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Old 02-11-2021, 06:06 PM
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I'll start with a Camillus Cub Scout Knife. 57(!) years.
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My grandmother brought this Wenger Swiss Army knife back from Switzerland in the 1950's and gave it to my dad, who gave it to me when I was eleven years old. I've had it now for 61 years.
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Bought this Sears Buffalo Skinner when I was just a Wee Laddie.
Skinned many a Buf (squirrel) with it.
Wore out the original sheath.
Made a sheath, wore that one out.
Itís most likely a Western.
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I was 5 or 6 when my oncle offered me this one.

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The zippo is just for size reference.
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Mine's a Shrade-Walden, model H-15. Dad got it for me when I was around 10 or 11 for my birthday I think. It's actually in great condition, as is the sheath, although the sheath needs a rivet replaced.
I'd post a picture, but my electric service lines are frozen up.
Honest, since I got this new computer I can't post pictures with it. I'll figure it out.
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I made this myself in the early 1960's when I was about 10 years old. I've still got scars from trying to shape the blade. It was stuck into the side of the barn and I jammed a thumb into the sharp edge when the file slipped.

The handle is from a 2 x 4 and the rivets are 20-penny common nails. The blade is from a chunk of flotsam picked up on the Oregon coast while beachcombing for agates. If I recall correctly the guard is a bit of radiator brass.

I saved up my grade school milk money to buy the sheath.
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Case mini trapper from back when Case still made decent knives (IMO) that I bought in an old fashion wood floored / 40 foot high shelves on the walls hardware store in the little town where my parents grew up in western KY... Bought it while I was in high school in the early 70s.

The SECOND oldest was another Mini Trapper that my wife bought me for my first Fathers Day in 1978.

Still have both, still carry both. I don't know that Case even made a "Pocket Worn" series that early and if the did, if either one of these were of that series. All I know is that now days they are both nice and smooth and pocket worn the hard way.
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A Swiss Army Explorer I got from my parents as a young teenager over 30 years ago (1987ish...?). I had the handle slabs replaced with stabilized rosewood. It still has the original pen, toothpick, and tweezers. Used to carry it all the time, until sentiment made me put it aside and switch to something I didn't mind losing or getting damaged.

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The one stuck in my back from my first wife.....

But, I digress...I've had this Gerber for about 25 years now.

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Mine's a Victorianox Spartan that I've had since 1979, when I replaced the 1973 original SAK I lost in the snow while ski touring and mountaineering in the Wind River Range of WY. The original apparantly fell out of my Woolrich heavy weight knickers when I dropped them during an off trail rest stop in the Titcomb Valley, en route to a winter ascent of Gannett Peak, Wyoming's tallest. Those were glory days. I wish I was that young again. We slept in snow caves, or stomped out snow for a 3-man tent for 10 days.
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I made this myself in the early 1960's when I was about 10 years old. I've still got scars from trying to shape the blade. It was stuck into the side of the barn and I jammed a thumb into the sharp edge when the file slipped.

The handle is from a 2 x 4 and the rivets are 20-penny common nails. The blade is from a chunk of flotsam picked up on the Oregon coast while beachcombing for agates. If I recall correctly the guard is a bit of radiator brass.

I saved up my grade school milk money to buy the sheath.
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My first Scout knife,Imperial Kamp King and Camillus long line cubscout.
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Iíve owned a CRKT folder since about 1999. Itís been around.
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That would be my Puma Skinner I bought back in 67. Around $30 and according to the marking made in 1966. Still looks mint as it was never used. Should be worth a few bucks on E-Bay!
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This is the first knife I remember getting. It is a Boker Tree Brand. Just disregard the holster.
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I got this Remington Knife from my father in 1962 when I joined BSA. It had been his since I believe, the late 30's

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I have a no name stockman that was made in Solingen German that my grandpa gave me over 50 years ago.
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Hubby's grandpa's electricians knife, from 1930. He always carried it, and was a journeyman electrician at the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 1936 to at least 1947.



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Impossible to disregard such a beautiful carved holster.

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A Swiss Army Explorer I got from my parents as a young teenager over 30 years ago (1987ish...?). I had the handle slabs replaced with stabilized rosewood. It still has the original pen, toothpick, and tweezers. Used to carry it all the time, until sentiment made me put it aside and switch to something I didn't mind losing or getting damaged.

mine is an Explorer too. '77ish? before they added the hook, and when they still had the 8x glass magnifier in the grey plastic. Still had a screw for the scissors pivot. I had a Swiss family on my paper route, and they brought it back for me when they went to visit family is Switzerland. I was keeping their yard watered, and this was an unexpected bonus.
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The Automotive Swiss Army was a gift from a friend in 1965 and the Voyager around the same time. The Automotive was used every day for 30 years when I worked as a Mercedes mechanic.

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I've still got this old Japanese Browning Sportsman folder with the scabbard. My dad gave it to me in the mid-70's for my first year as a Boy Scout Camp staffer . . .
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Iím going to sound like Guy Clark here but...

