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Legacy Products: How Pocket Knives Become an Extension of Yourself

By William Henry December 12, 2019
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The classic pocket knife can be an indispensable, stylish, and multi-functional tool for any person. As modern industrialization and urban landscapes have taken over, the need for these versatile blades has waned, but their significance remains. For utility buffs, a durable pocket knife is an essential component for daily living. Whether you are a hunter, fisherman, musician, or corporate CEO, a pocket knife tends to a human’s innate need for security, autonomy, control, and competence.

Early Iron Age Innovation

The oldest-known pocket knife first appeared between approximately 500-600 BC in Hallstatt, Austria, a wealthy Celtic salt mining village. The “jackknife’s” simple, but functional form consisted of a single iron blade and an antler bone handle. During the 1st Century, Roman Empire soldiers carried “friction folders,” which had no locks or springs, but instead used friction to remain closed. The Romans also created one of the first multi-functional Swiss Army-style knives.

It wasn’t until the 1600s that the handy pocket knife became widely available and affordable for a majority of people. The city of Sheffield in England developed a legendary metalwork industry throughout the Middle Ages to create pocket knives for the common farmer or laborer. In 1660, the slip joint knife was created featuring an innovative back spring to keep them open. Variations of the slip-joint knife include the peanut, sodbuster, camper, canoe, sunfish, and whittler knife.

Since then, multiple variations on the pocket knife’s shape and material have elevated knifemaking into an art form. During the 18th and 19th centuries, enduring knives like the butterfly knife, switchblade, and Swiss Army knife were created. Today’s resilient luxury pocket knives harken back to early Iron Age designs with artisan-crafted metal blades and handles or an assortment of other durable and organic materials.

Intuitive and Functional

Like seeing light for the first time, owning a pocket knife opens up a world of possibilities and fosters a sense of revival. From the razor-sharp blade to the ergonomic handle, pocket knives are built to be an extension of oneself. A tool that has earned its reputation as a weapon, is slowly returning to its workman roots. Whether they are simple utility or ornate folders, pocket knives can offer enormous use with everyday tasks and rare occasions that require preparation and skilled use.

Folders combine utility and craftsmanship to provide the modern adventurer with an impressive range of abilities. As an everyday carry, pocket knife owners learn soon just how many possible uses there are for the compact and sleek pocket knife. Here are just a few ways a pocket knife can be used.

  • Complement your style with an ornate folder that offers maximum flexibility and utility.
  • Open your personal or business packages and letters with a sleek and practical pocket knife. Quality pocket knives are able to easily cut through the cardboard to avoid getting tape residue on the blade.
  • For those that prefer simple down-home living, a pocket knife is great for slicing fruit from the comfort of your porch or under a giant tree while on a hike.
  • During dire times, a pocket knife can provide you with relief by removing splinters or thorns, as long as you sterilize your blade first.
  • Keep your favorite ensemble looking flawless by cutting loose threads with a sharp pocket knife.
  • Bring your pocket knife on your camping trips to cut rope and wood or open cans and bottles.
  • If you will be fishing on your outdoor adventure, a pocket knife helps you cut line to remove hooks.
  • A pocket knife gives you a sense of security and protection during dangerous situations.

Form and Aesthetics

Pocket knives have a seemingly endless amount of uses. They can quickly become a vital component of your daily life and style choices. Choosing the right knife requires you to reflect on your personal style and choose the one that best captures your essence. Besides their design and function, pocket knives must feel good and lightweight in your hand for daily carrying. A smooth, polished, and distinctive knife can instill confidence and pride into any person.

A blade and handle’s material can include a variety of hand-forged metal alloys and organic materials such as wood, bone, or gemstones. Beyond the accessible tactical military pocket or common Swiss Army knives exist a category of high-end pocket knives that provide more than just impeccable form and function, but a splash of artistry and blend of exotic and durable materials.

Legacy Masterpieces

Owning a pocket knife can be an investment and serve as a family heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation. In your lifetime, carrying a pocket knife can offer utility and style in a crafted work of art. Embrace the legacy of pocket knives carried by hunters, soldiers, farmers, miners, and other rugged individuals. As an extension of yourself, luxury and legacy pocket knives require long-term care and consideration to remain in pristine condition.

While pocket knives offer impressive utility and inventiveness, they don’t require a wild adventure to be useful. Their function extends beyond self-defense or other practical uses. Pocket knives can reflect your personal style. Embrace your sense of style and appreciation in craftsmanship with our pocket knives made from exotic and sustainably-sourced materials. Our pocket knives pay homage to an enduring tradition and push the limits of what a pocket knife can be.

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