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2020 Memorial Scout Knife GAW

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by abbydaddy, May 14, 2020.

  1. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    I am very late getting my giveaway going this year. It has been a crazy stretch for me, and I missed my brother's birthday this January, and it slid all the way to today, the anniversary of his death. I had been very busy with a newish permanent job, and two young children, and then at the end of last year, two of my best and oldest friends died within a week of one another (both suddenly, unexpectedly, and at the age of 42), and now on Friday my stepmother passed after a hard fight with cancer. It has been a real hard stretch, and the pandemic hasn't been helping.

    Anyway, if this tradition has taught me anything, it is that giving knives away makes me feel better, especially when I can give them to kids that could use a good knife.

    Background About My Brother

    On May 14th, 2014, my baby brother died in a car accident. He was 13 years younger than me, but we were very close. When he was a baby we shared a room, and so I woke with him and fed him and changed him as an infant (which led my dad to mistakenly claim that August slept through the night from the beginning at one point). For a good chunk of his early childhood it was just him, me, and my dad, so my brother had a hard time understanding that he did not have two dads. As he got older that changed, but the semi-parental character always stayed a part of our relationship. After I moved out he moved across the country to live with his mom, who he stayed with for the most part until his death. Nonetheless, he always made sure to call me at least a couple times a month until he died. He was very good about keeping in touch. Much better than I am.

    He did not have an easy go of it in life, and as he got on into his teenage years he had a lot of trouble with drugs and alcohol. He had a series of stints in rehab and a school for troubled teens. After high school he continued the same trajectory, and though he enrolled in a community college he was not able to keep clean and quickly dropped out. After dropping out of college he finally seemed to get serious about his recovery. After another stint in rehab he started going to Narcotics Anonymous meetings regularly.

    After years of expecting to hear that my brother had died of an overdose, he suddenly seemed to be back. His speech was clear, he was happy, he went back to school and was doing better this time. He held down a job and was active in the recovery community. He was optimistic and doing well, and I stopped expecting bad news. As it turned out he stayed clean for the rest of his life.

    Four years ago my daughter was born, and my brother was thrilled to be an uncle. My wife and I made plans to fly him out with her brothers so all the uncles could meet Abby together.

    A month after my daughter was born, late at night, he gave a friend a ride home, and then on his own way home, lost control of his car (driving way too fast) and wrapped his car around a telephone pole. His system was clean, he wasn't drunk or high, he was just driving recklessly (much as I had done at his age). He was 20 years old.

    Though his car was just ten feet off the side of the road, near a housing development, it was more than four hours before anyone stopped to check on his car. In my brother's case it probably wouldn't have made a difference if he had crashed next to an emergency room, but we'll never know for sure. I include this detail just as a reminder that we are all in this together, and you can save lives just by stopping to check. I've saved a few folks over the years by checking on wrecks, and I've known other people who were saved by a passerby stopping. It doesn't take any special knowledge or skill to call 911 for a person in trouble, but you could save their life.

    But on to the giveaway.

    After my brother passed, his mother sent some of his things to me that had special sentimental value. When my brother was little he was very impressed by my sword collection, so when he turned 13 I bought him a replica saber. His mother sent his sword back to me, along with his babyhood favorite stuffed Barney for my daughter, and for my father she sent my brother's knife. My brother's knife was my dad's old Camillus Boy Scout Knife, and it was in turn my brother's adventure knife. Though my brother was not a Boy Scout, that old Boy Scout knife was special to him.

    I wanted to be able to share that, or to help someone else share it. So my idea is to send a Boy Scout Knife out to someone to give to a youngster for their first knife. So I'm asking you to nominate someone else who you will give the knife to, but this year you can also enter for yourself (so that more people will participate).

    Unfortunately, Camillus went bankrupt a while back, and even the new Camillus doesn't make an official Boy Scout Knife. In the past I have given away official BSA licensed scout knives, but I could not find an appropriate one for a kids first knife this year (Scoutstuff doesn't carry them anymore, and the only NIB true BSA Scout Knives I could find were expensive limited edition models from years past). So this year the child's knife portion of the GAW will be a Boker Magnum in ebony. I am quite impressed with the quality. There is no BSA medallion, but the knives are very well done (at least the one I opened to inspect).