My grandfathers Randall...he passed when I was 9, 30 years ago. My grandmother knew I loved the knife so she called me upstairs a few days after his funeral. She said she wanted me to have it before my uncles had a chance to go through his stuff.
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My first Boy Scout knife, received for Christmas 1959. The original sheath died an honorable death many years ago, covered with dried out rubber bands and duct tape residue. It was replaced with this custom item by Chris Kravitt of Treestump Leather in Waltham, Maine. (Chris specializes in knife sheaths of all kinds).

During an airborne assignment with the Marines in Second ANGLICO in the 1980's this blade served as my jump knife for somewhere around 30 paradrops. (The Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic required each parachutist to carry a sheath knife, and I never really warmed up to the issued Kabar).

Dressed out my first buck with it, too.

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The oldest knife I had was my Dad's WWll era Camillus folding pocket knife (same as the Boy Scout version) but made for the USN. He gave it to me when I was 5 years old if memory serves, however I can't post a picture of it because I gave it to my son a few years back. I even gave him the original red box it came in.

The original plastic (Bakelite ??) scales had cracked during his service in the US Navy so he carved a new set out of wood and installed those. They are still in good shape and have survived all these years. The blades (carbon steel of course) are a bit stained but still sharp enough to shave with - at least they were when I gave it to my Son..... Hopefully he will keep it in the family!

Actually he and his wife are coming to visit soon and I'll ask him to bring it with him if it needs a good sharpening.

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Actually I just recalled, I do have his WWll USN sheath knife still in its original gray phenolic belt sheath. If I can dig it out, I
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I acquired this Buck Woodsman in the late 1970s. It was given to me by my friend after I lent him a SAK which he then lost somewhere on his sailboat:



I gave it to my third son when he was 10 or so, but he left it at home when he went off to college. I sent it back to Buck last year for Buck's "spa treatment." This last Christmas, my son's 27th birthday, I presented it to him again. (He was well pleased, and took it with him this time, darn it!)

The knife I have now that has been longest in my possession has only been with me since 1995, the year of my father's passing. It is Cattaraugus 225Q which he carried in the Pacific as a Marine in WWII. I recall it from my childhood in the 1950s. I must have been five or so, over 60 years ago, when my dad taught me the word "groove" when I asked him what the fuller was. I admired the knife a lot as a kid, and it is a treasure to me now.


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I have two knives I inherited from my father when he passed in 1971. One is a Queen 5" double blade folder with blonde wood grips. He carried it everyday since I could ever remember. It is still razor sharp after all these years. The second is a butterfly knife which has a red ball (sun?) on a white background and black ends.

My few other knives are mostly Gerber. I have a Command one which I purchased in 1981. When I do carry a knife, it is an HK Benchmade flipper.
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Got it for Boy Scouts in fifth grade. Don't think I need to say where I ordered it from. I always like the Wenger Swiss Army better because of the locking blade. In college, had a nice Wenger watch too.
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A schrade Uncle Henry I recieved in 1977 for my 11th bday...my Dad said he wanted to see me still using it till I am 80....he's gone and I have 25-1/2 years to go lol....I wanted a Buck 110 or 112 and he picked the Uncle Henry for me which I love even more...on my 12th bday, I wanted a .22 rifle with a clip magazine and they instead gave me a Savage model 24 in .22lr/20 guage...I still cherish both gifts...
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I have what is called a "camp knife". Probably have it at least 60 years.

It's literally the 4th knife in from the bottom on the right and the black one next to it is my twin brother's similar knife. Various blades, etc. I recall using it mostly to play "stretch" in our front yard.




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Western Skinning knife. Had it in Viet Nam 55 years ago.
Bought it around 1960.
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I have an old Barlow folder I bought at the age of 7 in 1961. I replaced the center pin with a sawed off framing nail and riveted the edges when I was 15 or so. It doesn't get out much but it is still mine.
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I still have the first knife I bought for myself. It is a Buck which I purchased in the fall of 1969 at the Mt Home AFB BX. It has been a great fishing companion.


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My grandfathers Randall...he passed when I was 9, 30 years ago. My grandmother knew I loved the knife so she called me upstairs a few days after his funeral. She said she wanted me to have it before my uncles had a chance to go through his stuff.
Reminds me of the US Army jump knife (switchblade) my Dad gave to his Dad after returning from Japan in WW2. Grandpa had it hanging on a nail in the garage. Grandpa had promised it to me, but alas, it was purloined by nightcrawlers that liquidated his estate.

They didn't get Dad's Bronze Stars or his Presidential Citation - I've still got those.
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Both USN Ka-Bar. One from WW2 era (Leather sheath), and one from Vietnam era.

Gifts from my father. One late 50's , the other mid 60's

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The one stuck in my back from my first wife.....

But, I digress...I've had this Gerber for about 25 years now.
Doh!!!

