Knives have always been among man’s most important tools. Their design as all-purpose tools has hardly changed since the Stone Age; only the material has: The spectrum ranges from the flint fishtail dagger to the blades of bronze and iron to the present-day high-tech product made of titanium.
Age: 2800 - 2200 v. Chr. Neolithic period
Neolithic period: In the Neolithic period, people began for the first time to actively shape and change their environment: sedentarisation was one of the essential prerequisites for civilisational progress. Farmers cleared forests for their settlements, fields and for keeping livestock. They built their farms out of wooden posts, wattle and daub and clay. Cattle, pigs, goats and sheep are recorded as domestic animals. The diet of the people was now enriched by cereals such as wheat and barley, which were cultivated on farmland.
Age: 2000 - 800 v. Chr. Bronze Age
Bronze Age: Metal extraction began as early as 6,000 years ago in the Middle East, but reached Europe not until much later. Bronze, a copper-tin alloy, first appeared in Western Europe around 1800 BC. The use of metal was accompanied by historical developments of the greatest importance. Mining and processing required distribution; i.e., exchange and transport of raw materials. There were numerous transport routes and means for large quantities of ore and finished products. Transport was obviously by cart - which presupposed the general spread of the wheel - but also across rivers by raft and dugout canoe.
Age: 0 - 375 n. Chr. Roman Imperial Period
Roman Imperial Period: With the beginning of iron smelting around 700 BC, the new, harder iron took the place of bronze. The Iron Age is the third major period in human history after the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. In northern Europe it is divided into the Pre-Roman Iron Age, which covers the period from the end of the Bronze Age to the expansion of the Roman Empire at the turn of the century. And the Roman Imperial Period, in which the completely new way of life introduced by the Romans, can also be clearly seen in Free Germania. With the introduction of writing, European prehistory ends - early history begins.
Age: 2009 n. Chr.