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various types of implements for cutting, preparing, and eating food. In addition to different kinds of knives and the steels to sharpen them, the term usually encompasses forks and spoons.
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a cutting instrument in the shape of a plate with a sharp edge (blade). The oldest knives (thin flint plates with a cutting edge) became known in the Upper Paleolithic period.

With the introduction of metalworking, flint knives were gradually replaced by copper and bronze knives; however, they did not disappear entirely until iron knives came into widespread use with the beginning of the Iron Age. The use of iron knives fostered the development of several trades, particularly those associated with the working of wood and bone. Knives used in viniculture were also known in antiquity.

The technology of making knives from iron had attained a high level of development by the end of the first millennium A.D. Knives with laminated, self-honing blades appeared at that time (for example, in Rus’). The inner part of such blades was made of high-carbon steel, and the outer part was made of iron. The softer outer metal wore off with use; the harder steel plate protruded through the blade, and the knife remained sharp. By the early 12th century production of knives became widespread; the complex technology of making laminated blades was replaced by the simpler process of making knives with a welded steel blade. Concurrently, an increasing number of special types of knives were being produced. Later, with the introduction of industrial production processes, the term “knife” also came to mean a cutting member of tools and machines.

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What does it mean when you dream about a knife?

A knife can signify the need to cut to the quick, to lay open one’s innermost fears. It may indicate being “stabbed in the back” or being the victim or perpetrator of an act of violence. A knife in a dream is also often seen as a male sexual symbol, and is generally associated with aggression.

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(design engineering)
A sharp-edged blade for cutting.
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This tool does not have positive connotations. It may reflect the unrest and difficulty that you are experiencing. If you are self-mutilating, consider your actions and/or addictions. Take a hint from your unconscious and modify or discontinue your harmful thoughts or actions.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
They hadn't the knife; or if they had it, they've got it yet."
"You know that wonderful Indian knife that the twins have been making such a to-do about?
And during it the priestess stood with poised knife above Tarzan, her eyes fixed in horror upon the maniacal thing that was dealing out death and destruction to her votaries.
Trent stooped down and, picking up the knife, cut the bonds which had bound the boy.
are likely would Patrick She said: "It's ironic that Poundland recently decided to stop selling knives in 59 of their West Midland stores in the summer due to an increase in knife crime in that area, but they are willing to sell imitation knifes for children, which in the dark could cause worry and upset.
Then our reporter asked the store manager to comment on the issue of the store selling knifes and the possibility that these in turn could get into the hands of children.
The Dull Knifes witnessed great cultural change in such areas as the laws governing Indians, tribal vs.
Those who carry knifes for legitimate reasons have nothing to fear from this amnesty.
JERRY FISK'S PASSION FOR KNIFE making started when his sixth-grade class took a field trip to Washington (Hempstead County), where James Black created the original Bowie knife in the 1830s.
Beginning in mid-December, all Lamson's open-stock forged knives will be packaged in free KnifeSafes, the company's patented line of cases that hold knife blades within a protective shield of polypropylene.
The heart of the balance is a pulley wheel of roughly 30 cm radius, supported by a knife edge pivot at its geometric center.