from my favorite remaining veteran


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OH_Spartan
November 10, 2013, 06:58 PM
I have been saving this thread for veterans day. My grandfather served in WWII and Korea. His health is failing so they recently sold many of their belongings to down size their home. The photo attached shows some of the items that made their way to me. None of the items shown have much commercial value but are not for sale anyway.

As a boy during the Depression, he owned firearms for hunting but did not use them later in life. He was best known for fishing and as a boy he used to take me fishing and use the fly reel shown here. I managed to snag three of only a few knives he owned. The one that means the most to me is the small case 3-blade. He refused to throw away anything that still had value. He carried this knife in his pocket for decades, as evidenced by the shape of the blades. I think of his resourcefulness whenever I see it, but ironically it will now become a safe queen and likely never be used again. He would say I am "wasting" it to preserve a "don't waste" character. The other two knives were in an old tackle box and he probably found them at the lake.

Thanks Vets!

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OH_Spartan
November 10, 2013, 07:03 PM
Hopefully photo attached.

Valkman
November 10, 2013, 07:24 PM
Great story and thanks for sharing. I don't think I'd use that Case knife either.

Outlaw Man
November 11, 2013, 08:57 AM
Awesome! The nice thing about Case is you can't really say, "they made em so much better back then." I agree, keep that one in the safe, buy a new one that's as close as you can find to it, carry it everywhere, and pass them both down to your grandson.

bannockburn
November 11, 2013, 09:50 AM
OH_Spartan

Your photo deminded me of some of the things we found at my grandparents home when we cleaned out their place prior to selling it. I still have two fishing reels, a Shakespeare and a Zebco, like new in their original boxes along with several pocket knives which had seen many years of daily use. Probably to most others they're not worth much but to me they're a very meaningful connection to the past and to the times we shared together. Thanks for sharing.

bannockburn
November 11, 2013, 09:51 AM
Duplicate post.

Deltaboy
November 15, 2013, 03:33 PM
Good finds ENJOY.

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