Your knife is the most essential item when camping. It is one of man's most important tool and oldest as well. The first knife was made of flint with an edge form. Next, knives were made of copper, followed by those made of bronze and lately, knives made of iron or steel. In the Afar Region of Ethiopia, in the fine-grained sediment of a dry riverbed, lies the oldest knife artifact ever known, left by the earliest people dating 2.6 million years back. Knives have developed into the device it is today since its first formation from volcanic rocks. Knives were used for hunting, building shelters, providing and preparing food, and in general, survival. Knapping was a method they used in the old times in making sharp bladed devices. It is the shaping of the tool through the process of lithic reduction. A few of the oldest knives were made out of obsidian stone.
A knife functioned as a device for weaponry, consumption and hunting. In the 15th century, people started using knives for eating. They would carry their knives on their belt hidden in a scabbard because they were not allowed to carry firearms. A set of knives were made composed of a large hunting knife and two small paring knives. These were all stored in the same case. The use of knives as a hunting tool, diminished as they progressed more as an eating device besides the spoon and fork.
Knives were created out of wood, bone, stone, flint or shell up until 100 centuries have gone by. By this time, copper was found and was used as the main material in making knives. In at least 50 centuries ago, copper was replaced with steel. Nowadays, due to technology advancement, there are ceramic knives, and those made from carbon fiber or titanium.
The business for collecting knives has grown enormously, with collectors seeking to find the exceptional ones. And there are many specialized categories to choose from - hunting, military, camping, multi-purpose, sports, hunting and fishing or pocketknives. Joining auctions are a great way for finding the unusual and bizarre knife pieces.
To keep your knives especially the folding ones, in great working condition, clean it regularly from debris. Drop some oil from time to time to create that smooth feeling when pulling the knife from its case and store it separately in leather sheaths to prevent rust from settling in. Old guys would say, "Walks and Talks well". It means that you can smoothly pull your knife out without that feeling of getting stuck. Take care of your knife and keep it away from children. Never sharpen it with an electric grinding wheel and don't carry it in your pocket with coins as these will ruin the knife's handle and bolsters.
A friend of mine collects knives. His collection contains every sort you can imagine. However, the one that tops it all is the knife he customized with turquoise and coral. All the knives he collected are not only for display, he uses them too especially when he goes to camp. However, the turquoise and coral knife remains behind the glass.