The folding knife is one of the most commonly used knives around the world, and here in North America as well. Outdoorsmen and collectors alike know the value of having a good custom folding knife at your side. This has gotten some people wondering where these knives originated and how they came to be so popular.
A Brief History
Many had thought that folding knives originated in the modern era. The folding knife actually dates back as far as 500 B.C. During Roman times there were also folding knives used, much of the time by farmers or other workers as a basic tool. These folding knives didn’t feature springs or locking mechanisms to lock them into place when folded out as many of these knives do today. These knives were cheap and affordable and that made them a favorite of farmers and herdsmen who needed cheap tools for use in their fields.
Folding knives, like most other things, have benefited from many advancements throughout the centuries that have led to them being much easier to use and handle. Many folding knives today feature the springs and locking mechanisms. These mechanisms lock the knife in its extended position so that it cannot be freely opened and closed without addressing the lock that is in place. There are also slip-joint knives, which do not feature a lock but hold the knife in its outward position tightly by a back spring that allows the blade to fold if pressure is applied to it.
Folding knives come with different specifications and features. Some feature one main blade that is primary. Others may feature a main blade accompanied by one or more other blades or even tools. Multi-tool knives are aptly named, and famous for their extensive array of tools and features that are available for use. Trapper knives feature two blades, hinged at the same size. These knives come in various sizes, like many of the other folding knives.
Custom Folding Knives
Custom folding knives are of a much better quality than traditional factory made knives. There are previous blog posts about the advantage of choosing a custom knife over a manufactured one, and that principle holds true here as well. Folding knives have come a long way over the years, with the best ones of today being made by artisans who put their life into perfecting them.