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Discussion in 'Knives' started by egp, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. egp

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    I remember years ago getting a cheap barlow or colonial knife in the Christmas stocking and how proud I was of them knives. Then later on getting a Shrade old timer or uncle henry when they were still made in Ellenville N.Y.
    If you were passed down an old Shrade Walden, you had a knife !
     
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  3. huntnow

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    I've seen this article before and I'm not as old as the author but it reminds me of my childhood. Most of the men in my family fit the description mentioned very well. I try but the toughest men in this country have long come and gone.
     
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  4. steviesterno

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    I've always carried one since I was about 12, in some way or another. helpful and gotten me out of a few iffy situations, sure. But one thing stuck with me hard a few years back after my first kid was born. A woman got off road by accident and into a flooded ditch. Car started sinking and they were trying to get a kid out of the car seat that wouldn't unbuckle. A guy yelled with desperation "does anybody have a knife" and somebody did, they got the kid out, all was well. But I decided I'm not going to be the guy that yells. I'm going to be the guy that has it.

    Since then I have been diligent. If I'm out of the house, I have one. Most of the time in the house. I have glass breakers and seatbelt cutters attached to my car seats, too.

    To me, a man is someone that gets it done. And I aim to be the man that can. I anticipate wearing a watch, knife, and gun all that I legally can (and maybe some extra) until I'm put in the ground.
     
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    This article almost make me cry remembering my grandfather.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    When I meet someone who doesn't carry any kind of knife...well, it tells me a lot about them.
     
  7. egp

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    I carry a pen knife in my laptop bag, makes it through airport security many times. Last time we went to Mexico, my Spyderco and Leatherman were in checked luggage. When we unpacked at the resort, my wife just looked at me and rolled her eyes. I'm prepared, I have a credit card and $800 in cash also, why not my knife?
     
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    I grew up rural. Men carried knives. I have two that my grandfather carried . First off they were a tool and still are .
    And no one has the right to tell you any different. A boys first knife is a special thing . Nothing is as silly as watching someone try to use scissors to cut with .



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  9. suburbDad

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    Appreciate the heritage that the article is pointing to, but don’t forget about us suburban folk who just need a knife around the house to do a bunch of random things
     
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    But at least we now have the " Metrosexuals" and the more rugged "Lumbersexual" !
     
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    Sad but true. It used to be simpler and better. And I'm not even 40 yet. When I was a kid my dad taught me how to use tools (including knives), start a fire, how to use a gun etc... The wife and I teach our kids the same skills, but other people seem to think that these are useless and dangerous. Stupid people, IMO

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    I'm originally from a small town in Mathews,Virginia. Around about 7 or 8 i was given my first knife. I remember being so excited because my grandpa has always carried one, and still does to this day even at 89 years old. My dad always carries one, and so do my brother and I. When i hit my 20s it finally struck me that hardly any of my friends/coworkers even had a knife. The few that did, had them stashed away in boxes and drawers. I'm in my 30s now and to see someone other than myself pull out any sort of knife other than a kitchen knife is a rare sight.

    It's almost comical because i use mine everyday. Not even thinking, it comes out does the job goes back to it's home. Then i watch people struggle with the same thing. Before quickly asking to use my knife... As someone said in an earlier post "it's silly to watch someone try and cut with scissors".

    The knife carriers of the world are a dying breed i'm afraid. I'm not going to claim i'm as tough as a two dollar steak. At least i can cut it up though.
     
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    I'm from WV, My granddad did(both of them) my dad did, and I dew, just about everybody I know and knew did or does.
    I can remember my neighbor a settin on his front porch a sharpnin hisn on a finger size whet stone and getting it shaving sharp.

    The language in Appalachia is a little different.
     
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    Great article. I remember when I got my first knife, a boy scout model when I was 8 years old. I was allowed to carry it only after learning knife safety from my father. I have had a knife in my pocket ever since, now 46 years later. Despite growing up in the suburbs, my father a professor ( he was in the electricians union through grad school), we did all of our own home repairs and many of the repairs needed on anything else. Dad used to say that in his home if you owned something you should be able to fix it. He's about to turn 87 and still has a knife in his pocket every day.I try to instill these values in my own kids now, it builds self esteem and self reliance.
    Thanks for sharing the article.
     
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    My Grandparents grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwestern Virginia, they both carried pocket knives. My grandpa is a logger and he has always carried an Old Timer or Schrade or Buck. He had a big 4 inch lockback Buck knife he said he goes frog hunting with, he may not do it now at 83 years old but they did hunt bullfrogs as kids lol. The days of tough men are gone my grandpa at 83 is still carrying a chainsaw and cutting trees down, driving tractor trailors and heavy equipment, my father at 63 had four discs in his lower back completly throw out and crushed and still worked with me for over a year before needing surgery and still does things he shouldnt. The age of tough men are gone.

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    Regarding the age of tough men being gone. I know that there are still guys who live and work on farms, in forestry, in mines, as carpenters and in the 'trades' in general who still qualify as tough and self sufficient. I'll include professional truckers also for example.

    Those of us who live in suburbia and/or urban areas just do not encounter nor know as many of these guys in our world now; but some are still out there!

    I live in Northern Virginia; in suburbia. But I know I've met many who live further out and who work in varied professions as I've described. For example, here we get guys coming into the area who live further out but who work (for example) as appliance techs, plumbers, carpenters, tree specialists, etc etc. I could go on. The gents I've met this way in my not so humble opinion should qualify!

    L'chaim!

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    Dont forget the tough guys (manly men?) who need a pocket knife to cut their Amazon boxes open.
    (Ohhh, the times they are a changin’!)
     
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    Men, manly men. We're men in tights! Roaming round the first looking for fights!

    Tough men? Manly men? Competent men? I consider my dad to be all of these, but he doesn't carry a pocket knife. My grandfathers, the same, and one carried, the other didn't. A knife doesn't define me as a person, nor my relatives, but they're sure handy to have around.
     
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    I still have my first pocketknife, a Camillus Cub Scout model from 1968. A couple of years ago I had it reconditioned by the good folks at Rock USA Cutlery who have ties to the original Camillus factory. It now looks and works wonderfully.
     
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    Dad gave me my first pocket knife for Christmas at the age of eight and I promptly cut myself, I carried that knife for years while amassing a bunch of other pocket knives. I still carry a pocket knife and have fought my sons the values of a pocket knife. My 15 yo has a love for Spydercos these days, he has the flick perfected. I inherited my grandfathers pocket knife and think it is one of my most valued possessions.


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