Schrade Old Timer Sharpfinger for me (not in my back, thankfully)
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A Buck 112 Ranger, I had it since I was 12 or 13, 44 or 45 years. I think it is an early 112 as it is only marked Buck USA. It has micarta nandles and no nail nick I still have the box and original sheath.It was given to me by my youngest, but 14 year older, brother. It has cleaned alot of game and fish. It was the center of my focus one day in my youth, when I foolishly closely approached a hugh black bear near our hunting camp, to try to get a picture with a cheap pocket camera. He decides to get closer to me also, and since I was just a kid and had no money to buy S&Ws at that stage in life, the 112 was my only defense. Young, but wise enough to not turn and run, I slowly kept backing away, and happily he lost interest.
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A Buck 112 Ranger, I had it since I was 12 or 13, 44 or 45 years. I think it is an early 112 as it is only marked Buck USA. It has micarta nandles and no nail nick I still have the box and original sheath.It was given to me by my youngest, but 14 year older, brother. It has cleaned alot of game and fish. It was the center of my focus one day in my youth, when I foolishly closely approached a hugh black bear near our hunting camp, to try to get a picture with a cheap pocket camera. He decides to get closer to me also, and since I was just a kid and had no money to buy S&Ws at that stage in life, the 112 was my only defense. Young, but wise enough to not turn and run, I slowly kept backing away, and happily he lost interest.
Good thing both you and the bear both had the light bulbs go on at the same time. I bet your camera used 110 film.

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Here's my oldest with a more recent acquisition. The smaller Western Cutlery "Bowie" was given to me when I joined the Boy Scouts in 1957. Big brother is marked "Western Bowie" and was reportedly issued to n Army paratrooper in Vietnam but was sent home unused. This one was made between 1965-7 and was a gift from my wife.

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Yep good old 110 film. I donít know if I should tell this story, but I was dumb enough to get close to a black bear once again, with the same cheap 110 camera. This time I had a little bit better back up. My oldest brother, 16 years older than I am, had an Anschutz 54 in 22 Long rifle. He, my mom and dad, and I were going for an evening ride around our hunting camp, when we spotted a young black bear with his front paws on a stump and pulling at something. We stopped to watch and looked through binoculars and saw that it was a fawn. My brother and I got out of the car, and he watched the bear through the scope of his Anschutz as I tried to get in closer to get a picture. The bear grabbed the fawn, ran dropped it and decided that he was not going to give it up. He backed himself up against a tree and hissed at me. Again, I decided to back away very slowly. Man I miss those days!
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Yep good old 110 film. I donít know if I should tell this story, but I was dumb enough to get close to a black bear once again, with the same cheap 110 camera. This time I had a little bit better back up. My oldest brother, 16 years older than I am, had an Anschutz 54 in 22 Long rifle. He, my mom and dad, and I were going for an evening ride around our hunting camp, when we spotted a young black bear with his front paws on a stump and pulling at something. We stopped to watch and looked through binoculars and saw that it was a fawn. My brother and I got out of the car, and he watched the bear through the scope of his Anschutz as I tried to get in closer to get a picture. The bear grabbed the fawn, ran dropped it and decided that he was not going to give it up. He backed himself up against a tree and hissed at me. Again, I decided to back away very slowly. Man I miss those days!
I think you missed your calling as a National Geographic photographer...actually, I hear the folks from Blue Planet calling as I speak
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As I recall none of the pictures came out. I later bought my brothers Topcon Re Super he bought while serving in Viet Nam. Nothing interesting happened when I had that camera.
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The knife I had the longest was a Pal 3 blade with red handles. Was my grandpaís and I gave it to nephew. I guess oldest one I still have is a skinner I hand made about 1970. Just last week on forum at the members pictures at top, somebody had Randal with same design. I designed this blade in Jr. Hi. and couldnít get it made. I would send it to a maker and they didnít want to make it.
Wanted me to buy one of their designs. One guy had the fuzz to say he wouldnít put his name on something like that. Sharpest piece of stainless steel Iíve ever come across.
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Diggin this thread, thought Iíd post my ďoldies but goodiesĒ, a Case XX and a Buck 110, both from the Ď70ís...lots of miles on them but still in use regularly.
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Oh, I've got far older knives, but my oldest one, that was given to me originally is the '77? Explorer. Have my grandfather's 225QM Cataraugus Quartermaster's Knife from WW II, his dress Cavalry saber from WW I, and a Civil War cavalry saber, as well as a Civil War artillery short sword with powder measure markings on it for mortars/bombards. The last two came from grandpa's father.
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Since I have no memory of what happened to my elementary school utility/scout knife the one that I've owned the longest is the Buck 301 Stockman that I bought with paper route money in 1968. I now know it was actually made by Schrade. My junior high school wood shop teacher required students to bring a pocket knife daily. He recommended stockmans.

Comparing him to some modern teachers might get me dinged.

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A Buck 110 that I purchased in 1965. It went everywhere with me in that leather case. After active duty, I didn't carry it all the time as I wore suits in my day job. I still have it, and occasionally take it out, give it a good polish and cleaning and make sure the edge is still good.
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A pocket knife my dad gave me when I was, heck, under 10 back in the 70's. Just a small folder with two blades that said "Moorman's" on it. I think he got it from a seed company.

Ah, the days when you had a pocket knife when you went school and no-one gave it a second thought. It was, and still is, a "tool" after all...
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My 2nd oldest is a Buck 110 that was issued to me in the 70's while working on the Police Force in Elyria, Ohio. It resides in a drawer in my work bench.
I should wear it on my belt I suppose.
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