A knife (plural knives) is a cutting tool with an exposed cutting edge or blade, hand-held or otherwise, with or without a handle. Knife-like tools were used at least two-and-a-half million years ago, as evidenced by the Oldowan tools. Originally made of rock, flint, and obsidian, knives have evolved in construction as technology has, with blades being made from bronze, copper, iron, steel, ceramics, and titanium. Many cultures have their unique version of the knife. Due to its role as humankind's first tool, certain cultures have attached spiritual and religious significance to the knife.
Most modern-day knives follow either a fixed-blade or a folding construction style, with blade patterns and styles as varied as their makers and countries of origin.
Famous quotes containing the word knife:
“Most suicides are committed with a knife and fork.”
—Swedish proverb, trans. by Verne Moberg.
“They warsled up, they warsled down,
Till Sir John fell to the ground,
And there was a knife in Sir Willies pouch,
Gied him a deadlie wound.”
—Unknown. The Twa Brothers (l. 58)
“When she, and though some said she played
I said that she had danced hearts truth,
Drew a knife to strike him dead,
I could but leave him to his fate;
For, no matter what is said,
They had all that had their hate....”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)