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"Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife"
artofmanliness.com ^ | Brett & Kate McKay

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. We’ll 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. It’s also small and lightweight and won’t 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.....

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To: Billthedrill

I like my “Kerssaw Leek”. It’s lightweight sharp and fast opening. In black it matches my Ruger LCR perfectly and is just as reliable.


101 posted on 01/04/2013 4:49:15 PM PST by Babba Gi
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To: virgil283

I guess I should take this opportunity to warm fellow freepers to not make the same mistake I did.

I regularly buy things from Amazon and basically have had no problems. I noticed some pretty good looking knives for sale. They were very large ones and I have always sort of liked those big heavy Bowie style knives. The prices were really cheap so I ordered a couple.

They arrived quickly and in fact looked just as good as the pictures indicated. I noticed they were not very sharp so began to put a good edge on them.

It quickly became clear that the steel was pretty soft. I have not used them and they are probably worth what I paid but I would not recommend them to anyone.

BTW they both were made in Pakistan.


102 posted on 01/04/2013 4:50:22 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: null and void

LOL.

Just read the rest of your post.


103 posted on 01/04/2013 4:51:17 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: DakotaGator

*****”Not too many years ago, I was stunned to learn that a number of my younger cousins and “nephews” (sons of close friends) had no prospects of receiving their “right of passage” knives. So I took on the elder male responsibility of presenting them their appropriate knives at the appropriate times.”******

So as not to offend my young neighbors Parents (not that they would mind) I gave my lil buds Whetstones and Knife Sharpening Books, Rope, Line and Knot Tying Books for Christmas.

They come visit to show me the knots that they have learned and to show me how sharp their “Whittlin” knives are.

Now we are “Whittlin” Slingshots and Bows and Arrows out of stuff we can find right here in the neighborhood.

TT


104 posted on 01/04/2013 4:53:10 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: TexasTransplant

When I take my sons for walks in the woods, I stop at the tree line and have them show me their pocket knives. If they don’t have knives they have to go back to the house and get it.

You don’t go into the woods without at least a knife on you.


105 posted on 01/04/2013 4:56:21 PM PST by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: TEXOKIE

Cut your nails and then use the handy diamond file to smooth your nails.

That’s what use em for.

I’ve also used em for first aid and cutting dressings, though mostly I use a knife and cut em to size.


106 posted on 01/04/2013 5:00:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: gitmo

****** “You don’t go into the woods without at least a knife on you” *******

I never go anywhere without one, but these days the kids can’t take them to school so it isn’t natural for them to always have one.

TT


107 posted on 01/04/2013 5:02:57 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: 9YearLurker

If by murse you mean one of those metrosexual eurofag purses, then no. Not a murse.

Backpack, duffle bag or maxped gear slinger depending on what I need and where I’m going.


108 posted on 01/04/2013 5:04:08 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" just became a midden heap. Infested with rats and other vermin.)
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To: Neoliberalnot
I have many, but one of my favorites for 20 years was a Puma White Hunter which I lost several years ago after field dressing a deer. I thought about replacing it a while back and was a bit shocked at the price now.

I made knives as a hobby during high school (mostly putting handles on purchased blades). My dad gave me his old White Hunter (with a broken tip). I removed the stag handles and replaced them with kingwood, then (like a stupid teenager), sold it. Fast forward twenty-odd years, one evening at a consignment auction house they put a couple of knives on the table, and one looked familiar...

I was able to buy that knife back, and it's now in my desk drawer, and never leaving my possession again! I saw one at a gun show last year- I, too was shocked at the price!

109 posted on 01/04/2013 5:10:20 PM PST by TexasBarak (I aim to misbehave!)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

I didn’t think so. ;-)


110 posted on 01/04/2013 5:14:59 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Lurker

Was given a Advanced Combat Tactical Folder when active duty EOD. Robert “Bob” Terzoula, made it and gave it to me.... Mastadon Ivory slabs, awesome pocket knife. Like it so much I was afraid to carry it. Put it in the Gunsafe and there it sets with my BBQ gun and Rolex Submariner.

