History of knives

Knives as tools

Knives have always been an extremely useful tool. They are probably one of the few tools we use daily that our distant ancestors used. The Bronze Age brought about the first significant change in knives, but because the softer texture didn’t make the strongest knives, many still preferred the “older” stone tool. Stone knives and blades remained the material of choice until bronze was replaced by iron, significantly stronger than bronze.

First improvements

Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations are credited with the first pocket knives and ivory blades. It is believed that this was due to the popularity of sliced ​​fruits – ivory blades prevented the transfer of the taste of rust (or metal).

Making knives

Between 1095 and 1272, there were several Crusades launched by the Europeans. During this time, they traveled to all corners of the earth, fighting for soil and more. Like so many other conflicts, this created an opportunity. France started producing cutlery with knives in different sizes and shapes and various materials. France had a corner on the cutlery market (including knives) until about 1789, and even today, you can still find several cutlery manufacturers in France.

the pocket knife

Today’s pocket knife started sometime in the 15th century – again out of necessity. Remember that knives were the most important tools in those days. As we know them now, there was no cutlery – people ate their meals with the blades of their knives. This is when it is believed that multi-bladed knives made their first appearance and most likely resulted in more folding knives.

Material improvements

While most early knives were made of carbon steel (or iron), today’s blades are surgical steel, carbon steel, or martensitic stainless steel. What hasn’t changed much is the overall design of knives.

Almost all collectible knives and Scout knives are made of carbon steel. The reason behind this is that while this blade can oxidize easily, it is less expensive to produce, very easy to sharpen, and, once pointed, it has a great edge.

Handy knives

It seems you can find a knife for every purpose these days, including fighting, multi-purpose knives, hunting knives, and more. This development came about in the 1800s. The material was readily available, and more people were adept at making knives. Whether you’re looking for a simple-purpose knife or a collector’s pocket knife, you’ll be able to find them without any problem today. Whether your taste is for simple handles or intricately designed handles, there is a knife available to meet your basic needs or your desire to collect a piece that shows exquisite craftsmanship.


Today, pocket knives are available for a fraction of the cost of what they used to be. You’ll find people from early teens to older adults, men, and women who carry pocket knives. Due to impeccable records beginning around 1900, collectors have an easier time appreciating and dating previously made knives, especially those rare handmade knives. Blades are often used for wedding gifts, promotional items, and more.

Rajkumar Jonnala is a freelance writer who writes about using promotional knives as your promotional products. Click here to learn more about the history of knives.