The History of Pocket Knives
The History of Pocket Knives
The earliest known pocket knives were found at Hallstatt and dated back to
600 BC made with a bone handle and crude yet simple folding blade design. 1st
Century Romans are credited with creating the first folding pocket knife. They
made for easy carrying for soldiers and other explorers on their journeys and
conquests. They were easy to carry light weight and easy to conceal however, as
the use of sheathed knives became more popular, the use of pocket knives fell
somewhat into disfavor. The large fixed sheathed blade made for a more powerful
punch then its tiny predecessor the pocket knife. Many opted for this larger
weapon as there weapon of choice.
By the late 16th Century, pocket knives began to regain popularity. They were
especially popular in the American colonies farmers, lawyers, and men from all
walks of life started to carry them. The ultimate portable tool, the pocket
knife was a useful aid in various tasks, including eating on the go. Pocket
knives were also an essential tool for soldiers throughout American history. New
York and New Hampshire required their militias to carry pocket knives during the
American Revolution. Even George Washington carried a pocketknife. The U.S. Navy
began issuing pocket knives to sailors during the Civil War and during WWII, the
pocket knife was standard issue for American GIs. Useful for so many things this
pocket knife was no longer just a fixed blade they had now added so many useful
tools into this compact design. Most GIís knives had a can opener, awl, bottle
opener, screw driver and of course a knife blade. The pocket knife was now
becoming an essential tool and not just knife.
There are many types of pocket knives out there today but the most famous of
these is perhaps the Swiss Army knife. This multipurpose knife is a brand of
pocket knife or multi tool created in Switzerland in 1891 but was originally
called the Swiss Officers Knife and only became known as the Swiss Army Knife
after American soldiers during WWII were unable to pronounce the German name.
These knives can contain anything and everything you can imagine all affixed
inside a handle with a pivoting mechanism. Most standard knives contain the main
blade, a smaller blade, a screw driver, can opener, bottle opener, tweezers, and
tooth pick. The more advanced blades can carry up to 26 items and can even
include a USB flash drive, LED light, and digital clock.
Although these pocket knives or multi-tools are readily available many men
still opt to carry a simple version like the jack knife which has a simple
hinged blade and nothing more or a pen knife. The pen knife was originally
designed to cut or sharpen pen quills for writing. The pen knife is good if you
want more than one type of blade.
Men have been carrying pocket knives for centuries, but with increased
security at the airport and other buildings, knives have been disappearing from
menís pockets. Yet these minor obstacles are not sufficient reason to give up
carrying a knife completely. The carrying of a pocket knife is a useful
tradition that should be continued as long as you follow the proper laws.