A knife (plural knives; possibly from Old Norse knifr ("blade")) is a tool with a cutting edge or blade attached to a handle. Mankind's first tool, knives were used at least two-and-a-half million years ago, as evidenced by the Oldowan tools. Originally made of rock, bone, flint, and obsidian, over the centuries, in step with improvements in metallurgy or manufacture, knife blades have been made from bronze, copper, iron, steel, ceramics, and titanium. Most modern knives have either fixed or folding blades; blade patterns and styles vary by maker and country of origin.
Knives can serve various purposes. Hunters use a hunting knife, soldiers use the combat knife, scouts, campers, and hikers carry a pocket knife; there are kitchen knives for preparing foods (the chef's knife, the paring knife, bread knife, cleaver), table knives (butter knives and steak knives), weapons (daggers or switchblades), knives for throwing or juggling, and knives for religious ceremony or display (the kirpan).

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  1. Santoku and Nikiri Knives

    Santoku and Nikiri Knives

    Santoku and Nikiri Knives
  2. Santoku Knife

    Santoku Knife

    Santoku Knife
  3. Nikiri Knife with Palm Plate

    Nikiri Knife with Palm Plate

    Nikiri Knife with Palm Plate
  4. marchdesign

    Type of knife to cut avocados safely?

    Hi all, Thanks for answering my question on avocado tools two weeks ago. I came to learn that there are no tools better to cut avocados than using a sharp knife. Some suggested using a veg knife, some suggested using a long knife. To avoid injury, what is your knife of choice to safely...
  5. flyinglentris

    Sharpening, Oil or Wet Stone for Kitchen Knives?

    Would you use a wet stone to sharpen your kitchen knives? I have a nice wet stone that I used for my hunting and diving knives, but thus far, would not think of sharpening my kitchen knives with it. Unfortunately, with my disabilities, I no longer go hunting or diving. But I do have some...
  6. Imarku Cleaver

    Imarku Cleaver

    Imarku Cleaver
  7. Chicago Cutlery Knives

    Chicago Cutlery Knives

    Chicago Cutlery Knives
  8. Chicago Cutlery Set

    Chicago Cutlery Set

    Chicago Cutlery Set
  9. GadgetGuy

    Who has a Boning Knife?

    There has been a lot of talk about knives recently. Haven't heard much talk about boning knives. I decided that i'd like to have one, so I've been looking around for one & found THIS one at Amazon. As you can see, it is NSF-certified, is flexible, & it looks like just the one that I might need...
  10. PabloLerntKochen

    General knife talk

    I've searched for a general thread just for knives and couldn't find one, so I opened one for nice conversations and exchange of informations about knives. Here is my small collection Thomas bread knife~ 40€, Tramontina bread knife?, Wüsthof chef knife ~65€, very cheap chef-knife knife~5€...
  11. rascal

    Do you cut yourself prepping food?

    I havnt cut myself in three or four years but using my new Smeg knife I cut myself twice within 15 mins. First the knife was flat on the board, I thought blade was facing away from me, it wasn't, small nick. Then a potatoe had a bad piece in the middle. Knife skipped, cut again. I never do...
  12. rascal

    Free knife sets

    So where we buy our food is the new world supermarkets, franchised and a but more expensive but better quality. Every now and then they do promotions, we get a stamp for every $50 spent. You can spend a lot to her free knives and a block for them. Wife redeemed enough for this knife. Smeg so I...
  13. rascal

    I need steak knives

    We went out for dinner last night, we had fillet steaks, and the knives they gave us cut through like butter. It made me think my ones aren't good enough. Maybe they've got blunt over the years and I hadn't noticed. Wife spent an hour looking on line, I think I want something real good. Bone...
  14. Elawin

    Electric knives

    I was wondering earlier today whether to invest in an electric knife as I find some things a bit hard to slice or cut. Do you use one? Is it as useful as it sounds, and is there any particular one you would recommend?
  15. GadgetGuy

    Who has an Electric Knife?

    This is my second one over the first one. it lasted a long, long time, so I just went on & bought another one.:wink:
  16. detroitdad


    My son did his research and got me this knife for Christmas. He said it fit his budget. I dont know a lot about knives. This one seems pretty good. Show me what you got?
  17. Z

    Knives for sale

    I'm about to have a tidy - out. and I'm thinking of selling some almost new chef's knives. Am I allowed to do that on this forum?
  18. Dados1950

    Kitchen Tip-Utensils & Knives For The Kitchen

    Some tips on getting the right utensils and knives to prepare your food. You want to have good set of basic tools such as a spatula, ladle, tongs, flippers and assorted wood and rubber spoons. The spatula helps scrape mixing bowls when baking or saucepans from the stove. Ladles help serve the...
  19. ChowDownBob

    Kid-safe chopping tools? Maybe with plastic blades or something?

    Been reading some of the threads in here and there are some great and ingenious tools around, but I wondered if anyone knows of some kid-safe chopping tools? Maybe with plastic blades that can chop soft vegetables or fruits, but won't go through skin and bone if the little darlings aren't...
  20. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Just treated myself to this knife

    As above. A Messermeister Olive Elite 18cm Santoku Knife. Apparently a knife for life. It's a very nice knife to handle and feels great.
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