The knife is a cutting element known from the beginning of time. Surely it is one of the first tools used by man.
Man is defined by our ability to conceive, create and use tools. The knife, and even more specifically the edge, is the original tool used by humans to manipulate the world around us. Without the invention of the cutting edge, man would never have climbed to the top of the food chain, hunted animals, harvested and cultivated food or even built cities. It makes perfect sense why there is such a large cultural movement behind knives and why so many people absolutely love them. Sometimes it can be hard to explain to “non-knife” people why we enjoy and even obsess over our knives and edged tools. The answer is simple, it’s because we are fundamentally connected to knives on the most basic human level. The fascination and love of knives is hardwired into our DNA.
For 99.99% of human history not carrying a knife was a serious impediment. The knife gave us the ability to interact with the world around us. Knives are seen as a weapon first and a tool second. But it’s the other way around. A knife is a tool that can be used as a weapon. But isn’t that true of any tool? The knife is the most basic human tool. The connection between a person and their blade extends through human history and connects that person to every single one of their ancestors, just as it is for every other person who has walked this earth.
A little closer to our day, at the time of the Roman Empire, the Crusades and even during the First World War, swords were part of every good soldier.
In this the culinary field, research to improve its performance is constant. In fact, we are used to see on television great knives that do not have to ever get sharpen, and are able to cut a can or peel a delicate tomato, separating the skin from the pulp .
The industry has created knives with different types of edge to solve the cutting of different types of food. Each knife has its own utility in the kitchen and at the table.
Knives are between all elements of the kitchen, the most important.
Knives are considered the right hand of every chef, as the brush for the painter or the hammer for a carpenter. Proper use of the knife, its maintenance and the quality of it is essential for anyone concerned about preparing good quality food.
Knives are one of the oldest tools of history, with more than two million years of use. Man has changed its ways to meet our needs and demands. The knife has helped us to feed, to get shelter, to defend ourselves and ensure our survival.
The story of the knives is fraught with death, adventure, wealth, honor … and all thanks to those first people who saw the need to work with the provided tool that could cut what hands were not able to shatter.