Your 1st knife

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  1. jmr40

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    I got a new knife for Christmas, but that isn't important. It got me thinking about my 1st one and I wanted to share my story and invite others to share theirs.

    My mother grew up on a farm along Stony Creek near Elizabethton TN. That's right in the NE tip of Tennessee. The North Carolina and Virginia state lines were both only a few minutes away. My maternal grandfather was a WW-1 vet whose lungs were damaged by gas and he suffered his whole life from it. He died in 1964 when I was only 6.

    My mom ended up in Georgia and one of her sisters was living in Kentucky at the time. They would travel every summer back to TN and spend several weeks helping grandmother work in the garden and can for the winter. Our dads would drop us off and come back a few weeks later.

    I was about 10, my older cousin about 12 and we both decided we wanted a pocketknife. We had a few dollars and the D.R. Grindstaff country store was down on the main highway at the end of the "Holler" where grandmother lived. We would walk down there quite often to pick up Root Beer and candy so we knew our moms wouldn't care if we went. We weren't sure they would approve of a knife but were working on the principle that forgiveness was easier to get than permission.

    But when we got to the store, he was sold out of most everything. We knew of another store on the main road going back into town, so we set off. It was a LOT farther than we had remembered. It only took a few minutes by car, but we were gone for hours and never missed. Our moms were working and didn't even know we were gone.

    The next store had a well-stocked supply of Sabre knives. A little history of Sabre knives here.

    Japanese "Sabre" Brand Knives - All About Pocket Knives

    I bought a 3 blade stockman with black handles like the bottom one in this photo. I can't recall the exact price but know it was under $2.

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    I have no idea what happened to that knife. But my other grandfather gave me 2 of his knives a few years later. A small Case 2 blade Peanut style knife and a no-name brand Barlow. I kept those knives for years, but have recently passed one to my son, the other to my daughter.
     
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  2. Armored farmer

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    My first knife was a small handmade bone handled bowie+sheath made by a local primitive craftsman.. he was about 90 at the time. His name was Palmer Snider. He was something a local legend in turn of the century outdoorsman skills. He claimed to see a mule drown in the harness on main Street Tulsa, ok during the oil boom there...
    Anyway I wore it on my belt religiously as a farm boy of 10ish

    I was running in a waist high wheat field with my grandpa's bird dog when I noticed was missing from the sheath. I searched and searched for it. My family helped look too.
    I get a lump in my throat about it to this day. 47 years later. The house and farmstead is gone now and I farm over the site. I rarely walk on that area without thinking of it.

    I'm thinking about have Kyle Woodard of Olde dominion forge make me a recreation...maybe that would cure my lump?!
     
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    My first knife was an Imperial single blade slip joint with a clip point, probably 2" long. It was obtained at the F W Woolworth store for the princely sum of $0.50, if I recall correctly, and it was money I had earned. It was crafted of highest quality sheet metal, adorned with a cracked ice acetate overlay so as to emulate finer knives of the day. It went everywhere with me, and taught me how to sharpen and maintain a useful tool. It was eventually lost, but Dad gave me a small Western stacked leather handle sheath knife soon after.
     
  4. Bazoo

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    Mine was a schrade old timer 3 blade small stockman. At ten, for Christmas. I promptly stabbed myself in the palm opening other packages. I learned. It started a lifelong addiction and passion.

    I am not sure what happened to it.

    When I was about 14 we went to a store that had used items and I bought a case ridgeback skinner for $20. It was a sweet knife for a kid.

    Then sometime later I got a case jack knife with red handle and a trapper with smooth purple Appaloosa bone, both for $20 each. Had them all a long time and finally traded the latter two on a gun swap. I been trying to replace them all now. Memories.
     
  5. JFrame

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    My "first knife" was a cheap little black lockback stiletto I bought, as a kid, from a mail-order novelty store called the Johnson Smith Company (I looked it up, and was surprised to see it survived as an online store till 2020 :eek:). The stiletto was somewhat pointy and had the edge of a butter knife. I carried that sucker around for years (again, as a child). It was surprisingly durable, and I used it as everything from a pick to a mini-prybar. I even sometimes used it as a knife, to cut very brittle tape. :D I can't remember for sure what I paid for it, but $1.99 sticks in my mind.

    I inherited my first real knife (a USMC Ka-bar) from my dad -- it was a bring-back from WWII.

    The first real knife I bought with my own $$$ was this S&W lockback in the 1970s. It came literally razor sharp -- I remember a buddy spilled quite a bit of blood trying to close it (back when folks were generally unfamiliar with anything but slip-joints). This knife was a workhorse, from everything from camp duties to cutting carpeting in an old apartment. It's still solid to this day, but I've long retired it for other one-hand opening knives.

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    That S&W is a beauty!
     
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  7. theotherwaldo

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    My first knife had a polished chert blade set in an antler grip.
    Our neighbor, an Apache medicine man that used the name Push-Me-Ta-Ha, gave it to me after I finished beading the sheath.
    I was three years old.
     
