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Uncle to the Rescue

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Trout Hound, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Trout Hound

    Trout Hound

    682
    Sep 28, 2014
    i thought y’all might enjoy this story. I recently heard my ten year old nephew say that he had lost his pocket knife. Now, I knew he only had one knife, and it was the one he got after earning his Whittlin’ Chip card in Cub Scouts. (It was a cheap Chinese thing, but his first knife, nonetheless.) As it turns out, his family moved several months back, and the knife got lost somewhere in the shuffle. They’ve looked everywhere and still can’t find it.

    Now, I lost a knife when I was about his age, and I remember how devastated I was. I felt really bad for him, especially with it being his first one. He told me he was planning to ask for a new one for his next birthday, but that isn’t until December. I also heard him say that what he really wanted was an “army knife.”

    Well, I just couldn’t stand to watch the poor guy go another ten months with no knife, so I talked to his Mom and got permission to buy him another one. Now, what to get?

    Well, my nephew reminds me a lot of myself sometimes. When I was ten, I wasn’t really into bone handled stockmen just yet, but I DID sit around for hours on end, staring at the knife page of the Boy Scout catalog, and dreaming. And what I wanted, what I would have given my left leg for, was a red Victorinox, just like MacGyver had.

    So, I got him a red Victorinox Tinker, exactly like the one I got when I was ten. A real, live, SWISS Army Knife! I took it over to him the other night, and to say that he was thrilled would be the understatement of the year. I even took mine to show him. It’s about twenty five years old now, and is still in great shape. I showed him all of the tools on it, and told him not to take it to school or cut himself with it, and when I left he was sitting on the couch, coon fingering it. I’m really not sure who was happier, me or him.

    A man’s gotta have a pocket knife.

    TH
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
  2. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    You sir, are a hero. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    As an uncle as well as a grandfather I have one bit of advise for you; be prepared to buy a lot of SAK's over the years. It's a great first or even second knife for a young person, and will instill a life long habit of some self reliance. The tinker is a great model!
     
  3. UnderDawgAl

    UnderDawgAl

    35
    Feb 18, 2018
    Great move!
     
  4. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    GOOD on you Trout Hound:cool::cool::cool::thumbsup:
     
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  5. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Wonderful story Trout Hound. A thoughtful act that may never be forgotten. Kudos to you sir. Well done.
     
  6. SVTFreak

    SVTFreak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    You're an inspiration!
     
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  7. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    That sir was a class act! My first real knife was a Vic camping model, I was 10 as well.
     
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  8. Getahl

    Getahl

    900
    Dec 22, 2007
    Good on you, sir. That's a class act right there.
     
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  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Good on you the tinker is an excellent choice, I've got 4 nephews and a niece but haven't seen 3 of them since they were babies and 2 I've never seen.
    Not that I saw them much before, because I'm only 24 and I'm still not comfortable around babies o_O
    My niece is turning 10 this month but I'm pretty sure she's more into Barbie's and stuff, or I'd send her a peanut or something.


    My 3 other nephews would never ever be allowed pocket knives because their mom is " progressive " ( no gender specific toys, let's them play in dresses...ect ), they'll miss out on so many things that a boy should experience growing up.
     
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  10. btb01

    btb01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Well done, Uncle Trout Hound! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
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  11. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Does the Tinker have the magnifying glass with which to burn stuff using the suns rays?
    eg..ants...lighting fires....each others skin....barbie and ken dolls faces...omg the Campervan has crashed and burst into flame...the clothes(mostly nylon) are ruined...
     
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  12. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead

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    Nov 6, 2017
    Thats great! Every boy should have a good pocket knife.
     
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  13. sXePhenomenal

    sXePhenomenal Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    761
    Mar 8, 2018
    Good story and great uncle :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Old Hunter

    Old Hunter Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    The coolest thing of all - he will NEVER forget that new SAK and the Uncle who gave it to him. OH
     
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  15. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps

    503
    Apr 20, 2018
    Good for you. Thanks for sharing!
     
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  16. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    The Tinker is a excellent choice. Well Done!
     
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  17. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2016
    Nice work, TH!
     
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  18. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Nice going, Uncle!!:thumbsup:

    Don't give any knives to Meako, though!! He will just get in trouble!!:eek:
    :D
     
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  19. Stropping Young Lad

    Stropping Young Lad Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Buying knives for my nephew is one of my favorite pastimes! Mine’s a bit older now, 18 (I can’t believe it), but he’s grown into an avid bow hunter so the knife gene stayed strong.

    Aren’t eccentric uncles the best?
     
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  20. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Couldn’t think of a better gift than a SAK that can last him a lifetime!!:thumbsup:
     
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