A knife (plural knives) is a tool with a cutting edge or blade, hand-held or otherwise,(Buy Hogue G-10 Knives-Buy Hogue G-Mascus Combat Knives) with most having a handle. Some types of knives are used as utensils, including knives used at the dining table (e.g., butter knives and steak knives) and knives used in the kitchen (e.g., paring knife, bread knife, cleaver). Many types of knives are used as tools, such as the combat knife carried by soldiers, the pocket knife carried by hikers and the hunting knife used by hunters. Knives are also used as a traditional or religious implement, such as the kirpan. Some types of knives are used as weapons, such as daggers or switchblades. Some types of knives are used as sports equipment (e.g., throwing knives). Knives are also used in agriculture, food harvesting etc.; the sickle, the scythe and even the combine harvester are knives.
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A combat knife is a fighting knife designed solely for military use and primarily intended for hand-to-hand or close combat fighting.
Since the end of trench warfare, most military combat knives have been secondarily designed for utility use (clearing foliage, chopping branches for cover, opening ammunition crates, etc.) in addition to their original role as close-quarter combat weapons, and may be referred to as “fighting-utility knives.” On the other hand, military knives that are intended primarily for use in a role other than combat are typically referred to by their primary role, such as “utility knife” or “survival knife“.
Daggers designed for military usage in close combat engagements have been carried by soldiers for thousands of years. The adoption of combat daggers made of iron was a significant milestone in combat knife development, and such weapons were highly prized in the ancient armies of the Middle East. French and Italian military daggers of the 14th century were the first to introduce the acutely tapered, sharply pointed and double-edged blade as a response to improvements made in armor design and the need to exploit weaknesses in armor protection. The English and Scandinavians introduced a combat knife known as the “bollock dagger” into military service around 1350, while the French poignard and the Scottish dirk were daggers designed from the outset as military weapons.