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  8. JFrame

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    Thank you, Sir! :)
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

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    My first knife looked like a small Buck 110. I think it was a 55. I got it a fruit market in about 1976. I had the leather belt sheath that snapped shut that was all the rage back in the day. My belt had my name on the back and my buckle was some big round black and silver job with some kinda silver dollar in it. I was quite the stylish 3rd grader.
     
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    A Camillus BSA stockman I got from the camp store in about '85. I was technically too young to buy it myself, so I gave the money to one of the older boys to purchase it for me. Not exactly in keeping with the finest traditions of the Scouts, I suppose......:confused:

    I swear I saw it around here about ten years ago, but several hard-target searches since have turned up lots of loose change, but no pocket knives. :(
     
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  11. RA40

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    I was about 8-9'ish when wandering Kmart with mom that I saw the folding knife display case with various slip joints. Mentioned to mom that I liked a 2 blade they had in there. She looked at it and mentioned to the salesman she'd take one. It was a Kmart brand with black jigged bone handle made in Japan in those days. She told me that all her brothers had knives from about my age and felt it was fine for me to have one too. It was stolen when I left it on a table to retrieve something while at a Boyscout gathering. Mom replaced it and I don't know what happened to that knife as knives were not allowed to be carried in school. The knife went into a drawer or box somewhere.
     
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  12. Nasty Canasta

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    Boy Scout “Be Prepared” folder. It’s still around here somewhere.
     
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  13. rabid wombat

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    Several “firsts” were lost to time….the first I kept was a Case Sodbuster Junior….it was bought at a Hardware store in West, TX…probably either on a trip to Grandmothers, or dropping my brother off at school…guessing early to mid-70’s…a great little knife!

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  14. 1KPerDay

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    My first knife was given to my by my dad, and it was given to him by his dad, I believe. It was a boy scout knife that looked a lot like the middle one in your pic. I gave it to my son when he turned 12 and he promptly lost it. :(
     
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    Love it... Now that is a knife with true character! :thumbup:
     
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    My 1st knife was a Barlow 2 blade i think it was. My father bought for me when i was 7 or 8.
     
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    One of these:

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    My second, third, and fourth were the same thing. I kept losing them.
     
  18. Bazoo

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    I've been giving a lot of thought to what knife to give my son, when he's of age. I'm thinking a lockback drop point blade, like the schrade 5ot. Guess we'll see
     
  19. jmr40

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    My wife and I took our 2 oldest grandkids on a trip from GA to CO this summer. The girl is 13, her cousin 11. We pulled a small travel trailer and spent 2 weeks total. I figured they were old enough to carry a knife and I gave them each one of these Buck 112 Slimlines. They liked the blue color and they were easy to find if dropped. These are a decent knife, but not overly expensive. Around $25 each

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  20. badkarmamib

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    My first knife was a Victorinox Huntsman in black, my 12th Christmas present. It had to be replaced under warranty, the replacement lives in my hiking FAK.

    All 3 of my kids, at 8-ish, depending on maturity, and after showing safety, proficiency, and respect, got a cheap knife out of my junk drawer. After a year of producing it on demand at random intervals, and letting me know when it needed sharpening, each got to pick out a permanent knife up to $100.

    Older son picked the Case XX Trapper Limited, younger son picked a Victorinox EvoGrip 14, and the youngest, my daughter, got the pink camo Victorinox Classic. All were very careful to decide what they needed in a knife, and all have since rewarded my faith in their respect of the tool.
     
  21. earlthegoat2

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    Swiss Army Camper

    Amazingly, I still have it.

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  22. gryphon1911

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    I got my first knife from my father. At 8 years old, he imparted some wisdom to me.

    He said, "Never leave home without cash, a hankie and a knife in your pocket."

    It was a double bladed folder similar to the one that the OP posted. A hankie is not something I ever carried, but I always have the other 2.
    My father is no longer with us, as he passed (thankfully) just before COVID 19 hit the US.

    My wife, knowing who I am, got me this:
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    "Give 'em a handful there kid" was my dad's way of letting us kids know that we should give it our all, put our best foot forward. I don't carry this knife or the original knife my father gave me, but the lesson, respect, and usefulness of always having a knife on me is something I will never forget, will always abide and pass along to as many others that want to listen to me!

    Thanks for providing this thread and giving us the opportunity to share.
     
  23. Barry the Bear

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    My first knife was actually a leatherman SideClip, I was about 11, and dad said I was old enough, my son is 8 soon and asking asking a knife, I will wait til he's about 10 or 11 and might start off with a side clip as well
     
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    A leather an side clip is an uncommon model. I carry a leatherman original daily. Very handy item to have.
     
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  25. Double_J

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    My fist knife was either a knock off Swiss army knife or a K-Mart brand 3 blade stockman. Both were well used / abused by me at the age of 10. Sadly both have been long since lost, as have multiple replacements for each (darn things grow legs and walk into someone else's pocket if you don't watch them carefully).
     
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