First introduced in 1924, the Old Hickory knives are the most venerable product line still in active production. The Old Hickory knives feature a hardwood handle secured with brass compression rivets to 1095 carbon steel blades that are both very sharp and capable of retaining an edge better than most stainless knives. Proudly manufactured with artisan processes for over 90 years, Old Hickory has stood the test of time and is proven to be the best carbon steel kitchen cutlery sold today. The Cotton Sampling knife got its name from early cotton buyers using the sharp blade tip to cut into cotton bales and to pry into the bale to check for cotton consistency. Today the Cotton Sampling knife excels as a skinning and butchering knife. With a sharp blade and deep belly, this knife is great for not puncturing holes in hides when skinning.