National Knife Day

Knives have been around for a very long time. In fact, they have been around since prehistoric times and allowed early humans not only to hunt and butcher animals so they could be eaten but also to help craft other tools such as spears. Ever since then, people have relied on their knives to varying degrees.

We all need them to prepare and eat our food, and as they have always been, they are extremely useful for hunters butchering their game. And many people use knives in their day-to-day lives to cut twine, open boxes, or for other purposes.

That makes it an important tool that is deserving of its own holiday. Fortunately, someone else has thought that too, and that is why National Knife Day was invented. This is a holiday that is observed on August 24th of each year and celebrates the knives that we all rely on for our daily survival.

The History of National Knife Day

As we said previously, the knife was first invented during prehistoric times. According to scientists, knives are tools that go back 2.6 million years and predate Homo sapiens. How is that possible?

Well, the first knives were invented by other hominids that fashioned these tools out of stone such as flint and used them for survival. It was a tool that was not only used for hunting and fishing but also one that was used to build homes or for self-defense.

It would be a long time before these basic stone knives evolved into more efficient metal ones during the Copper and Bronze Ages. However, it wasn’t until the Iron Age that knives began to be better-crafted tools that could quickly be produced.

Iron was strong, easy to shape, and lasted a long time. It was the material that allowed knife production to really take off. Over the years, the knife has continued to become better and better. And this brings us to the current day.

National Knife Day was created sometime around 2011 to celebrate one of the most important tools to humankind since the dawn of time. We’re not sure who invented this holiday, but it’s clear why they invented it. The knife is as important to us today as it was to our prehistoric ancestors, and that’s why this holiday was created.

Observing National Knife Day

Learning more about knives, taking the time to sharpen your knives, or buying a new knife set are just some of the ways that people can observe this holiday. Knife lovers can also spread the word about this holiday around the Internet using the hashtag #NationalKnifeDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 24 Saturday
Next year (2025)
August 24 Sunday
Last year (2023)
August 24 Thursday
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