Blackwork style knife tattoo by kamil czapiga

Knife Tattoo Ideas That Will Cut Down All Your Doubts Immediately

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Knife tattoo is a common type in the tattooing culture. You can find it in many tattoo styles and was popular since the 20th century. Unlike the swords or daggers, knives didn’t disappear from our everyday life. Although we no longer need to carry the knife with us everywhere we go, it is still one of the most practical tools man has ever made. For our ancestors, it was a vital tool for survival and protection. But today, the value of the knife in everyday life is much smaller. However, it has the same meaning as it had 500 years ago, and it’s a perfect choice for a tattoo. Let’s take a look at the most fantastic knife tattoos.

Neo traditional boot knife tattoo and a blood moon
Neo-traditional boot knife tattoo and a blood moon
Knife sliced rose tattoo
The knife sliced rose tattoo
Neo traditional knife and rose tattoo by john mendoza
Neo-traditional knife and rose tattoo by John Mendoza
Hand holding a knife tattoo
Hand holding a knife tattoo
Small boot knife tattoo on the right forearm
Small boot knife tattoo on the right forearm
Pocket knife and flowers outline tattoo on the left thigh
A pocket knife and flowers outline tattoo on the left thigh
Knife tattoo on the right hip
Knife tattoo on the right hip

Knife tattoo – an everyday tool with a rich history

It was the essential tool for many cultures throughout the whole world. The knife was a weapon, an everyday object and in some cases even a ceremonial tool. It is one of the oldest weapons in the human history. In fact, the sword was a much later development of the knife with an attempt to make it more powerful and more deadly. During the middle ages, every knight and soldier always had to carry a knife if they would lose their sword. In the situation when you lose your primary weapon in the middle of the fight, this small knife was the only hope to save your life.

Black chef knife tattoo
Black chef knife tattoo

But the knife was not only a weapon, but it was also one of the first human-made tools. Our ancestors used it for almost everything. They slaughtered the animals, peeled the skin, chopped the meat and used it for many other small tasks. For more than two-and-a-half million years, it was the most critical tool for the whole of humanity. Yup, the oldest found knife is that old. Humans used stone knives way before they learned how to process the iron.

Knife tattoo on the right forearm
Knife tattoo on the right forearm

Later on, the knife became a symbol of social status. Rich and powerful people had knives with decorated handles and hold them in cases wrapped-up in the expensive metals. Meanwhile, the poor used simple knives with cheap wooden handles.

Floral knife tattoo
Floral knife tattoo

Knife tattoo meaning

It’s probably the most common archeological find throughout the whole world. Every nation, tribe, culture had a knife at least in some form. The first tools were wooden, later came the stone age and finally, people discovered how to extract and process the iron. During the whole history, the knife was not only an everyday object and weapon but also had a profound symbolical meaning.

Double switchblade tattoo on the forearm
Double switchblade tattoo on the forearm

For example, the ancient Aztecs used ceremonial knives to perform their creepy human sacrifices. During these bloody ceremonies, they used it to take out the heart from the victim’s body and to sacrifice to their gods. Thus, the ceremonial knife became a symbol of the fear and anger of the gods.

Ceremonial knife tattoo
Ceremonial knife tattoo

In Persia and many other ancient Middle East cultures, knives also were a unique tool to perform sacrifices for the gods. Only in their case, the victims were usually the animals. Many other cultures used the knife as a ceremonial tool during the rituals. Therefore, the image of the bloody knife always symbolized death.

Forearm knife
Forearm knife

Thanks to the Hollywood movies, the image of a sneaking soldier with a knife towards the victim has stuck in our memories for the rest of our lives. And yet it is a deadly weapon for close combats and if used by professional hand – does not cause any noise. The knife is a widespread symbol in the army patches. It stands for the speed, strength, and ferocity.

