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Old 12-25-2016, 05:57 PM
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Well, my son is getting older and while his new .22 will most likely be for his birthday, he is spending a lot of time outdoors, especially fishing, and it's about time he got a good pocket knife. So for Christmas I got him one. It's got the spear points which are good for him and of course he'll get plenty of adult supervision and it's in his favorite color.

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Old 12-25-2016, 06:33 PM
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I still have my first knife... a Boy Scout sheath knife. Been with me for 59 years now. Always something about the first...
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I still have my first "real" knife. A Browning folder with a belt sheath given to me at parents night at Boy Scout camp when I was 13 . . .
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I still have a nice scar from my first knife.
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I still have a nice scar from my first knife.
Cracked me up !!! Same here !!

Not a real "saver" type person.

I have bought two nice Hen & Rooster pocket knives earlier
this year. I like them for an everyday utility knife around the
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Well, my son is getting older and while his new .22 will most likely be for his birthday, he is spending a lot of time outdoors, especially fishing, and it's about time he got a good pocket knife. So for Christmas I got him one. It's got the spear points which are good for him and of course he'll get plenty of adult supervision and it's in his favorite color.

Then, It's about time to get him into Boy Scouts. That Totem Chip training (must have to carry a knife or use an ax), along with everthing else, will serve him well.

My son started as a Tiger, and is one Merit Badge and a project away from Eagle.

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Everybody I know well remembers who gave him his first knife. Way to go dad!
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Wow to those that still have their first knife. Cant remember my first knife but I do know it was the first of a couple dozen that I wore out and threw away.
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Traditional type pocket knives are ...well...traditional after all. Nothing
wrong with that but there are far better knives for a boy interested in
hunting and fishing than the old style non locking folding knife. A small
quality fixed blade like the Buck 102 Woodsman is light, inexpensive
and will last a lifetime with minimal care. Much better and easier to
clean for the messy work associated with hunting and fishing and
safer to boot than any non locking folder. Since prices are reasonable
there's nothing wrong with having both.
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The best knife is the one you have with you. Plenty of people have cleaned plenty of fish and game with small folders. The boy will have no reason (other than school) ever to leave that canoe behind.

If it is like most of mine, that Rough Rider will shave arm hair right out of the box. Those thin blades will cut better than a lot of bigger, more expensive knives.

Nothing wrong with the Buck either, but if he needs a fixed blade, he will figure it out soon enough.
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I had knives that were rusted or broken pointed, they had been dad's or Uncle John's or even Grandfather's. But in January 1969, my 18 year old brother gave me my first BRAND NEW knife, for my 13th birthday. A Case XX two blade folder with brown bone scales. In those days a boy could carry a folding knife in his pocket anywhere. Just don't goof around with it! Since that Friday night, there has been a knife in my pocket, or on my belt. In my Tuxedo, on my wedding day, there was a knife in my pocket.

Since 9/11/01 I have been on 4 airplane trips, To Florida and back, twice. The indignity of being searched was bad enough, but being forbidden a pocket knife is worse! I just would rather drive. Actually I would rather have my country back!

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I've got an ammo can full of various knives I've had over the years. I have carried a knife every day (except when on an airplane) since I was in kindergarten (about 70 years ago). My favorite for the past 10 years has been a Kershaw Leek, plus my little Swiss gentleman knife with toothpick.
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I don't remember my first knife, but I bet it was a Case because that is what Dad had. I could never forget my first gun. I was 10, it was a Winchester .410 pump.
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I don't remember my first knife, but I bet it was a Case because that is what Dad had. I could never forget my first gun. I was 10, it was a Winchester .410 pump.
A Case pocket knife and a Winchester 42 shotgun. Life gets no better. That little 410 goes for big bucks these days.
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Congratulations David on getting your son a real pocket knife. Like H Richards I have had a folder in my pockets since first grade or before. Unlike H my one room school house did not have a kindergarten, just 1st through 8th, 13 students in all. I was the valedictorian of my class. The wife never fails to mention that I was the only person in my grade. I have a LEEK as well and just cant get used to the design or material. I am a classic slip joint kind of guy. I am telling my age when I mention the 'bumps' on the main blade pull. Who besides myself know why? If you know, you are telling your age.
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My first knife was a John Primble 4 blade. I got it for Christmas when I was 10. I still have it tucked away somewhere.
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That's a lovely canoe, my favorite shape.
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Good job, Dad.

I was telling someone the other day, I remember getting my first pocket knife around 7 years old and widdled wood with it, cleaned fish, and took it camping regularly. We did a lot of camping when I was a kid. Good times. When not is use, I just put it in the kitchen drawer at home with the rest of the utensils. I guess times have changed a lot even in my lifetime, it was then and still is just a tool. Was in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, made Eagle Scout, and recall taking the class for permission to carry a knife (we were given a card, right???) and thought it was just a lot of common sense stuff; but I guess I took for granted at the time that my dad spent the time to teach me how to use one properly and the responsibility that went a long with it.