    This year's kids knife offering:



    Please keep an eye on this thread, because I will add at least one other knife as the grown up prize. I have ordered a couple of knives through the BSA, and so I am waiting on those, and this GAW has a history of inspiring generosity from the community (obviously, that is not something that I can guarantee, but with this crowd it is pretty reliable. I even got gifts from Case a few years back that allowed me to give away some really nice Case BSA knives for a few years running.) The prizes are not all selected yet, but you can rely on some quality scouting appropriate knives to win.

    Rules for this year:
    • Open to everyone
    • You can enter one time for yourself
    • You can enter a second time on behalf of someone else, preferably a child that you will give the knife to (make sure it is someone that you can give the knife to without any problems), or someone working hard at their recovery.
    • I will send the knife to anywhere in the US and Canada
    • your entry will be your post in which you say "I'm in" AND tell me who you will give the knife to (whether to yourself or to someone you are nominating)
    • You don't have to tell me why you are nominating someone, but I would appreciate it if you did
    • Don't enter if there is some reason that it would be legally problematic for you to enter

    I am going to let this run for a couple weeks. There usually aren't many entries, so the odds are good if you decide to enter :)


    I was inspired by a @Charlie Mike giveaway a few years back, when he gave away a knife as a mitzvah following the passing of a friend and fellow recoverer. Since my brother was also in recovery when he passed I thought it was an extra fitting mitzvah. As I was nearing the anniversary of my brother's death, I thought this would be a fitting way to help make his memory be for a blessing. When I do this giveaway I like to mention the history of the tradition.

    It is a sad and fitting note to this year's GAW that Charlie Mike has left us far too early after he too managed to stay sober for the rest of his life. He had just passed his five year sober mark. May his memory be for a blessing.

    *********** Update **************

    Prize updates!

    Starting at the bottom of the picture, @willintheweeds much appreciated addition to the GAW is a lovely (new, only-taken-out-of-the-box-for-the-photo) Bear and Son Cub Scout Knife. This one, like all the others that Will has donated over the years feels like a great knife for the cubs in your life.

    Moving to the top is a new-in-the-blister-pack Deluxe Scout BSA knife from Scout Stuff. These ones don't have a bail, but they do feature a handy Phillips head screw driver.

    And then moving to the middle is actually my six-year-old daughter's addition to the GAW! There is a big knife show here in Eugene (most years, sadly not this year due to COVID-19) that happens to fall right around my daughter's birthday. We have been going together since she was a toddler, and I typically wander around and pick up a few scout knives for gifts. At last year's OKCA show, Abby was actually given this older Ulster BSA scout knife. She liked this knife, but the screwdriver/cap lifter is a real nail breaker, it isn't shiny, and more to the point, she usually uses her green Girl Scouts scout knife. So when I ordered the Deluxe Scout and another Cub Scout knife (not pictured), Abby fell in love with the shiny blue knife. She decided she wanted to trade her brown knife to the GAW so that she could add the blue knife to her growing little collection.

    So I am glad to be able to add a classic Made-In-America, Boy Scouts of America Scout Knife to the GAW, courtesy of Abby. The Ulster knife is not new, and as you can tell, it isn't minty, but it does not appear to have seen a lot of use, and I put a decent edge on it for whoever gets the knife.

    Last edited: May 21, 2020
  2. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Unfortunately I'm getting to be that age when losing someone close to me is not that uncommon any more, but I lost both my older and younger brothers many years ago, so I know something of your pain. Hopefully this GAW will help ease it. I'm in for my grandson Caleb, who is nine years old. He has shown an interest in pocket knives, and I give him one nearly every birthday and Christmas. I don't believe he has a scout yet, so this would be very welcome. Thanks for the opportunity.
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  3. Matt_WY

    Matt_WY Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 30, 2018
    This GAW tugs at the heart, very generous of you abbydaddy. Not an entry for me since I would like to see this go to a youngster and keep the tradition moving on. With that said, if possible throw my entry in for black mamba's grandson Caleb. Thanks, Matt
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  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I won this in 2018 and that knife is very special to me because of the story behind it.

