Folding knife . A folding knife is a knife-like tool but in which the blade protrudes from the handle when closed. Therefore, since the edge is not completely protected by the handle, the use of a sheath is required to carry it.
Folding knife with its sheath
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- 1 Definition
- 2 History
- 3 Created to improve men’s lives
- 4 Popularity as a result of the restrictions on the use of major bladed weapons in Spain
- 5 Originally they were only utensils for work
- 6 Curiosity
- 7 Sources
In some Latin American countries the same utensil is called a folding knife or razor; however, in Spain this name is reserved for the case of knives in which the blade protrudes from the handle when closed. Consequently, in a closed folding knife the edge is not completely protected by the handle and the use of a sheath is required to carry it.
The origin of this type of knife dates back to ancient times, up to the time of the Roman Empire, when people saw man from the point of view of their biology and physiology and said that man, by nature, was not destined to be at war. His appearance and characteristics for war were not functional, since man has nothing to attack with: he has no claws, he does not have large teeth like a tiger (for example), he does not know how to growl; legs are necessary for walking, not for kicking, etc.
Created to improve men’s lives
In view of this there is a version of the fact that if the constitution of the human body was not created for war in general, then man had to start looking for a way to convert or do something in order to defend himself and attack, paying attention to the world around them and observing those animals that exist with physical characteristics (such as predators) that allowed them to attack, the idea of folding knives and pocket knives arose.
Natural folding knives: the claws of cats and other predators
The way the folding knife and also the razor (examples of bladed weapons) looks was originally a prototype, copied from the claws of an animal. After examining them, one can clearly see that its handle was originally an animal’s horn and the blade is an imitation of an animal claw, the combination of these two components gave unique and universal tools: the folding knife and the razor.
A person cannot fight with his hands: the human wrist is designed to grip, not to strike (the structure of the human hand confirms this). The tiger, for example, needs to hunt due to its nature, so it has claws, sharp fangs, etc., but with man everything is completely different.
Popularity as a result of the restrictions on the use of major bladed weapons in Spain
Roman razor reconstruction
While folding knives existed in Spain in pre-Roman times, it can be said that the oldest Spanish pocket knives found date back to the late 17th century, the increase in popularity of these weapons occurred during the introduction of greater restrictions on the use of swords under clothing and other weapons by people who did not belong to the Spanish nobility. These tools were the ideal solution for the common citizen since they allowed him to hide the blade, which in addition to being small and manageable, was much cheaper than a sword. From Spain it was exported to the rest of Europe very quickly, since they were very popular weapons.
Originally they were only utensils for work
The first folding knives and pocket knives were used by peasants as ordinary knives without the need to hide them under their clothes, at that time they were mainly used as knives for work and could easily be carried on the belt, either openly or hidden, one of The earliest most common versions of this type of knife was the penknife used by employees, cartoonists, and notaries at work