Very happy to hear of the memories for you and your son.
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Good job, Dad.

I was telling someone the other day, I remember getting my first pocket knife around 7 years old and widdled wood with it, cleaned fish, and took it camping regularly. We did a lot of camping when I was a kid. Good times. When not is use, I just put it in the kitchen drawer at home with the rest of the utensils. I guess times have changed a lot even in my lifetime, it was then and still is just a tool. Was in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, made Eagle Scout, and recall taking the class for permission to carry a knife (we were given a card, right???) and thought it was just a lot of common sense stuff; but I guess I took for granted at the time that my dad spent the time to teach me how to use one properly and the responsibility that went a long with it.

Very happy to hear of the memories for you and your son.
That card (and the pocket patch) is called your Totem Chip. Earning your Totem Chip is a big deal for a young scout. If you are observed violating a safety rule, the leader will request your Totem Chip, and cut a corner off it. Lose all four corners and you lose your ability to carry/use until you earn a new chip which involves retraining and observation of skills.

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That card (and the pocket patch) is called your Totem Chip. Earning your Totem Chip is a big deal for a young scout. If you are observed violating a safety rule, the leader will request your Totem Chip, and cut a corner off it. Lose all four corners and you lose your ability to carry/use until you earn a new chip which involves retraining and observation of skills.

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Thanks, I knew it didn't sound quite right. I just looked at my son's shirt , and you are right. It's been a long time since I carried mine!!!A boy's first knife

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I have to confess that I stole my first pocketknife seventy-one years ago when I was eight. Told my parents I'd found it, but I boosted it from a dime store. Little two-blade jack.

I've carried at least one knife every day since that beginning of my life of crime.

As each of my son's three boys reached age eight I gave him a Schrade sheath knife, the drop-point version of the popular Sharpfinger--158OT, as I recall. He was allowed to learn to use it under very strict supervision from his dad until he could be trusted with it. I chose that design because it's very useful--I've owned several and used them for all kinds of chores--and its shape doesn't lend itself to throwing.

As each boy got a year or two older I gave him a Victorinox Pioneer, the current name for the model with checkered alox scales that actually was Swiss Army issue for years.
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well I won my first real knife at beach bend park in bowling green KY way back in the early 1960's,

it was a sheath knife with a cowboy head at the top of the handle, I won it at the shooting gallery, i scored enough to get the nicer of the knifes on the prize board.

I packed that knife all that summer and into the fall cutting such things as baler twine , sharpening cane fishing poles, and frogs legs off of the frogs I would gig. even skinned a few squirrels with it.

but alas late in the fall we had moved the baler into the barn and was rebaleing some broken bales that was loose in the hay-loft, so in a rest break i started throwing it at a board, and one time it did not stick and fell in a crack below the hay and between the wood siding on the barn

that was the last time i saw that knife for 50 years and a friend who's dad had bought that farm and knew the story found the knife after a storm blowed the old barn down, and brought the knife back to me a year or so back

it was not as shiny as when I first won it, but it was still sharp , and a surprise to me was it was a German kissing crane knife, I would have bet that it was a imperial or something of that stature.

i carry a stag handled German bulldog canoe in my pocket all the time
now, i hope the son has a great deal of memories with the nice knife the OP gave him
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Knives made in Germany are usually great, nice to hear about yours.
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For anyone interested, Derrick Bohn has run a Knives for Kids program at KnivesShipFree.
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My Dad gave me an old pocket knife when I was about 6 years old. I remember that the bone handle was missing on one side and it was brass. A few years later I got a pair of boots that had a knife pocket on one of the boots, does anybody remember those ? I carried that knife in my boots for years. To this day I carry a pocket knife all the time.
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My first was my Cub Scout knife, a gift from my grandmother AFTER I earned my Totin' Chip. Next was an official Boy Scout knife from my folks. My troop forbade sheath knives until you made Eagle. I made Eagle, but never bothered to buy one. The old folder served well enough.

My EDC pocket knife (for ~40 years) was a Case that belonged to my grandpa until I realized I wouldn't want to lose it to TSA. I put his in the safe-deposit box and bought another.

The Army provided me a bayonet, which no one wanted back, and that was it until I bought a Buck 119 a couple of years ago.
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Good job, Dad.

I was telling someone the other day, I remember getting my first pocket knife around 7 years old and widdled wood with it, cleaned fish, and took it camping regularly. We did a lot of camping when I was a kid. Good times. When not is use, I just put it in the kitchen drawer at home with the rest of the utensils. I guess times have changed a lot even in my lifetime, it was then and still is just a tool. Was in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, made Eagle Scout, and recall taking the class for permission to carry a knife (we were given a card, right???) and thought it was just a lot of common sense stuff; but I guess I took for granted at the time that my dad spent the time to teach me how to use one properly and the responsibility that went a long with it.