Now I carry a fixed blade Oxo Paring knife inside the waistband and a Swiss army Victorinox champion pocket knife and a Leatherman tool.

More function than fashion these days and I don’t mind leaving that Oxo kitchen knife stuck in my work.

The Swiss army champion has been my favorite carry pocket knife for more than 30 plus years. It and a Randall 14 were my deployment knives until Leatherman came out with his product. Those three served me till my retirement.

The real Swiss Victorinox Champion is the best pocket knife bargin IMO based on utility, construction, cost and ease of carry.


111 posted on 01/04/2013 5:16:11 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Ah it’s just a synonym for I’m a dummy for not thinking to look for a replacement toothpick.

I’ve had 30 years to think of that and I never did.


112 posted on 01/04/2013 5:18:48 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: yarddog

****** “She always keeps a Swiss Army knife in her purse. She teaches school and I bet she even keeps it when at school. Actually what she keeps in her purse is only barely a knife. It is a flat piece of plastic which has a bunch of tools in it including a very small blade.” *******

Although I already advise anyone and everyone that even has the slightest desire to go to Mexico to “Not Go” if she does, make sure she leaves that little jewel at home. I spent 2 nights standing in the most hideous Mexican Jail for having Nail Clippers that had a file and a knife blade. (Almost 60 hrs without sitting down, no water, no food (I wouldn’t have ingested either had they been offered) the place was without a doubt the filthiest environment that I have ever set foot in and those that shared the space with me the worst human debris that I had encountered until I was deployed to the Middle East.

I am forever in debt to the Nuns that Bailed me out and I hope they still do the Good Works that they did back in the 70’s.

TT


113 posted on 01/04/2013 5:19:09 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: virgil283

After reading the first 50 responses, I declare this post Knife-Porn and thank all who contributed. I have many of these knives and can even find some at a few minutes notice. Others look like they will be buys for the future. Way back when I was young, an acquaintance caught me sharpening my knife and reminded me why he was no more than an acquaintance by asking why I sharpened my knife! When I explained that there is nothing more dangerous than a dull knife, he snorted and moved away. He is, if still alive, an undoubted Obama voter!

Stay sharp, FRiends!


114 posted on 01/04/2013 5:31:17 PM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence but it is the road to our ruin!)
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To: donozark

Heh, I am not, though I have admired the character as a bit of a dark hero, I do confess.

I first learned of Spyderco and Lecter’s appreciation of those knives reading Hannibal by Thomas Harris.

It seemed he preferred the Harpy, but eventually aquired the Civillian in his travels. While the Civillian is an absolutely wicked looking blade, I think the slenderness of the tip limits its uses to only one thing, while the shape of the Harpy lends it to many uses, including self defense.

I have had two Harpies since that read. My first had a synthetic handle, but that one was stolen when my car was stolen in New Orleans. A criminal got that one, and I hope it was never put to any criminal use. I replaced that one with the stainless steel handle model, and have enjoyed that one ever since.


115 posted on 01/04/2013 5:34:16 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeaDragon

I agree that it is.

I think every good person should be well defended against bad persons. They are out there in great numbers, and they will always have the advantage of knowing whom they will attack and when. All any potential victim can do is prepare in advance.

My last resort weapon of self defense is the Spyderco Harpy. There are a few reasons why I think that this blade in particular can be an advatage when there is nothing else.

It’s very small, fits in the pocket nicely and takes little space. Because of its compact design, there is no danger that the blade will open and present a danger to your hand when you go to retrieve it.

The most dangerous blade is the one your opponent never saw and the one he never knew you had until it was too late. The smallness of the blade allows the opened knife to be concealed behind a single finger. The knife can also be opened completely silently if one depresses the spine lock while opening then lightly resist the lock as it slips silenty into place. That can be done with one hand only.

