Today is National Knife Day, a day that celebrates the ancient tool that has survived as long as man has—evolving from stone and obsidian to carbon and stainless steels.
Nearly everyone remembers receiving their first knife. It’s a rite of passage into responsibility and usefulness
I remember receiving my first knife, which was an old white Swiss Army knife. I looked for opportunities to use it around the house, like slicing tape or opening junk mail. The feel of opening up the tiny blade and using it purposefully was something I hadn’t felt until then. The tool felt like it fit perfectly in my hand.
But to many people, a knife isn’t just a tool, it’s a way of life. For the fisherman, the hunter, the doctor, the chef, the rescue worker, knives are an essential element. They save lives, aid in operations, skin the fish we eat, slice the rope we use. In nearly anything you do, you can’t avoid being the beneficiary of a blade.
Through the centuries, the knife has persevered, despite those who misuse the tool. Great companies like Victorinox, Cold Steel and Spyderco have created a custom of high quality knives for the everyday user.
Knife enthusiasts, collectors and casual users should take a moment today to pick up their knives—whether on their belt, in their pocket, around their neck or in a drawer—and admire the simplicity and purpose of a tool that man has used for millions of years and will likely use for millions more.