Cutlery....

… a good pocket knife has always been a required piece of equipment for the men in my family…. that is just the Country Way….. I was given my first one when I was five or six, and from that moment onwards I was expected to have a blade on my person at all times…..

… my first knife was a Case XX two-bladed whittler… given to me by my Grandpa…. It was a kind of baptism into Southern Manhood, I suppose…. for with that gift, I was given an option I had never had before…. I could run around jumping, screaming, and being a kid… or I could join the men’s whittling circle and listen to the tall tales that the patriarchs spun while their cedar sticks got smaller and smaller…. It was an option and an honor… more times than not, however, I just ran around screaming and being a little hillbilly kid…..

… as I got older, my taste in knives changed….. and for reasons known only to the mind of an adolescent, I no longer wanted a whittling knife…. no, I wanted a tool…. and about 1988 I shelved my whittler and began carrying a big Shcrade folding knife with one single heavy blade….. it served me well.. and it was damned near indestructible… and a few years later I was one of the first guys to eagerly jump on the Leatherman bandwagon… I eventually owned many different brands of multi-tool… finally settling on a Gerber….

… while I was in the Corps, I kept a Ka-Bar taped to my left backpack strap… and then later I chose a Gerber MkII…. Here they are…..

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… when I suddenly found myself respectable and sporting a suit everyday to work, I still managed to carry a pocket knife… albeit a much, much smaller one, it was in my pocket daily… and what a beauty it was…. I had bought it in a sporting goods shop in Anchorage one time while I was visiting friends…. it was slim and sleek and serrated, oh my… a Spyderco “cricket”… here’s a photo to give you an idea…. I love this knife so much that it now stays locked up in my gunsafe…. It’s a collectable now…. the new “crickets” no longer have the metal handles… Spyderco discontinued the metal and chose polymer grips instead…. not nearly as elegant, if you ask me…. here she is.... opened and closed....

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… I bring this up only in passing, though… sure, I still carry a pocket knife…. and it is a beautiful tool… but my Mother gave me a box of my Father’s things a few days ago and I went through it last night…. in the bottom of the box were some of his old pocket knives…. And as I looked at them, I was struck soundly by their similarity to the choice of knife that I carry today…. not in design, really, but in size… my Pa sure liked him some big blades…… and life Father, like Son….. here are three of his old, worn out pocket knives… and my Cold Steel….

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… the way I look at it, everyone should carry a pocket knife…. even if you wear a suit every day….. they’re useful things to have around…. so, tell me, people…. do you carry a knife?... and if not, WHY not….

by Eric on January 07, 2007 | Bullshit (38) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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I got my first pocketknife at the ripe age of four, a gift from my loving (but quite possibly insane) parents. Having knives at such a tender age immediately got me and my cousin Andy branded as Juvenile Delinquents by at least one suburban mom.

These days, I have fallen out of the habit of carrying a blade...but this post has caused me to reconsider...

Bullshitted by Elisson on January 7, 2007 04:02 PM

There's one in that final picture that looks like the first knife I bought durin' a 'bacca season in NC on year. Is that a Shcrade Ol' Timer there in that shot? That's what I first purchased, and still have one in the truck. Along with a Case foldin' knife. There's a Buck knife in the drawer at work for cuttin' open boxes. I don't tote 'em on my person anymore, but I hope if I ever need one, I've laid 'em out close enough to be able to get to 'em.

My daddy still carries his li'l ol' pocket knife with him everywhere he goes. Matter of fact... he had to check it at the court house on the way in last time he escorted me there...

Bullshitted by RedNeck on January 7, 2007 04:17 PM

.. well, Elisson, for a suit-wearing fella, I highly recommend the cricket from Spyderco.....

.. and yea, Redneck... he liked the Old Timer a lot...

Bullshitted by Eric on January 7, 2007 04:24 PM

I carry a knife usually..I have several but my favorite is a single blade Uncle Henry..the blade is about an inch and a half long..locking type.

Bullshitted by GUYK on January 7, 2007 04:33 PM

I used to have a nice hunting knife, then took to carrying a boot knife and switchblade for several years. Nowadays I carry a teeny-tiny leatherman.

