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Keep out of reach of children, but not out of reach of Angelina Jolie


We often joke on Celebrity Inventory about how we’d love to have the amazing collectibles celebrities collect. But when it comes to Angelina Jolie, she’s got a collection I straight-up don’t want to mess with.

Proving that she doesn’t just play a femme fatale on screen, Angelina Jolie collects knives. In fact, she’s collected knives ever since she was a young girl! You can actually see her showing off her knife skills in front of Conan O Brian, years before she became a household name. Needless to say, that’s one way to make an impression.

This wouldn’t be the only time Jolie would bring knives into her professional life either. During a photo shoot with People, Jolie infamously added a dose of danger to her shots by grabbing a huge kitchen knife to bring with her on the set. Though this would have been a precarious situation for some people, photographer George Holz wasn’t surprised by this at all.

“She was probably a bit more of a wild child at that point… this fireball of wonderful energy. She had no entourage,” Holz explained. “Angelina was not afraid. I wasn’t worried that she was going to cut herself; that didn’t cross my mind. She’s an edgy person.”

“I don’t think the editor was around for this. She would have had a heart attack.”

Angelina Jolie Knife Photo Shoot

Since then, Jolie hasn’t exactly kept her love of knives secret. On the contrary, she actually found herself in a bit of controversy in 2008 when she tried to share her hobby with her then 7 year old son Maddox. According to her, she only gave him knives with dull blades to keep him safe.

“My mom took me to buy my first daggers when I was 11 or 12, and I’ve already bought Maddox some things,” Jolie explained at the time. “We take him to a special shop. We also talk about samurais and about the idea of defending someone as good. We talk about everything.”

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Having said that, despite Jolie being so vocal about her love of knives, we’re hard pressed to actually find what knives she collects. On one hand, since knives aren’t exactly the type of thing you’d bring to interviews, it makes sense that these details would be allusive. On the other hand, Jolie has talked about the significance of her hobby in ways that aren’t as worrying as a knife collection sounds on paper.

“It reminds you of history, and there’s just something beautiful about them and traditional. Each country has different knives and weapons, and that’s why I started collecting them. I’ve done this since I was a little girl.”

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In all seriousness, though a knife collection is technically dangerous, there’s nothing inherently wrong with collecting blades. We’ve seen right here on Gemr the sheer variety of things people like to collect, and we consistently see that everyone has their own personal reasons behind their collections. In the case of Jolie, many purveyors of pop culture have latched on to offhanded comments made by her to characterize the collection as some kind of kink. But frankly, even if that is the case, it’s disingenuous to insinuate that’s the only reason she collects. After all, in just our investigation here alone, we can see there’s a lot about knives that Jolie really likes.

While this Celebrity Inventory is a bit different than our usual fare, we celebrate Angelina Jolie’s knife collection as much as we would any other collection. Though it’s been many years since we’ve heard Jolie speak about her knives, we hope her appreciation for their art has not faltered. We would certainly love to see just how wide her collection is someday, but… you know, perhaps from a safe distance.

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Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on Destructoid.com.