The history of hand tools is as old as history of human civilization. Though an exact history of hand tools is difficult to figure out, studies have shown that tools were used even at the early stone age. There is evidence of humans using knives at the stone age. With the beginning of civilization, sophisticated hand tools were developed and today with advanced technology, there is a wide selection of hand tools in different shapes and sizes, to serve different purposes.
Hand Tools and Animals
According to philosophers, hand tools were not only used by humans but also by other species like monkeys, apes, several corvids, sea otters, and others. Later, proper observations revealed that not only humans had the ability to make tools but also birds and monkeys. Later on philosophers came to the conclusion that that we are the only species that uses tools to make other tools.
Hand Tools and Human Civilization
Most research scholars believe that the use of hand tools was an important step in the evolution of mankind. Hand tools tell us about the society that made them. The more developed a society, the more tools it produces, and the more tools it uses. While discovering and inventing many new things, humans had evolved an opposable thumb, which was useful in holding tools, and increased dramatically in intelligence, which helped in the use of tools.