The pocket Knife

History of the Knife making trade

The history of the “navaja” or pocket knife

The history of the pocket knife as a folding knife is universal and ancient. Some remains were found in the trousseaus of the Iberian burials dates from the Second Iron Age and in the Roman excavations dates from the last years of the Empire.

However, the Spanish pocket knife as a tool, and its widespread use among the population, appears at the end of the sixteenth century and the beginning of the seventeenth century. It also becomes a weapon for defence because it can be easily hidden underneath the clothes.

Its shapes and dimensions are definitely set in the eighteenth century. Then, the demand and popularity of the pocket knives grow and the second half of this century is considered the golden age of the Spanish pocket knife.

In the nineteenth century, the situation changes, and the Spanish knife making enters a recession. This is due to the confluence of several factors that start at the end of the previous century, such as the temporary depletion of steels, the competition from foreign knife making or the existence of legal restrictions and prohibitions regarding the use and possession of cutting weapons. However, numerous Spanish pocket knives, wrought in those years, exhibit an extraordinary beauty and high quality due to the artisanal character of the production.

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