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A Knife Story

Discussion in 'Knives' started by DCBman, Jan 22, 2022.

  1. DCBman

    DCBman Loaded Pockets

    Mar 8, 2014
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    I've always loved knives. Don't know why, but there's just something about them which draws me to them.

    As a young kid, I didn't have a lot of knives, but I had a couple I liked (one was your quintessential Boy Scout knife). Anyway, one day my Dad wanted to go buy a new pocket knife at the sporting goods store and took me along. He was just looking for your typical "pocket knife" like a stockman or the like.

    We got up to the gun/knife counter and my gaze fixed on a SAK. I'd heard they were the end-all, be-all, of knives so I told him to get that one. It was bigger than what he wanted, but I kept urging him to get it, saying they were the greatest knives ever (I didn't know, but in my kid-mind they were). He begrudgingly bought the knife.

    My Dad was a nut about sharpening knives (it's where I learned the craft of truly "sharpening" a knife). I think he sharpened this SAK more than he ever used or carried it. Getting a knife ULTRA-sharp was a hobby for him. Over the years he got other knives and I long since forgot about the SAK he bought that day.

    Fast forward about 50 years; the other day I was going through a box of old knives I've held onto in my life. In the box was this SAK which I didn't recognize (I'm not a big SAK guy. They're okay, but it's just not my thing). I pulled this knife out and looked it over. For the life of me I couldn't remember how I ever came into possession of this knife. Then, slowly, I remembered this must have been the knife my Dad bought all those years ago. I made this determination after looking at the blade. It was exquisitely sharp, but the blade was seriously worn down from sharpening it. AH-HA!! The lightbulb came on!

    As I sit here now and look at this knife, it appears to be a SAK "Officer" model by Victorinox (though I am no expert on SAK's by any means). On the main side it has a main blade (about 2" long), a small blade, a can opener (with small flat blade screw driver), and a bottle opener (with large flat blade screw driver. On the minor side it has a corkscrew, and an awl with a sharpened edge. (If anyone has info on what this knife may be, please share).

    This isn't the first time I've come across a really old knife like this, under similar circumstances, but I thought it was really cool to find that after all this time.

    Just thought I'd share, for whatever it's worth.

    P.S. I have numerous boxes of old knives like this which contain probably hundreds of knives. I never had the heart to throw away a knife. Sometimes it's kind of fun to go through them and see what treasures I can find. There are times I've found a knife I have no idea where it came from or how I got it, but those are equally cool just because of the mystery and enigma of them.
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  2. kottskrapa

    kottskrapa Loaded Pockets

    Nov 15, 2015
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    Thanks for sharing. Sound like an old spartan, a really common sak but the value are in its history and your memories with your father

    [It's not failure if you learn something from it]
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  3. MatBlack

    MatBlack Loaded Pockets

    Jul 11, 2009
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  4. SwampDonkey

    SwampDonkey Loaded Pockets

    Oct 4, 2015
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    Cool story! I get it, each acquisition has a story/meaning. I still have my first real purchase when I was 16....Schrade old timer. Good memories...like the one you shared.
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