Not every knife out there is a hunting knife, EDC, or fixed tactical blade. Some knives are much more specialized than the knives most of us are familiar with, and this Smoker’s Knife is an excellent example. Like me, you may have seen one and never known what it was. At first glance it might seem like some Victorian gentleman’s embryonic Leatherman with a folding blade and a folding probe, and what might be a very small hammer at one end. This would be a clever guess, and that’s exactly what I thought when I bought one of these at a garage sale thirty years ago. I didn’t know what: I’ve never smoked, my dad has never smoked, and only one of his friends ever smoked a pipe even in the 1970s.
Some years later I saw a finer example in an antique shop, and the knife’s name pretty much explained everything. The blade is for cutting the ends of cigars (and cutting pipe tobacco if needed) and the spike is for piercing the end of a cigar before smoking it. The miniature hammer is a tamp, to pack down the tobacco in your favorite Meerschaum.
Just like smoking itself, smoker’s knives were once much more common than they are now. Knives like this are still manufactured as specialty tools, and this plain model costs about nine bucks.