What knives did you use when growing up.

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  1. DDeegs

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    I remember using my knife. A stockman, to peel my oranges in the high school cafeteria, without a second look. I can see my boys getting expelled for the same thing now.
     
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  2. Boattale

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    Those old yellow fishing knives are worth real money these days. I had one with a hook sharpening stone (groove for the hook) in the handle. Have no idea where it is now but wish I did.
     
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  3. rabid wombat

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    I knew that game as stretch....played it a lot as a Boy Scout....another variant, start with the feet spread and throw the knife between the feet and move inward....luckily, no one went to the hospital...

    Had a variety of knives that were rapidly were lost. The first one I got, that I actually kept...Case Sodbuster Jr. a great little knife...

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  4. Boattale

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    Great story. 110 has a special place in my heart too. Bought one from the ship exchange of the USS Mobile in 1973 while we were cruising around the South China Sea. Learned how to sharpen a knife with it and a sharpening kit bought at the same time. Like you, I find them a little too heavy for EDC these days. But rest assured, there is one in my top drawer - and there always will be.
     
  5. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Like this stainless steel Case?

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  6. Boattale

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    Similar. I think mine was Kabar though and the stone was more flush with the scales.
     
  7. Boattale

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    This one



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  8. Paul R Zartman
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    Barlow and old timer for me, later a swiss
     
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  9. bannockburn

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    My first knife was a four blade Imperial Kamp-King pocket knife which I got for selling magazine subscriptions for school. Had a few other pocket knives as I was growing up, mostly Schrade, or when I could afford it, the occasional Case. Out of high school and working I bought quite a few surplus knives from Atlanta Cutlery like an Ontario version of the Ka-Bar and their Air Force Survival Knife. Was a fan of Puma Knives but I couldn't afford the more expensive models with their nicer finishes so I found a few of their knives which were more affordable. I was also big into Gerber knives as I liked their designs, build quality, and very reasonable prices!
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  10. If1HitU

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    I carry a Case xx yellow handle two blades for most of my teen years.:thumbup:
     
  11. HiDive

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    Four blade Scout knives and Italian stilettos, until 1973 when I bought my first Gerber Mark II.
     
  12. 460Shooter

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    Just cheap beaters for me that I picked up hear or there. I was used to lock back knives, and they were my preferred design. Broke a few. Beat a few to death. Didn't know anything about what makes a good knife, or what I preferred.

    I remember the first time I came across a liner lock knife. I thought "What the hell kind of cheap lock is this?" I bought it anyway, and it has actually never failed in 20 some years. The pivot came apart though last year, and it's some weird proprietary thing. No idea what kind of tool would be used to tighten it. Now it sits in my desk at work as an orange peeling knife. Not going to rely on something that's fallen apart once already.

    My current lineup of knives makes my "growing up" knives look like total junk.
     
  13. mdauben

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    When I was young, I had a very limited access to knives. I had an official Boy Scout knife my parents bought me when I was in the scouts. I replaced that with a swiss army knife in my teens. I also had a Ka-Bar that I picked up from the local Army/Navy surplus store. The later two made up my tool kit when camping and backpacking.

    It was not until I was out of college and working that I developed a serious interest in knives (and had the cash to feed that interest).
     
  14. dvcrsn

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    I carried Scout knives as a kid
     
  15. D.B. Cooper

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    This is true about a lot of material things.
     
  16. D.B. Cooper

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    Perusing the responses here, I'm glad to see the SAK getting so much love. I feel it's a much maligned tool.

    My first knife was a gift from my dad about age 10; a Pakistani knock-off of a Buck 110. Total POS, but it's what I wanted at the time. I must have used the heck out of it and then lost it. I found it, decades later, after my father's passing, in a small drawer in his tool box. Blade wobbles a lot.

    The only other knives I remember from my childhood was a Scout knife followeb by an SAK, which was a gift from my maternal grandfather. The scout knife was essentially identical in every way to the amp King knives I've seen pictured in this thread, except that there was the BSA fleur de lis logo where it would otherwise say "Kamp King." No idea the manufacturer. The SAK was, I believe, a Wegner. It had all of the usual tools as well as some sort of hooked blade, like you would use for cutting carpet. Not sure what happened to either of them, but, after that, I was hooked on SAK. I don't think I've owned anything other than an SAK since.
     
  17. John Joseph

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    A blue Camillus Cub Scout knife from third grade I had up through college.
    Lost it in a car wreck that totaled my '68 VW.
     
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  18. D.B. Cooper

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    So I wonder if Camillus was the only maker of "official" scout knives. I can' recall whom made mine, but I remember the Boy Scout and Cub Scout versions being identical other than the logo and the color of the scales.
     
  19. Valkman

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    I just bought 5 SAKs, 2 for grandkids and 3 for me. I believe my first knife was the Cub Scout knife also, but later also fell in love with different SAK versions and have all different kinds.
     
  20. rust collector
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    Here's a link to a site that discusses the various makers of Boy Scouts knives and axes. I don't know what kind of licensing revenue these ever produced, but I would bet that it diminished significantly once production moved offshore. http://www.scoutknives.net/index.php/boy-scout-knives-1
     
  21. CleanDean

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    I also used a Barlow , made in Ireland. "Sabre" was the blade model. It stayed sharper than the next one.

    "lmperial" by Barlow (clip point)... made in Providence, R.I. was bought after the Sabre's handle broke ; and I fixed it with a non countersunk screw. ( at least I color matched the screw with Testors brown model paint.
     
  22. D.B. Cooper

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    A BUNCH of revenue. And still does.
     
  23. qwert65

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    Sak and a schrade old timer
     
  24. Ironicaintit

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    The earliest one I can recall was a hand-me-down Buck 110, with the obligatory broken tip.
    learned how to sharpen knives, and cut the hell out of myself with that one.

    I was mostly running around the woods with a machete. Learned about springy wood, blade deflection and how to pack your own wounds with that one!
     
  25. Browning

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    Growing up? I think my first knife was one that my grandmother helped me get when I was a kid when the Blue Chip Stamps stores went out of business in the late 70’s.

    It was yellow, small and looked just like this one.
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