Bullshitted by Richard on January 7, 2007 06:27 PM

Damn right I carry a pocket knife. Comes in handy more than one would realize.

You've got some nice pieces there, by the way.

Bullshitted by Braden on January 7, 2007 06:31 PM

Gerber fan here though I picked up a Spyderco when I was in the Yukon that I really like. (and what pissed me off the most, I didn't think about the fact I had it attached to my keys. On my way back from YT, I was stopped for Post 911 security 7 times, once at a place not even 30' from the previous one where I was pulled out of line for special attention and they NEVER noticed the knife on my keychain.)

Bullshitted by RSM on January 7, 2007 06:38 PM

HEY! My husband has a cricket and I didn't even know what it was worth! As for me. I may be a 'girl' (snort I'm 41 now) but I carry my grandfather's pocket knife. That man ALWAYS kept his knives and scissors SHARP! Man I miss him. I learned to keep a k-bar in my military dorm room with the case between the mattress and box spring after I got an uninvited midnight visitor one night even though my door was double bolted! My husband takes it with him whenever he gets deployed now a days. It's one of the things our daughters will have and know how to care for as they come of age.

Thanks for the mind provoking post! :o) Hope you all had a great holiday!

Bullshitted by Lemon Stand on January 7, 2007 07:14 PM

Always have at least one on me. In the Navy it was a Buck 110 or Buck Gentleman and of course a swiss army knife of some type. Lately it's a Kershaw Ken Onion Leek and a Gerber multi-tool. I don't feel dressed without some steel somewhere on my person.

Bullshitted by Rey B on January 7, 2007 07:16 PM

Schrade was probably my first. Have had many since, Buck, Schrade, and Case... current one is a Gerber.

Ya gotsta have a knife... a very important tool.

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on January 7, 2007 08:30 PM

Eric -

The cricket is nice. I got one because it was so modern looking and sexy, but I don't carry it much.Not intentionally, it's just a matter of the sheriff looking in my pockets every time I walk into the courthouse... it was just a pain in the ass. I've got a nice Randall sheath knife that's sitting on my desk on the boat, and the old K bar is in my kit bag still, but I just don't really have a daily knife that lives in my pocket. It mostly depends on where I am. On the boat I have an old rope knife that I got in England years ago because I liked the scrimshaw handle that it had along with the big blade and the knot pick, and I have a buck knife when I'm camping, and I'll put the cricket my pocket if I've got jeans on. But otherwise I just go unarmed. That's probably a mistake, but the courthouse is jammed full of armed men in uniform... and I have an asp to make me feel better when I'm walking around in the parking areas downtown.But I don't want to have to constantly justify myself at the door.

I've got enough drama in my life as it is.

Bob

Bullshitted by Bob Baird on January 7, 2007 08:46 PM

Nothing beats the practical aspects of a few Ka-Bars.

All the best,
Glenn B

Bullshitted by Glenn B on January 7, 2007 09:56 PM

Eric your knife collection looks extremely familiar. I bought DH a Ka-Bar while he was deployed last time from the collective for Fathers day. It is now retired. I suppose we will get him another before he heads out again. The spyder-co yes we both own one...and the rest...

I however opted for a leatherman juice multi tool, that I love, and the knife on it gets used more than any other I own. (except for kitchen knives.)

I do miss it when I am traveling via plane...

Between your gear and Dh's gear camping and otherwise I suspect you could open shop.

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on January 7, 2007 10:26 PM

I wield a mean pink emery board.

Bullshitted by Anna on January 7, 2007 11:29 PM

Oh, whew, I'm glad as I scrolled further down I found some comments made by the ladybloggers, so I shouldn't be the sole aberration here.

When I was around 11 or 12, and regularly getting my ass handed to me in junior high school, my cousin (a big, scary dude) bequeathed unto me a small pocket knife made in Pakistan, which I try to carry with me when I either A) remember, or B) think I might like to have on my person just in case.

These days, however, in lieu of carrying the knife, which I've had for at least 18 years, I carry a tweezer (always) in my back pocket, since I find that should I need to tweeze a hair or, God forbid, defend myself, its sharp edges could easily forge a mighty puncture wound.

Not that I would.

