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A hand-held cutting tool. One or two edges can be sharpened. The blade can be attached to a haft or handle, or the sharpened edge(s) can terminate in an unsharpened grip of the same material as the blade and contiguous with it. Knife blades can be formed from stone, ceramic, and various metals and alloys.

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"Ceremonial Aztec stone knives" by Jami Dwyer from Portland, OR (National Museum of Anthropology) is licensed under CC BY-SA.