I received my first blade [not pictured] from my uncle. It was the Swiss Army Classic SD. I remember being so proud of this new possession, I engraved my initials on it. I didn’t wait long to take it to my 1st grade classroom to show it off to my classmates and was ignorant how offensive this tool was. It was taken away from me and placed in the “June Box.” Named so because all of it’s contents would not be returned until the end of the year — and it was only November…
I didn’t get my knife back that year because I had forgotten all about it. I did remember seven years later and wrote her a nice note inquiring if she still possessed this blade. Surprisingly, she did! It was nice getting my knife first back, but couldn’t tell you where it’s at now. For now, I have a newer Classic SD on my key chain I received from my employer for Christmas.
I think back on this and wonder how lucky I was to avoid expulsion…
I received the Swiss Army Camper from another uncle for Christmas in 1997. I cut my thumb leaving a scar on my thumb that day. Despite that, it was used prominently for scouting and was briefly stolen until it was returned to me.
I bought the MiniBuck for my first year at Camp Royaneh in 1998. I just had to have it.
The Mini-Griptilian was unintentional. I had bought it to gift it to someone who really liked knives. After extensive research, I bought that model for the axis lock. Once I received it in the mail in 2003, I liked it so much, I kept it for myself. I broke the blade tip torquing a cylinder lock.
I bought the Griptilian HGS sometime in 2006 to replace the Mini-Griptilian. With it, I’ve cracked open crabs, gutted fish, open beer bottles, cut tinder, start fires, etc. Despite it’s heavy use, it continues to reliably lock and in use today. I thought I had lost it, but eventually found it buried under some holsters. Lucky me! Can’t blame me for buying another one.
Benchmade Griptilian > all folders.
I have many other blades, but the above are knives that have had prominent use.