    Of course I am not in this year because of that, I want to say again that this is an excellent way of honoring your brother.
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  5. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    I m in for Caleb too via @black mamba ..A selfish personal victory for me if I win ...you can send it direct to him and it wont need to come across the Pacific.:p:).
  6. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    In for my granddaughter Abby.
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  7. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    That's a good name ;)
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  8. JonMcD


    Jan 1, 2020
    What a phenomenal way to honor those you’ve lost. I’d love to enter my son Joseph. He turns 10 next week. This would be his first knife of his own. My son Sam just won a Buck 303 from @CHNeal so i would love to start collecting for my other son as well.

    The generosity of this community blows me away!


    Me and Joseph earlier this spring.
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  9. rishma


    Jun 22, 2008
    I remember the story of your brother from past years GAW. My oldest Son and my youngest daughter are 6 years apart, and shared a room for years. They have a close bond that is special and different from their siblings. Your story always reminds me of them.

    Not an entry but thank you for another inspiring, generous GAW.
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  10. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    I remember this touching tribute to your brother from years past and am always filled with a strange combination of sorrow and joy. Sorrow for your terrible loss and yet a joy for you that you experienced such a tremendous love in your young life.
    You honor your brother and the love you shared in the most wonderful way...you pass it on. Good on you Sir.

    Not an entry but a sincere and heart felt thank you for your generosity not only in the GAW but also in sharing a bit of your brother with us.

    God Bless
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  11. Neko2

    Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 18, 2003
    Thank you for sharing this with us year after year. It's a touching tribute and a great reminder of the uncertainties of life.

    I'm 14 years older than my brother so I have a bit of the same relationship going.

    My son already has his first knife and I don't think I have any more kids to give one to so I'd like to enter for me on whatever the "grown up" knife is :)

    Thank you again for the GAW and the amazing generosity and tradition.
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  12. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Very nice tribute, and a generous giveaway. Not an entry for myself--I have been blessed by others' generosity. But if I may, I would like to enter for that scout knife to be given to Joseph, @JonMcD's son. I was about 9 or 10 when I received my first knife, and it was similar to that one.
    Good luck to all!
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  13. chuck4570

    chuck4570 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Not an entry but a thank you for your GAW tribute to your brother. My grandson was the recipient last year of the Bear & Son Cub Scout knife and he couldn’t have been happier with it, if fact he will be taking it camping this weekend.
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  14. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Terrific GAW and glad to see it happen again, even with all of the loss you’ve experienced recently. I’m not in as I’ve been the recipient of it twice now, passing the knives along to some kids that lost their Dad tragically and another young man who made Eagle Scout. An absolutely great way to remember your brother and to keep his memory alive:thumbsup:
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  15. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    I’m in for one of my students who lost his mother to cancer last month. He’s the oldest of five kids (12 years old, maybe 13) and his dad has brain trauma from a work accident he suffered from before the family moved into town almost two years ago. He’s going to have to grow up fast, but he’s a super kid who really wants to do well.
  16. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Not an entry. Great way to remember your brother.
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  17. JonMcD


    Jan 1, 2020
    Many thanks @Prester John ! Very kind of you!
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  18. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I am in for my 10 year Caleb. He is very interested in knives and carries a Buck folder around when not in school. Here he is with our youngest on Easter. The picture is now upright thanks to Black Mamba! F778318C-91F0-4C29-BC9B-023293DA2DC4.jpeg
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  19. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    Im not entering, since I was gifted a knife by willintheweeds last time this GAW happened. I gave the knife to my nephew, it was great. Thanks again. Sorry for you loss and thanks for doing this GAW. Good luck to the entries.
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  20. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 15, 2019
    A very touching story and generous giveaway. I also have some family and friends who have struggled with addiction so I know what your family went through.

    Since my kids are grown and I'm a few years away from grandkids I'll enter for @JTB_5 's student - sounds like that young man could use a pick me up.

    Thanks for the generosity and for sharing your story.
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