Re: history of knife sharpening
John, as you know, man's first blade was stone, flaked and shaped for use. As it dulled it was simply re-flaked to sharpen it. Then along came the bronze age, and man began to look for ways to sharpen these tools. And different kinds of stone were found to do the job. Man already knew this, as he had been sharpening sticks for thousands of years by rubbing them on rocks. Bows, and arrows were also shaped, polished, and hardened by this same method, along with the use of fire. When steal was invented we already knew how to sharpen it as a tool. And as man kind spread across the planet he began to find better, and better kinds of rock to get the edge he wanted. Although man kind didn't have a microscope to see the edge of his blade, he knew something was going on, and soon began to explore the use of softer materials, such as leather, and paste to get the sharpest edges possible. My dad was a barber, and I started to learn how to sharpen a straight razor when I was 13. Give me a decent piece of steel, and I can put an edge on it that you can shave with. I use the term blade because man had many different blades to do his work. Chisels, knives for all sorts of use, including battle, axes, and many other types of blades, and man usually liked them sharp!
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Last edited by carver; 10-31-2010 at 08:57 AM..