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    I still remember years ago buying my boys some nice pocket knives at the feed mill. You would have thought I was handing them gold. They sure had good times with them and learned how to take care of them. Part of their Boy Scout training was the Tote N Chip where they learned to care for and sharpen knives axes and buck saws. I use my knife all the time when I am working in the garden. I have a "Morakniv" that is a real beater. I abuse it on a regular basis but it comes back for more. I carry a small pen knife with me to work to open small single dose med packages. (I keep my nails short so I can't use them.) I would be lost if i didn't have a knife handy at work or at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pakrat View Post
    Yah, the Old Timer carbon steel USA 340T. I've got my Dad's (w/broken tip on the clip point), one I bought for myself about 40 years ago and my youngest son has one I gave him when he got his Cub Scout "whitl'n chit" about 20 years ago. Now they're made in China with stainless blades... not even close.

    You can find the old ones on ebay, but they want a lot more than the $9.00 I paid for mine in the Agway store.
    I couldn't carry mine in Cub Scouts because thats when they instituted the all knives must be lockbacks rule. I always had a pocket knife when I ran around the farm and later on I had a hatchet and a bb gun. I also got to drive a 3 wheeler and go pretty well anywhere on the farm I pleased. At age 12 I was hunting alone in the woods with a loaded shotgun. How outraged would the public be these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotTooProudToHide View Post
    I couldn't carry mine in Cub Scouts because thats when they instituted the all knives must be lockbacks rule. I always had a pocket knife when I ran around the farm and later on I had a hatchet and a bb gun. I also got to drive a 3 wheeler and go pretty well anywhere on the farm I pleased. At age 12 I was hunting alone in the woods with a loaded shotgun. How outraged would the public be these days.
    My growing up was about the same. I was the youngest son, so if anybody had a tendency to be worried about a boy with a knife or going hunting and fishing alone, the older ones cured them long before my time came to do it… not that I didn’t collect a few scars at an early age.
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    My boy was about to deploy to the Stan with the 82nd some years back. Thought I'd send him a Gerber that I'd carried when I was in Korea. Got it back in almost the return mail with a note that his 1SG told him that he'd face an Article 15 if he took it along.

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    They've had 75 years to do it to us. I'd say they did a pretty good job, frog in the pot.

    A couple weeks ago my 8 year old granddaughter began negotiating with me for a birthday present.
    Can I have one of those folding knife thingies? (I had given a 13 yr old grandson a Swiss Army Knife)
    No, a knife isn't going to happen.
    Why not?
    Cause mommy said so. (Notice how I cleverly shifted the blame.)
    How do you know that?
    Cause I talked to her the other day and we talked about it.
    Oh.
    OK, how about a gun?
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    I've had a folding Buck or Schrade in my pocket since grade school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakrat View Post
    At 66 years old. I’m the oldest male (by about 15 years) at most of our family gatherings. Even though there are ten or more men at most get-togethers, I’m the de facto knife carrier. If something requires cutting, they all look at me to pull out a blade. No one gives me open grief about always having a 3” folding knife (though a couple of the new wives give cold stares), but it’s gotten so I just lay it on the table at birthday parties and such because I otherwise have to reach into my pocket a dozen times. The rest of the men either have no desire (socially abhorrent), see it as an “old timer thing” or don’t want to get in the shits with their significant city-bred others.
    I'm 41 and grew up in suburban CA and have always carried a knife. My Grandfather did, my father does and I do. My Grandfather gave me my first knife. Believe it or not quite a few guys in CA carry knives. It's kind of become a secret code. If you see a guy with a pocket knife most likely he is a Patriot. The Liberal douche nozzles are all too busy carrying tampons. Both the male and female.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homefire View Post
    This 'women' used to carry a jack knife with her all the time. I used it to cut string when feeling the cows, open packaging, and all kinds of stuff on the farm. People have lost touch with the reality of hard work and the tools to accomplish them.
    Homefire. Normally I would think it was a spelling error but with you I need to ask:
    Feeling the cows or feeding the cows?


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    Quote Originally Posted by fangfarrier View Post
    Homefire. Normally I would think it was a spelling error but with you I need to ask:
    Feeling the cows or feeding the cows?


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    I got my first knife from my favorite uncle when I was about 10 or 11. It was a knife he carried and I watched him perform all sort of magic with it from carving fire starting sticks to surgery when I got a sliver jammed into my palm. I received it (his, not a duplicate) for Christmas. The morning after a vivid dream where he said I had a special surprise under the tree. The same day the family was told of his death.
    While I don't carry it anymore due to shrinking of the blade due to sharpening all these years, I have it tucked away and still fondly hold it once in a while.
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