Lastly, the smallness of the blade does not reduce its deadliness. Because if its curved shape, it specializes in long pulling cuts. If one was to pull the blade firmly across the inner thigh, the inner upper arm or the side of the neck of any would be attacker, death would come quickly.
If the situation were very serious, one might try to attack all of those areas as quickly as one could.


116 posted on 01/04/2013 5:49:12 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Squantos

OMG!

If you ever want to sell(you won’t) let me know. I’d love one of those


117 posted on 01/04/2013 5:53:13 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: tomkat

You’ll love it. Get the Crawford Kasper CRKT too.


118 posted on 01/04/2013 5:55:17 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SVTCobra03

That is an exceptional folder I must say.

Expensive, but also high quality materials.

I have been drooling over the above knife since I saw it on the season premiere of Dual Survival. Gorgeous fixed blade knife, incredibly expensive, but one day I may have to get one.

119 posted on 01/04/2013 5:55:56 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Squantos

A man can’t have too many knives. LOL


120 posted on 01/04/2013 6:01:06 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: TexasTransplant

I carried a Swiss army pocket knife to school starting in the 5th grade. I don’t go anywhere without it. My parents thought I was wasting my money, saying I would either lose it or it would wear out.

They were right. After 40 years the plastic on one side came off. Probably because I occasionally used it as a small hammer. I bought another just like it and have carried it for 12 more years.


121 posted on 01/04/2013 6:12:23 PM PST by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: Vendome
Yup, have both the Kasper and Kershaw Volt II in the cart   :^)
122 posted on 01/04/2013 6:14:29 PM PST by tomkat (-/\/\/\-)
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To: virgil283

bookmarked


123 posted on 01/04/2013 6:15:15 PM PST by CodeJockey (Barack 0bamacide... Destroys economies on on contact!)
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To: virgil283

Too many comments to reply to, so I’ll just go general here. I carry a Victorinox Spartan (for over 30 years now, the main blade has been sharpened fairly thin), a Leatherman original model, and a Gerber folder every day except when flying (and I haven’t had to fly for quite a few years now).

As far as airline travel goes, I have been pointing out to everyone since 9/11 that if you put 3 guys with box cutters against 50 guys with Buck knives, I know which way I’ll bet.

I also like to mention that the most reliable way to distinguish humans from baboons is that a human always carries a knife and a way to produce fire. Baboons don’t.

Keep ‘em sharp!


124 posted on 01/04/2013 6:24:11 PM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: chris37

I have never thought of a “last resort” blade but after reading your post, I can see where you are totally correct.

Thank you for such an in depth analysis.

Sea


125 posted on 01/04/2013 6:25:15 PM PST by SeaDragon ("Life is tough ..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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To: chris37
Spiderco is a great brand. I've used the Viele for a decade and still carry one.
Recently got the Ulize and still getting used to it. Might take a year.
126 posted on 01/04/2013 6:27:58 PM PST by MaxMax (Gun free zones was the invitation to gun bans)
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To: Vendome; 300winmag

Met Bob back in the 80’s when stationed in NM and he lived on Agua Fria in Santa Fe still..... Good friend , master blade smith as most know and a artist with jade as well.

He gave me the knife as a gift I will keep (as you guessed :o)

Forgot to ping 300 to this thread. He’s a knife guy as well.

Stay safe !


127 posted on 01/04/2013 6:31:58 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks 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...
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


128 posted on 01/04/2013 6:37:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SeaDragon

My pleasure, SeaDragon ^^


129 posted on 01/04/2013 6:43:08 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: virgil283

Never leave home without it.

130 posted on 01/04/2013 6:49:12 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: SeaDragon

I have a nice KA-BAR Knife. 3 1/2” folding, locking blade. 8 3/4” total length. Brass ends. Heavy, heavy, knife.
Avoid the business (pointy) end. It’ll do some serious work.


131 posted on 01/04/2013 6:52:36 PM PST by encm(ss)
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To: SeaDragon

I have a nice KA-BAR Knife. 3 1/2” folding, locking blade. 8 3/4” total length. Brass ends. Heavy, heavy, knife.
Avoid the business (pointy) end. It’ll do some serious work.


