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Knife History

Knives have been around since the stone age and those still around today have benefited from tens of thousands of years of improvements.  Our knife history section has the low down on some of the most popular and interesting knives on the market.  Learn about the history of the Barlow Knife, the legend of Jim Bowie and the Bowie knife and more.

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  • History of the Buck Knife - The Buck Knife, a term mostly used to refer to folding locked-blade knives, is also the namesake of one of the most successful knife manufacturers in the country.  Learn more about the history of Buck Knives.
  • Jim Bowie and The Bowie Knife - There are few knives on the market as iconic as the Bowie knife. Known for its long, curvaceous blade, which can extend up to 12 inches, the Bowie knife is a favorite of such cinematic knife-wielding warriors as Crocodile Dundee and Rambo.
  • The History of the Barlow Knife - The Barlow knife was invented in England, but became popular in the United States in the 18th and 19th century.
  • History of the Tanto Knife - The Tanto knife, an iconic weapon with a rich Japanese history, has roots that date back as early as the 10th century. Here is a short history of the Tanto knife.
  • History of the Samurai Sword - The samurai sword has a rich history dating back from ancient Japan; it gained its popularity among waring clans in 12th century Japan and has traditionally been associated with an elite group of Japanese swordsman.
  • History of Throwing Knives - Knife throwing has been a popular sport dating back to prehistoric times. Here is a short history about the creation and evolution of throwing knives.
  • History of Spyderco Knives - Spyderco knives are among the most innovative and unique knives on the market. Learn how the company started out and developed into what you see today.