Bullshitted by Erica on January 8, 2007 12:44 AM

I don't even weild a pink emory board. I guess I am hoping that my 'mad mom face' will keep any bad people away and as for needing a tool? I either use my teeth or my keys. I suspect a good knife would be better.

Bullshitted by Bou on January 8, 2007 06:58 AM

I feel absolutely horrified to be sans pocket knife. I carry it in my hand if I am found without benefit of a pocket. I have had many brands but my first was a Schrade and it was and still is a great blade. I wore it down to almost a awl configuration from repeated sharpenings. I currently carry a Beretta brand that was gifted to me from my eldest Son who worked for Beretta.

Bullshitted by Arrathorn on January 8, 2007 10:05 AM

I carry a 200.00 switchblade at all times. I must have over 200 of them in my safe.

Bullshitted by Catfish on January 8, 2007 10:19 AM

I carry a cute pink swiss army knife! It has come in quite handy!

Bullshitted by Quality Weenie on January 8, 2007 10:21 AM

I've carried this gerber for years. The missus has finally given up hope that I won't clip it to my pocket when we're headed to church, weddings, etc... Hell I wore it clipped to my Tux when we go married.

It's to the point now that if I've got my britches on I've got my knife. Hell I'd feel naked without it.

Bullshitted by phin on January 8, 2007 11:12 AM

Eric the Blade...nuff said

Bullshitted by Yabu on January 8, 2007 11:47 AM

I got my first knife when I was 8 or so..an Imperial. Not much, but enough for a boy.
At 12, I got my first Buck 110. I'm now on my 3rd. They've been with me through cabinetmaking, the Navy, uncounted cars, trucks, and bikes, & still goin' strong.
This is the South. What do we call a boy who doesn't own a knife? A girl. Hell, in my high school yearbook for 11th or 12th grade, there's a picture of me walking down the hall, Buck holster on my hip, with my hemostats sticking out of it. (I used them for...umm...electronics work. And fishhooks. Yeah.)

Bullshitted by Tennessee Budd on January 8, 2007 02:54 PM

Eric,
I don't carry a knife. I travel too much, and it would get confiscated.

My Dad always has a pocketknife in his bib overalls. Even though the blades are so dull, you couldn't cut a string with it.

Bullshitted by Jerry on January 8, 2007 04:25 PM

I do! And I love my knife... I carry it in my purse and it comes in handy all of the time.

Bullshitted by Richmond on January 8, 2007 04:30 PM

Oh, and *ping*. :-) (damn the nonexistent trackbacks...)

Bullshitted by Richmond on January 8, 2007 07:55 PM

I've carried a knife with me ever since I was a teenager. I've always referred to it as my handy-dandy pocket knife. For the last 16 years it's been a Swiss Army Boy Scout knife. However, age and use has started to take it's toll on the poor thing. I'm looking to replace it.

But yes, the only time I don't carry it is when I get on a plane. Every day it comes to work with me.

Bullshitted by Contagion on January 8, 2007 08:39 PM

I have several knives, ranging from the very small Swiss Army knife on my keychain, which I use regularly for all sorts of things, to a couple real Swiss Army knives that I always travel with (not in my carry-on). Hell, I saved the day in the Tennessee sleepin' place when the only corkscrew available at about 3 AM was the one on my Swiss Army knife. I also have a couple folding pig stickers in a few places around the house. Finally, I have a hunting knife (with sheath) that my dad bought me when I was about five.

We also used to play various games with them when we were kids (e.g. Stretch).

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on January 8, 2007 09:29 PM

Absolutely. I'm not s'posed to, of course, bening a casually dressed tech support professional, but i'll be damned (probably, at any rate) if i'm going to go to work without my Leatherman Wave (first series without the interchangable screwdrivers, thanks muchly) and my SOG quick open dealie that's sharp enough to shave with (if i were to do such a damned fool thing). A pocket knife is a necessity, gotdammit, and I'll be hanged if i can't carry one (cause if i can, it'll be sharp enough to cut me down)

:-D

Bullshitted by tommy on January 8, 2007 10:11 PM

Yeah, I've always carried a pocket knife. Now, it's a little Schrade lock-blade, but over the years I've had Buck, Old Timer, Case, Gerber, Kershaw and Swiss Army knives that I've carried. Of course I have a few hunting and skinning knives, too. My favorite is a custom made drop-point skinning knife I got for my 40th birthday. I love knives, period.

