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Knife n. 'Cutting tool with handle and blade', ahd.meʒʒisahs (9th century), mhd.meʒʒer, asächs.mezas (cf. mezaskōp 'knife purchase'), mnd.messet, me (t) s (e) t, mnl.me (t) s, nl.mes, aengl.metseax. Like the Ahd. And Aengl. show, knife is a darkened composition, emerged from westgerm. * matizsahsa-. The first part of the composition goes back to the germ. * Mat- food, food ’present in different word stems (originally as i- and a-stem), which appears here in the composition form germ. * Mati-; cf. ahd.maʒ (9th century; also tagamaʒ 'meal of the day', 8th century), mhd.maʒ, asächs.mat, anord.matr, got.mats 'food' and ahd.meʒʒi (8th century. ), asächs.meti, mnl.met, aengl.mete (see English meat 'meat' and see sMettwurst). It belongs to the root ie. * Mad- ‘wet, dripping’, also ‘dripping from fat, juicy, fat, fattened’ (see Mast2 f.). The basic word is formed from ahd. (9th century), mhd.sahs (md.sas) n. 'Short sword, knife', asächs.sahs, mnd.sach, sak, sāks, afries.sax, aengl.seax , anord.sax (germ. * sahsa- n.), which belongs to the root ie. * sē̌k- 'cut' (which also includes ↗Säge, ↗Sense, sd). That in the Nhd. Lost word is taken up again in historicalizing when dealing with the mhd. literature with Sachs, also Sax n. m. ‘short sword’. It was retained in the composition ahd.scarasahs, scarasah, mhd.scharsah, nhd.Scharsach n. M. ‘Schermesser’ (to ↗scheren1, s. d.). The old compound westgerm. * Matizsahsa-, from which today's knife emerged, is therefore to be interpreted as a sword or cutting tool for food ’. The root ie. * Sē̌k- also leads to the Latin saxum ‘stone, rock’, so that the term germ. * Saws may initially have referred to a stone age device, a stone sword ’. The name of the Saxons is derived from this and can be explained as ‘the one with the * sahs- armed’.