Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Folding Knifes

The earliest known pocketknives date to at least the early Iron Age. A pocketknife with a bone handle was found at the Hallstatt Culture type site in Austria, dating to around 600-500 BC. Iberian folding-blade knives made by indigenous artisans and craftsmen and dating to the pre-Roman era have been found in Spain.

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Roman pocketknife specimen, found in the Mediterranean area with a  modern reconstruction beside it,

The pistol grip Gully knife was a pocket knife that was most likely used for fighting. Examples have been found dating back to the 1600s. 

Between 1650 and 1700, the peasant knife (or “penny knife”) became an affordable and widely distributed option for the first time in history. Sheffield, England became the epicenter of production. The cost made them popular items with farmers and workers.

Somewhere around 1660 the Slipjoint knife was created. They featured a backspring that kept them in the open position. While not widely available at the time, the style would become the basis for many utility pocket knives made today. Once the Industrial Age hit, mass production became more feasible and
they grew in popularity.


With that bit of history it brings us to folding knifes by today's contemporary artists from the Contemporary Makers Blog

Dan Aubil 

Scott Summerville

Steve Auvenshine

Bob Harn

Brian Barker

Jeff Helms

Wayne Watson