Have you ever stopped to consider what life
would be like if we had no knives?
Even a casual glance at the history of man
reveals that the invention and perfection of the knife,
which is in effect to say all cutting tools, freed man from
endless toil, made possible his thousand and one uses of
natural resources, and thereby his evolution from savage to
Modern industry, which makes the things with
which we work and live, uses knives every hour of the day.
The individual workman would be helpless without cutting
tools. The housewife, without whom the home would have
little meaning, uses a knife on the average of 32 times a
It is not surprising that cutlery, which we
take for granted almost without second thought, is
Some 175,000 years ago the uncouth, hairy
Dawn Man made his knives and axes of stone. For perhaps
15,000 years he developed and improved his crude stone
Then he substituted flint for other coarser
stone and employed great skill in chipping, grinding, and
polishing this material into knives, axes, spear points, and
many other articles that made living easier and better.
Just when the art of cookery became common
practice is not dead y established, but evidence of cooking
fires has been found among the ruins of the Acheulian era,
roughly 75,000 years ago. The transition from raw to cooked
food set up a chain of events which advanced civilization. A
fire once started had to be kept burning, which meant the
establishment of more or less headquarters; the women were
assigned the task of keeping the fire- which no doubt gave
rise to the idea that woman's place is in the home, and
certainly to the beginning of community life.