National Knife Day - August 24
Wed, Aug 24, 2022

National Knife Day

National Knife Day is celebrated on August 24 and is dedicated to the simplest, most convenient and versatile tool invented by mankind. We use at least one type of this useful tool almost constantly: when we cook and eat food, go fishing and hunting, we make different products with our own hands. Of course it’s a knife!


National Knife Day allows us to remember the history of this instrument. The knives of our ancestors in the Stone Age were made of stone. Then came the bones. They were not yet divided into handle and blade. With the advent of the Iron Age, stronger, more durable and sharper knives appeared. Handles were already made for them – wooden, bone, metal. For expensive options, rare materials were used – tortoise shell, mother-of-pearl, precious stones, gold, silver.

Iron products have been replaced by steel – and today most knives are made from carbon steel. But the evolution of knives was unstoppable! There were also completely new models – from cobalt and titanium alloys, bronze, ceramics.

It is not known who and when established National Knife Day, but it has been celebrated since 2011. The holiday date of August 24 is associated with a letter from Rezin Bowie written in 1938 regarding the famous Bowie knife. In this letter, Rezin claimed that he was the inventor of this knife.

Interesting facts

Did you know that:

  1. The Swiss folding multi-tool knife was invented in Switzerland in the 19th century. But its analogues existed earlier. In one of the British museums there is a folding knife that belonged to an ancient Roman. In addition to the blade, it has 5 more items, including a spoon and a fork!
  2. The real name of the inventor of the Bowie knife is unknown – it could be Rezin Bowie, and Jesse Clift, and James W. Black, there are other contenders. Explore this twisted story and form your own opinion!

How to celebrate

Celebrate National Knife Day by checking and sharpening all of your homemade knives for better use. Buy a set of kitchen knives you like – this will improve your culinary skill. Tell your friends on social media about the holiday using the #NationalKnifeDay hashtag.

When is National Knife Day celebrated in 2022?

National Knife Day is observed on August 24 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday August 24 2022
Thursday August 24 2023
Saturday August 24 2024
Sunday August 24 2025
Monday August 24 2026