The Knife’s Evolution Through the Ages
The first tools used by humans were knives. The first real humans to inhabit the globe were the Neanderthals.
Raw materials: Flint was used by Neanderthals, which they found on the ground’s surface. Because of the physical characteristics of flint, they could cut it without breaking it. The flint is a very hard siliceous rock that is primarily found in nodules and is composed of chalcedony, quartz, and opal, which can vary in colour. It is a hard stone that breaks smoothly and has extremely fine grains. Because of this, it is simple to mould into precise instruments. However, it did not stop them from utilising additional elements like limestone, granite, quartzite, and obsidian.
It took some form of anticipation, vision, and mental tool building before cutting flint.
The goal was to create points and scrapers—which not everyone could—through a succession of precise knocks and a definitive shock. It appears that neanderthals did not use handles on their blades. But it’s possible that some knife models have it.
These blades may have been secured to bones or shielded by a leather strip, in fact. These pointed objects were used as weapons for defence or hunting. They also served as food cutters.
Since the beginning of time, people have used knives as tools, weapons, and cutting implements. Knives, on the other hand, have only recently been created expressly for table use. In the European Middle Ages, hosts did not provide their visitors cutlery. The majority of people wore belt-mounted sheaths for their own knives. These knives were little and had sharp points on the ends that people used to spear food into their mouths to consume.
Knives have been used as tools and weapons since the Paleolithic era. Flint was used to make the first knives. The first single-edged knife was created in the Bronze Age, 4000 years ago, and was symmetrical, double-edged, and made of metal. These knives would have been employed in carpentry, cooking, and hunting.
Man has created countless distinct knife types over the years, each serving a variety of functions. Keep in mind that every “knife” has the potential to cause severe or deadly damage! The “Surgical Knife” is the most amazing use of a knife created to actively preserve life. This marvelous creation is used for good by both human and veterinary surgeons.
However, the Laguiole knife’s (is a traditional Occitan pocketknife) history did not begin until much later.