In this blog we are going to explore the history and uses of a pocket knife. We will discuss some different brands and what the big differences are. Keep in mind that there are thousands of different types out there today. As a result we could just about write a book on the subject. So we will just touch on just a few brands and one model of each. The oldest pocket knife or (jackknife) dates all the way back to 500-600 B.C. It was in Hallstatt Austria. It had a stone blade and a bone handle. The First Century Romans took the idea a bit further. The blade was known as a ( friction folder ). It didn’t have locks or springs. But used friction to open it and pressure from the hand or thumb to hold it closed. The Romans in the year 200 B.C. created there version of the Swiss Army Knife. It had a spoon, a blade, a spatula, a spike, a fork, and a pick. It was most likely used by a wealthy traveler.in the year 800 B.C. many Vikings created their own version of the folding knife. Many were also made using friction. But there were also many created with latch and clasp mechanism.
In the year 1600 the knife of choice was what was known as the pistol grip gully knife. It was mainly used for combat. From the years of 1650-1700 during the Industrial Revolution. The Peasant knife or ( Penny Knife) was introduced. It was used by farmers and laborers through-out England. It was very affordable and widely distributed. In the year 1660 the slip joint knife was created. It featured a back spring to keep the blade locked open and became the basis for the majority of the knives we use today.
Buck Folding Pocket Knife
This company has been around since 1902. They make a knife of high quality steel at an affordable price. Buck knives will more than adequately do the job they are meant for and they all come with a lifetime warranty.
Boy Scout pocket Knife
If you were to buy a Boy Scout Knife. There are five factors used in choosing the right knife and they are.
- The ease of use for the person intended for. If it is difficult and clumsy and accident can occur.
- Price, it needs to be with in the owners budget. Just because it is expensive doesn’t mean it is better.
- Sanitation, it must be a knife that can be cleaned easy. Germs in the field are not good to have.
- Blade Length, no longer than 5″. Any longer than that and it becomes awkward.
- Good sturdy sheath to hold the knife when not in use.
Over all the scout will eventually determine what is best for them after more experience in the field is completed.
Gerber Folding Pocket Knife
The Gerber Folding knife dates back to 1910. their are 85 different models to date. The Gerber knife was first developed for the military and became the standard issue “K” bar knife for solders. Today the Gerber knife id used for Hunting, Fishing, and military Combat.
Kershaw Folding pocket Knife
The kershaw knife was created by a salesman named Pete Kershaw. In 1974 Pete Kershaw took his ideas for knives he created for Gerber and started his own business in Portland Oregon. However much of the manufacturing was done in Japan By the KAI Group.Kershaw started out by making sporting and hunting knives as well as high quality pocket knives. The company quickly took a turn and started designing kitchen knives at a zero tolerance for the blade design. In the companies early stages the won numerous awards for design and ingenuity at the Atlanta knife show. their designers created a Steven Seagal custom knife that featured stingray leather.
Swiss Army Pocket Knife
The Swiss army Knife actually came from the sleek design of the pen knife. The Swiss Army Knife is a multi function tool. It usually comes with two blades. It can be constructed of all types of devices. Whatever the user needs. Most of the time it will come with an awl, reamer, scissors,nail file, toothpick, tweezers, and a corkscrew. It has been around for a 100 yrs and today the can come with a ballpoint pen, an LED flashlight, and even a USB flash drive.
Winchester Pocket Knife
The Winchester or the (Gettlemans) folding knife has been around since the battle of Little Big Horn. The Knife was mostly a fixed blade when it was first introduced and later became a folding knife for use as a rugged outdoorsman type Knife.
You can see by reading this blog. their are so many types of pocket knives in use today. They have greatly evolved over the years for all types of needs and tasks. From hunting to fishing, cooking and survival. their is not one more superior to the other. Most of the types of pocket knives are based strictly on price, comfort,and need. I hope you have taken away from this blog a better understanding of pocket knives. Please leave any comments on this below. Thank you.