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Old 11-02-2019, 10:54 AM
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Back in the early 70s one of the best bargains in the military exchanges were Buck knives.
Still got a few kicking around in drawers that I picked up.
Throughout my 35 year career as a merchant marine officer I carried #301 Stockmans. Pretty much wore one out so a few years before retiring I went to my NOS stash and found another to replace it with.
Don’t have any colorful tales around these knives, Never fought off pirates or slay sea serpents with my Stockman. Just always in my pocket ready whether aboard ship or ashore.
From my first day training as a cadet it was instilled in me to always have a knife. 25 push-ups was punishment for not having one on my person.
There were several instances when sailors working under me were prepping mooring lines or a pilot ladder and none had a knife to cut the lashings. Understand now that I am supervisor and not allowed to do physical work. When I take my knife out the sailors reach for it, I refuse to hand it over and tell them the only way the lashing gets cut is if I do it with MY knife. A bit of a dilemma here, do I cut the lashing and they keep their mouth shut or do they go to the union delegate with a grievance about the Mate doing “sailor’s work”? That could lead to the delegate giving them all an *** chewing for not having a knife, lack of professionalism, and worst of all having an officer show them up.
Anyway, I’m retired now, occasionally help my brother out with his heating business. A month ago we went up to Brunswick Maine about 50 miles away to do some subcontract work for a big outfit. Was at a house that was having a new boiler and fuel oil tank installed. Owner was a nice guy, from stuff in his garage could see he was into hunting and fishing. He mentioned he was going to be leaving to go upstate to his camp for a while.
That night I noticed my knife missing, turned the house upside down. Thinking it over realized I probably left it at the job so the next morning asked my brother to contact the customer about it.
A few days later the customer called with good news that the life of been found.
The next several weeks I called the contact phone number and got a recording leading to a voice mail box which was full. Had pretty much given up when yesterday on my way to Portland I gave it one more try. Voicemail box accepted my message and 20 minutes later the man returned my call. He had been up to camp outside cell phone coverage. He was home all day so I continued up to Brunswick and got my treasured knife back.
In its place I had been carrying its predecessor which was retired because of a cracked handle and the main blade had been sharpened so much it was half the width of original.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:47 AM
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In its place I had been carrying its predecessor which was retired because of a cracked handle and the main blade had been sharpened so much it was half the width of original.
Thanks, Kevin
Every now and then I like to take an old retired friend out for a spin!

I gave my brother, who was my best man 41 years ago, a small Buck knife with sterling scales for helping at the wedding. He has lost around 50 Buck pocket knives, but when we go out for a fancy dinner at the holidays, he always has to make a big production and "cut" something to prove he still has That Silver Knife!

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Old 11-02-2019, 12:38 PM
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I have not been without a knife in my pocket since I was in Kindergarten, except when flying. But there is at least one in my checked baggage.
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Old 11-02-2019, 12:44 PM
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Good story there, Kevin. I read years ago that sailors preferred sheath knives, fixed blade knives, so that they could hang on with one hand while deploying the knife with the other. That might have been a reference to the days when sail ruled the seas, though.

(I bet Buck would spiff up the earlier Stockman for ya, but, given all the memories, I guess I wouldn’t do it either... Especially since you have a newer one anyway.)
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Also a Merchant Marine officer but in the engine room, and always had a knife. Usually a Spanish switch blade (because you could open it with one hand). When ashore, a buck and eventually a 110 which I lost for several years. Found it in the duff in my truck's console. Party time. Now I have a few:
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The US Coast Guard has a union?
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The US Coast Guard has a union?
No, I believe it’s the only organization in Homeland Security that doesn’t have a union.
Following my freshman year at Maine Maritime Academy in 1972, I took a year off, joined the USCGR, did Boot Camp and an A school (Boatswain Mate), then returned to school and completed the remaining three years of my education. I declined to accept a Naval reserve commission upon graduation,1976, beginning 35 year career as a merchant marine deck officer. I left the USCGR At the end of my enlistment as a BM/2. Have always been grateful for the Coast Guard training and experience I got as an enlisted man. Gave me much better insight when supervising men in my career.
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Here is where I was confused when you said: " A bit of a dilemma here, do I cut the lashing and they keep their mouth shut or do they go to the union delegate with a grievance about the Mate doing “sailor’s work”?" I noticed that you were former USCG, but didn't see anything about Merchant Marine. Thanks for the clarification.
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I went to USMC boot camp in 1975 . Followed by A school in Memphis . One of my buddies had done an enlistment in the USCG before becoming a Marine . He swore the USCG boot camp was almost as hard as the Marines . I believed him once he told us what they had to do . My hats off to you guys .
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