132 posted on 01/04/2013 6:52:56 PM PST by encm(ss)
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To: Squantos
Bought my Victorinox Champion in the mid 80s (?) .. it's apparently a scarce model with chisel, fine screwdriver, awl w/sewing hole, and corkscrew on the back.

It's been a fine tool over the years, and except for a small bit of scuffing on the caps, still looks/works like a new one, incl. the original toothpick .. lol !

I'd surely encourage anyone to have something similar handy, as their reputation is well-deserved, imho.


             

133 posted on 01/04/2013 6:59:42 PM PST by tomkat (-/\/\/\-)
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To: encm(ss)

Sounds very nice. You definitely have to watch out for the “pointy” end.

I loved that line.

Sea


134 posted on 01/04/2013 7:08:48 PM PST by SeaDragon ("Life is tough ..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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To: SeaDragon

Sea Dragon is an unusual name. Were you on the submarine Sea Dragon?


135 posted on 01/04/2013 7:12:10 PM PST by encm(ss)
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To: Squantos

Lucky bastuhd. I envy you. LOL

I hope you have a son to pass it on to. Truly a piece to pass onto the next generation.


136 posted on 01/04/2013 7:34:13 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: virgil283
Photobucket When a pocket knife is not enough.
137 posted on 01/04/2013 7:34:26 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: tomkat

Sweet!!!


138 posted on 01/04/2013 7:37:00 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: encm(ss)

Wow, not even close. It would be nice to be named for or served on such a great submarine but that is way before my time.

I am a diver and I like dragons and seahorses so I combined the two into SeaDragon.

Not near as exciting as the submarine but it works for me.

Sea


139 posted on 01/04/2013 7:46:07 PM PST by SeaDragon ("Life is tough ..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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To: Squantos
The real Swiss Victorinox Champion is the best pocket knife bargin IMO based on utility, construction, cost and ease of carry.

My Swiss Army "data" knife does most of the cutting, snipping, and other pocket-sized jobs I need to have done. It also has a 32GB USB drive with fingerprint reader, and a tiny .5mw laser pointer. No corkscrew, no tweezers.

Slightly larger slicing is handled by my Benchmade Mini-Barage assisted-opener. I like the knife so much, I bought a backup just to be safe. A few weeks ago, I thought I lost it, so I went immediately to my backup, and ordered another one so I'd still have a backup. Then I found the original on the floor of my truck, so now I'm doubly safe with two backups.

For a backup to my Glock 33, I have a nice Spyderco "Massad Ayoob as a backup to my Glock 33.

I don't often take a knife out of my pocket, but when I do, I want it to perform. :)

140 posted on 01/04/2013 7:50:13 PM PST by 300winmag (Overkill Never Fails)
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To: 300winmag
I don't often take a knife out of my pocket, but when I do, I want it to perform. :)

Never an FTF/FTE with edged steel!

141 posted on 01/04/2013 7:55:30 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: tomkat

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 !


142 posted on 01/04/2013 8:01:18 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: SeaDragon

http://ssn584.homestead.com/HISTORY1.html

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.
DBF


143 posted on 01/04/2013 8:16:04 PM PST by encm(ss)
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To: yarddog

I have those by Gerber and the shovels.


144 posted on 01/04/2013 8:39:06 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Squantos

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.


145 posted on 01/04/2013 9:29:05 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Vendome

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!


146 posted on 01/04/2013 9:47:10 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: virgil283

147 posted on 01/04/2013 10:12:52 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Eaker

Yep....LOL !

Probably the same way we will go out of this world, a pocket knife in our diaper !

Nite Eaker !


148 posted on 01/04/2013 10:17:21 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: xsrdx

Thanks, xsrdx!
- M3 owner


149 posted on 01/05/2013 1:49:04 AM PST by golux
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To: TexasBarak

How much for the knife fellow free per? Hahaha.


150 posted on 01/05/2013 4:30:35 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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