Very happy to hear of the memories for you and your son.
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Where I worked they gave the mechanics pocket knives pretty regular. A friend of mine asked me if my five year old son could have one? I said yes because I think that boy was born grown. I told my boy that it wasn't a toy, it was a tool and should be used that way. I also told him that if he cut himself I would take it away until he was old enough to use it. About a week later I saw a nice straight light cut on his thumb and asked him what he had done to his thumb?

He looked me right in the eye and said "I hit it with a hammer."

I had successfully taught my son to lie. I just couldn't take it away from him.
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I still have my first knife that my parents gave me 30-something years ago. It's a Swiss Army Knife Explorer. At some point I had the handle scales replaced with rosewood panels. I stopped carrying it several years ago due to its sentimental value.
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Well, my son is getting older and while his new .22 will most likely be for his birthday, he is spending a lot of time outdoors, especially fishing, and it's about time he got a good pocket knife. So for Christmas I got him one. It's got the spear points which are good for him and of course he'll get plenty of adult supervision and it's in his favorite color.

That's a really cool thing, David LaPell... good stuff.
I never was "given" a knife. Always, always, always had to pay with a penny. Something about "if you don't pay with coin, you pay with blood." Means you'll surely cut yourself with a knife you didn't pay for....what was the other thing? Never hand an opened pocket knife to another man.

Anybody ever hear of either of those?
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Cub Scouts has the whittlin' chip card... Boy Scouts has the totin' chip card... I actually don't remember who gave me my first knife... could have been dad, aunt or uncle... I had an uncle that was a farmer that kept me in seed knives most of my youth... I still have most of them... it started a bad(?) habit that I still have... I would tell you how many, but don't have that much time...lol
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Here's my first knife. 3-3/4" long. Bought it with "my own money" (99 cents) at the Woolworth store in Wewoka, OK when I was 5. You can still see some of the decal on the sheath - "Souvenir of Wewoka, Okla." No brand name, but it does say USA on the blade.

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Good gift. A boy needs a knife for moral and physical support. He'll cut himself a couple of times. He'll learn quick how not to close the blade on his fingers.
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The indignity of being searched was bad enough, but being forbidden a pocket knife is worse! I just would rather drive. Actually I would rather have my country back!

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Same here, I got my first knife at 6 go for my birthday. A simple 4 blade SAK. My mother would take it from me in the morning, and I'd get it back after school.

Since graduating I have had a knife with me unless on a plane or in court.

I cannot fathom why any adult would not have a knife on them at all times.

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Congratulations on your son's first knife. Sadly, I don't have my first knife, but I remember it fondly. However, my son still has his; a Cub Scout folder. We wore out his first BB gun so last Christmas we gave Red Riders to all the guys. The son in laws had never fired a gun so we spent the afternoon having a blast perforating beer cans. He still has his first .22 that will be for his children his first shotgun and the M-1 Garand (rebuilt by Fulton Armory) the we gave him when he graduated the USCGA. Guns, knives and fishing poles seem to be the heirlooms that have true meaning in our family. Enjoy these things with your son, they are the memories you will both have forever and they grow up fast!
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When I was 6, my father gave me a red Lone Ranger pocket knife. I was thrilled beyond belief. Within a few days, I lost it and despaired. I told my father, expecting some kind of horrible punishment. Instead he bought me another pocket knife. I have carried a knife ever since age 6, except now when I'm on a plane. I've had many knives but will never forget that red Lone Ranger pocket knife.
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My first pocket knife was given to me when I was in Public School and is a Camilus brand (sort of a Boy Scout style knife) that was my Dad's US Navy knife during his WWll service. He broke the plastic (or Bakelite ) handles so the knife wares wooden slabs he hand carved and hand fitted. I would have posted a photo however I gave it to my son years ago and he now lives in another State so it's not readily available.

The blades are Carbon steel and have a nice dull gray patina on them, but the main blade is as sharp as hell. It also has the traditional U shaped swivel to hand from a belt clip and believe it or not we still have the original red box it came in.
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I gave my daughter a cheap Chinese assisted for her first. I looked it over and everything seemed solid. I'm sure the steel wasn't that great but it worked and took an edge well. Plus it was purple and had rhinestones on it so it caught her attention. Her second knife was a Kershaw Scallion. There are a lot of the kershaw onion styles in my house. I like them

My first was a smaller buck lockback folder kind of a mini 110. I just don't remember the number or where it went.
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My girlfriend's oldest son gave his son (11) his first knife for Christmas. A nice Buck 3 blade Stockman.

My Grandfather gave me my first knife when I was about 6. A good old dollar Barlow from the local general store. Of course I cut myself right off and soon lost it.
I went through several of those cheap Barlows as a kid.
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