Black knife and rose tattoo
Black knife and rose tattoo

The most common knife tattoos

While there are many knife tattoos, we decided to list the most popular and common ones. See the list below.

Blackwork style knife tattoo by kamil czapiga
Blackwork style knife tattoo by Kamil Czapiga

Knife with a dripping blood tattoo

As we’ve mentioned earlier, a knife with blood is a universal symbol of death. However, this type of tattoo on a person can say ‘I have a knife, and I’m not afraid to use it.’ It embodies your bravery.

Red knife and blood tattoo
Red knife and blood tattoo

Knife and skull tattoo

It’s a classic old-school duo that symbolizes pure death. It can also express a total defeat or may serve as a talisman for protection. Until today, in some prisons, a knife and skull tattoo may indicate that the inmate is a murderer.

Skull pierced with a knife by scott move
Skull pierced with a knife by Scott Move

Heart pierced with a knife tattoo

Stabbed or pierced in the back – is an expression of betrayal. A heart pierced with a knife is a symbol of infidelity and broken love. On the other hand, it may symbolize the never-ending search for true love.

Knife pierced black heart tattoo
A knife pierced black heart tattoo

A knife stabbed through the skin tattoo

This tattoo represents that the person has gone through emotional or physical pain in his or her life.

Knife pierced through the skin
A knife pierced through the skin

Knife tattoo ideas

There are many reasons to get a knife on your body. And as you can see, it is a beautiful tattoo with lots of symbolical meanings. Take a look at our selection below. We’re sure you will find some inspiration.

Moth and folding knife tattoo
Moth and folding knife tattoo
Neo traditional knife
Neo-traditional knife
Pomegranate and knife neo traditional tattoo on the arm
Another pomegranate and knife neo-traditional tattoo on the arm
Knife filled with galactic background
Filled with galactic background
Knife with reflection tattoo on the leg
Chef blade with a reflection tattoo on the leg
Knife cutting hand tattoo
Knife cutting hand tattoo
Dotwork pocket knife and rose tattoo
Dotwork pocket knife and rose tattoo
Knife and rose tattoo
Another knife and rose tattoo
Butterfly knife and black rose tattoo
Butterfly knife and black rose tattoo
Tiny knife on the middle finger
Tiny knife on the middle finger
Knife with a skull on the blade
Another one with a skull on the blade
Tripple black knives tattoo
Tripple black knives tattoo
Knife stabbed earth tattoo
A knife stabbed earth tattoo
Traditional knife tattoo with a reflection of a girl face
Traditional knife tattoo with a reflection of a girl’s face
Switchblade in a hand tattoo on the left thigh
Switchblade in a hand tattoo on the left thigh
Small knife underboob tattoo
Small knife underboob tattoo
Traditional pocket knife tattoo
Traditional pocket knife tattoo
Neo traditional knife bird and a branch with berries tattoo
Another neo-traditional knife bird and a branch with berries tattoo
Black knife tattoo with the reflection of a girl eyes by pari corbitt
Black knife tattoo with the reflection of a girl’s eyes by Pari Corbitt
Woman and knife tattoo by brendon
Woman and knife tattoo by Brendon
Black knife and snake tattoo by scott move
Black knife and snake tattoo by Scott Move
Psychadelic knife tattoo by marcin surowiec
Psychadelic knife tattoo by Marcin Surowiec
Knife and peony tattoo on the forearm
Knife and peony tattoo on the forearm
Chef knife tattoo with sicilian stile ceramic in the background
Another chef knife tattoo with Sicilian style ceramic in the background
Switchblade tattoo on the sternum
Switchblade tattoo on the sternum
Pocket knife tattoo with an apology
Another pocket knife tattoo with an apology
Negative space triple knife with a reflection of a woman face tattoo
Black triple knife with a reflection of a woman face tattoo
Knife with a scene from a manga
This one with a scene from a manga
Knife Tattoo Ideas That Will Cut Down All Your Doubts Immediately
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