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Klingon knife, 2368

Klingon knife used in the Hegh'bat ceremony

Alien knife, A Man Alone

An alien knife

Cook's Club knife

A Cook's Club knife used by Joseph Sisko in his restaurant

For the Iotian gangster, please see Cirl the Knife.

A knife is a sharp-edged hand tool typically used for cutting. A minimal knife is a blade and a handle or some other method of gripping it. On Earth, knives have been used as tools and weapons since the Stone Age.

The first Earth knives were made of stone, chipped or ground to an edge, sometimes with a handle. Advances in technology led to blades made of bronze, iron, steel, and other exotic materials. Many cultures, such as the Klingons, had special knives for significant purposes such as eating, ceremonial practices, and assassinations.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard once specified, in 2364, that he spelled "knife" with an "n". (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

In 2152, on a rescue mission to prevent Captain Jonathan Archer and Lieutenant Malcolm Reed from being hanged, Commander Charles Tucker III used a knife to cut the nooses from around their necks. (ENT: "The Communicator")

In the final draft script of "The Communicator", this cutting tool was referred to as "a Starfleet knife."

An alien knife was used to murder Ibudan during his holodeck program Lauriento massage holoprogram 101A. (DS9: "A Man Alone")

The Rakhari Croden told Constable Odo that he was shocked when the security officers one night came into his home and murdered his wives. He had no weapon except a short, slaughter knife that he used to cut the necks of fowl and birds he prepared for supper. It made the same sound when he cut the gullets of the security officers. (DS9: "Vortex")

Joseph Sisko used a Cook's Club knife in the kitchen of his restaurant, Sisko's Creole Kitchen, in 2372. (DS9: "Homefront")

Captain Kathryn Janeway retrieved a knife from a weapons locker aboard the USS Voyager in 2373. (VOY: "Macrocosm")

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