Skip to comments."Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife"
Posted on 01/04/2013 2:10:40 PM PST by virgil283
"1st Century Romans created the first folding pocket knife. They made for easy carrying for soldiers and other explorers on their journeys and conquests. However, as the use of sheathed knives became more popular, the use of pocket knives fell somewhat into disfavor......There are three common designs of pocket knives: the jack knife, the pen knife, and the multi-purpose knife. Well discuss the features and benefits of each one, in order to help you decide what kind of knife you should get.
A jack knife has a simple hinge at one end, and may have more than one blade. The jack knife is popular among hunters, fishermen, and campers.... A pen knife is hinged at both ends of the handle, and usually has two or three blades at each end. The pen knife was originally designed to cut or sharpen pen quills for writing. The pen knife is good if you want more than one type of blade. Its also small and lightweight and wont be noticeable in the pocket of dress clothes.....Multi-purpose knife. These are probably the most popular pocketknives. The Swiss Army knife and the Handyman are probably the most well known of the multi-purpose knives.....
(Excerpt) Read more at artofmanliness.com ...
Never an FTF/FTE with edged steel!
Mine is an older model as it has the brass frame on the magnifying lens.
Also added the small screwdriver to the corkscrew and mine didn’t have a safety pen hol I removed the side slabs and added a sewing needle hole .
Magnetized the sewing needle, polished it up good with Flitz and it has served me well for decades as owners like you can appreciate .
The magnetized sewing needle worked as a improvised compass and when used with the guts from my 550 para cord boot laces made field repairs to gear and clothing easy.
Would like to see Victorinox make a space on the slabs for a ferconium rod for emergency fire starting.
Seriously thinking of routing a slot in the slab and making one myself....
All in all ....it’s perfection personified for a pocket knife. Even the little magnifying glass was great for looking at bench marks etc on topographic maps,
Stay safe !
I served in submarine service for 20 years served on only diesel boats, but I rode SeaDragon as Submarine Squadron 1/7 Diesel Inspector, but didn’t serve ON the SeaDragon.
As I wrote, SeaDragon is unusual name and thought I’d check.
I have those by Gerber and the shovels.
Not a well known fact but here in Texas a boy is issued his first knife in the hospital prior to being fitted with his first diaper.
The diapers usually have a compartment to hold it.
Thanks for your tip! I’ll keep it in mind about first aid as well as for nail file/clipper. I am often caught short of a clipper when I have a hangnail or something!
Probably the same way we will go out of this world, a pocket knife in our diaper !
Nite Eaker !
- M3 owner
How much for the knife fellow free per? Hahaha.
I will trade you all the Osage orange you can carry for one of those fine knives.
These days its a Gerber LST:
And or a Kershaw Ken Onion
and or a Leatherman multi tool.
I have a few others which I don't usually carry anymore because they have more sentimental value than utility.
I think they used to plant Osage Orange as a “fenceline” tree. Not many left here in Northern Ohio. There was only one on the old farm.
Thanks for the link. I also checked it out last night while online.
I am glad that I put together a same that you related to even if it was an accidental creation on my part. I am sure that it isn’t often that something jumps out to remind you of those 20 years
You should start making those knives. Perhaps a new business. The flagship production model—The Freeper. I can supply the Osage orange. No finer, more durable wood to be had.
If anyone has an interest, go to eBAY and search ‘Stek Knives.’ Craig Stekette. He uses mostly Damascus Steel. In the old days he got it from Harley Chains. No longer. He is a custom knife maker and also has various hunting,Bowie,skinning knives available. Prices run $150-up.
Nice way to introduce, pass & preserve those skills!
Barlow is a good choice for an inexpensive simple 2 bladed pocket knife. Blades stay sharp forever. Great bang for the buck. My simple everyday Barlow knife is 35 years old and cost 5 bucks back then.
My normal pocketknife is a Buck. Quite durable. Usually only put it to light use. Worst thing it'd encounter is loss...or confiscation by those TSA idiots! Have learned how to guard against both.
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