooted in Scandinavian history, the seax, aka "scramasax" or "sax," was the blade shape of choice for the much feared and revered Vikings.
James Bowie knife

(April Fools’ Day) Bowie Knife From 1827 Sandbar Fight Found

The original knife used by James Bowie at the Sandbar Fight of 1827 has been located. The truth about the knife is shocking the world of knives.
Are ballistic knives illegal

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.
World's longest knife throw

Heroic Cherokee Knife Thrower vs. Nazi: The Nazi Loses

George E. “Skeeter” Vaughan (Grey Otter) holds the distinction of making the most fantastic knife throw in recorded history. It happened at a pivotal time in history: World War II.
Davy Crockett picture

The Sea of Mud Knife: James Bowie’s Knife Found? Pt. 3

Did Davy Crockett purchase the Sea of Mud knife, a bowie knife with hotly debated provenance, on his way to the Alamo? The two legends may have crossed paths, according to records from the 1830s.

The Sea of Mud Knife: James Bowie’s Knife Found? Pt. 2

In part two of this series about the "Sea of Mud Knife," a knife that may have belonged to Jim Bowie, historian James Batson examines where this intriguing knife could have originated.
Abraham Lincoln knife

Abraham Lincoln’s $100,000 Pocketknife

How much is a pocketknife owned by Abraham Lincoln worth? Around $100,000, according to this example.
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