Bullshitted by Dash on January 9, 2007 02:27 PM

My dad, who is 90, still has his in his pocket and I carry a small Swiss on my keys. Guess it just runs in the family.

Bullshitted by Sailynn on January 9, 2007 03:19 PM

Not too many knives, unfortunately. A baby Victorinox for office, a regular Victorinox for weekends, a Leatherman, a Gerber Gator for bra straps, a 6" Buck fixed blade for hillbilly girls' bra straps, and my old man's Camillus M3 trench knife from WWII, which I've been meaning to talk to you about getting rehabbed and sharpened. I need a sheath for it, too. Camillus sells one, but it doesn't look much better than the knockoffs.

Bullshitted by Velociman on January 9, 2007 07:10 PM

I always carry my Leatherman on me - church, work, you name it. I miss my old switchblades but haven't the cash right now to get a Cold Steel one.

And of course there's my new little push blade that I keep in my purse until I can make a sheath for it to carry on me.

I feel lost without a knife on me.

Bullshitted by LadyGunn on January 11, 2007 07:12 PM

Yes, I carry a pocket knife. In my purse when I go to work, but on most weekends around the house and in the woods, it's in my pocket. Before we liquidated in 1987, my family had a couple of hardware stores, started by my Pappy. I loved working in the hardware store. Learned, among a ton of other things, to sharpen a knife, handle firearms, rig a fishing rod, plumb a toilet, plait a rope, bend and cut copper tubing. Well you get the idea! My mother always gave male high school graduates a small Case pocketknife as a gift. She even put one away for my son before she died, when he was only 3 yrs old. I've been meaning to tell you, too, that my son is in the Marines. He's in his 9th year. But I just read your post "Hello" where you mention being high shooter- in your series? Is that more than just one platoon? My son was high shooter in his platoon! Made me very proud!!
I do hope we get to meet someday, 'beloved king who grants wishes.'
:)

Bullshitted by Lolly on January 18, 2007 09:05 PM

Mr. Eric,
I found your entry quite pleasant to read. Consider, if you will, joining us on www.bladeforums.com . You seem very thoughtful about the subject. If not, thank you anyway, and thank you for your service.

Bullshitted by JC on April 5, 2007 05:29 AM

You should check out www.bladeforums.com. I think you'd fit right in!

Bullshitted by mnblade on April 5, 2007 07:42 AM

Hey Eric...

Another vote for www.bladeforums.com

Theres a thread about your blog..
Drop in,, you'll fit in just fine with us...

Eric E. Noeldechen
On/Scene Tactical
www.onscenetactical.com

Bullshitted by Eric E. Noeldechen on April 5, 2007 08:09 AM

fifty years ago, as a new 2d lieutenant in Germany, our USAREUR?7th Army Engineer decreed that the uniform for an engineer officer in USAREUR included a notebook with writing instrument and a pocket knife. He said that if he ever went on a job site and found an engineer officer without those items, it would cost the officer $100 to the Army Emergency Relief fund. Since then, I am not properly dressed without a pocket knive. I have several. My favorite is a Camillus model 72, Boy Scout Whittler. Others include a Puma two-blade wooden handled folding knife, a Victorinex swiss army knife and whatever else I think appropriate or is comfortable in my pocket.
JC

Bullshitted by Julian Carnes on July 26, 2007 07:52 PM

Of course I'm carrying a pocket knife!
A small one for daily use and a bigger one or a folding knife in a sheath for the outdoors.
I tend to like the classic patterns and have severeal trappers and stockmans, a few whittlers and muskrats, and of course some small lockbacks and linerlocks from several manufacturers.
The smaller swiss knives from Victorinox and Wenger are also great for EDC.

I may be old fashioned, but I do not like serrated edges. I find that a plain egde kept
razor sharp will handle about everything.
My hope is that I will never grow to old to do some whittling once in a while, and a serrated edge is no good for that.


Those of you that prefer serrated edges, why is that?

A Norwegian

Bullshitted by A Norwegian on August 5, 2007 01:19 PM