First knife I bought for myself was an Old Timer in 1963 when in the fifth grade. Saved up my $.50 weekly allowance until I could afford it. I'm sure I paid less than five dollars for it and think it was less than two dollars. No idea whatever happened to that knife. May not have been my first knife but that's the one I remember.
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My first ever knife was actually a $5 junk Swiss army style knife I got from Chinatown Maybe when I was 8 years old.
My first "good" knife was a Mini SAK that my mom bought for me maybe a year or two later. I still have it somewhere in the house. I still remember the day we went to the cutlery store in the mall and I got to choose it.
Watching MacGyver growing up had a big influence when it came to my interests in knives. Having the Swiss Army knife with the most features was a big goal growing up.
Posts: 7229 | Location: CA | Registered: April 08, 2004
Slip-joint Case, gift from my dad the Christmas after I joined the Boy Scouts. Still have it, has a lot of wear after 60 years of ham-handed over-sharpening.
I probably owned a few smaller knives before that one, but nothing memorable. The wretch that I am I do remember being disappointed because I'd been eying a Buck lock back for a few months in the Tehran PX/commissary.
Posts: 5815 | Location: NoVA | Registered: July 22, 2009
My first knife was a Christmas present to me from my father, I think. I still have it. It's sort of a "cowboy" knife: 4-1/2" fixed blade, antler bone handled, with quillons (hand guards) and an edge that to this day is razor-sharp. It has a (cheap) leather sheath with a belt loop.
I imagine you could find a similar knife in the souvenir shops of some of the national parks. It isn't fancy, it isn't branded, it isn't historic. It looks something like this (not my knife):
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Posts: 2857 | Location: Peoples Republic of North Virginia | Registered: December 04, 2015
Still have it and still carry it everyday. I think it's called the "Ambassador" model Swiss Army knife. I got it from my aunt Marjorie, when I was eight. She is long gone, but I am very glad that this knife has stayed with me. Really, there have been moments of "ejector pockets" and low, little cars and worry that it was gone, but thank goodness it has stayed with me. Have lost the toothpick, however. It is so old (five decades) that the replacement one didn't actually fit very well and if you told me the original toothpick was made of something other than plastic, I wouldn't argue. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
A Camillus two blade, that the Moorman feed salesman gave to me as swag in the late 60s or early 70s. I remember how proud I was when my dad told me it was good steel because it darkened so quickly. I still have it.
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