National Knife Day is celebrated on August 24 and is dedicated to the versatile and essential tool that has been an integral part of human history. The invention of knives has played a crucial role in our evolution, from the Stone Age when knives were made of stone, to the Iron Age where stronger and sharper knives made of iron were developed, and now to the present day where knives are made of steel and other advanced materials.
The origin of National Knife Day is unknown, but it has been celebrated since 2011. The date of August 24 may be associated with a letter written by Rezin Bowie in 1938, in which he claims to be the inventor of the famous Bowie knife.
- The Swiss Army Knife, a multi-functional folding tool, was invented in Switzerland in the 19th century. However, similar tools existed in ancient times, such as a folding knife from Roman times that included a spoon and a fork in addition to a blade.
- The true inventor of the Bowie knife remains a mystery, with multiple contenders such as Rezin Bowie, Jesse Clift, and James W. Black.
How to take part
Celebrate National Knife Day by inspecting and sharpening all of your knives. Consider purchasing a new set of kitchen knives to improve your cooking skills. Share information about the holiday on social media using the hashtag #NationalKnifeDay.
When is National Knife Day celebrated in 2023?
National Knife Day is observed on August 24 each year.