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The History of Kitchen Knives
Despite it's traditional place in our culture, kitchen knife are a relatively recent innovation.
Explore the main historical points in the evolution of this iconic tool.
The Stone Age lasted roughly 3.4 million years & ended by the invention of metalworking between 8700 BCE and 2000 BCE.
Where it all started
The first evolution of knife as a tool is in the Stone Age. Prehistoric humans would roughly sharpen stones to form a primitve cutting age. These stone knives where used for hunt and for cutting of the meat.
Middle Ages lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery.
The Utility Knife
It isn's common until the 8-9th Century that we encounter a utility knives for food preparation. Arguably, the 'Utility Knife' wasn't solely for food preparation, however it was no longer a tool for fighting.
The modern kitchen knife first appears in the 17th Century France despite the efforts of King Louis XIV to bann pointed knives. Its fast growing popularity around the world was due to the rise of naval travel.
Chef 's Knife
The format of a knife that we call chef's knife first appears in the 17th Century in Europe and becomes spread around the world over the next centuries. The famous Japanese knife-making culture expands in the 19th Century due to a ban of sword-making, but brings evolution and material progress cultivated in the craft of Katana smithing over hundreds of years. The mutual influences of Western and Japanese knifemaking give us the diverse knife culture we enjoy today.