Sawdust and Snakes

Vaughn McMillan

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AND all of us boys carried pocket knives ,even to school where we played Mumble Peg during recess, Don't remember any one ever getting hurt with one. The good old days!
Yep, I carried a pocket knife to school (and everywhere else) daily from about the age of 7. My last three years of high school I also carried a 4" Buck Folding Hunter on my belt. Every day. And nobody had a problem with that.
 

Dave Hoskins

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I was able to carry a pocket knife as soon as I could demonstrate that I could sharpen and care for it properly. That was, like Vaughn, around 7. Maybe 6. Dunno for sure. Carried one ever since all through school. One thing I was really proud of was the Marine K Bar fighting knife I was issued. Fantastic knife and saved my bacon more times than once in Nam. If you ever had one, you'll know what I mean.
 

Chuck Ellis

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I was moving an old cabinet in the garage of a house I had rented in Novato, Calif..... when I pulled it down, there was an old K-Bar knife in the wall behind it.... the leather on the handle had dried to the point it's loose, but the knife is still in good shape... a little rust that can be removed.... I've kept it for about 30 years now and think maybe I might try putting a wood handle on it.... may need some lessons from Tom at Wolf Creek Knives.
 

Brent Dowell

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I was moving an old cabinet in the garage of a house I had rented in Novato, Calif..... when I pulled it down, there was an old K-Bar knife in the wall behind it.... the leather on the handle had dried to the point it's loose, but the knife is still in good shape... a little rust that can be removed.... I've kept it for about 30 years now and think maybe I might try putting a wood handle on it.... may need some lessons from Tom at Wolf Creek Knives.
I'm sure the steel hasn't expired. Sounds like a great project.
 

Jim DeLaney

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I was moving an old cabinet in the garage of a house I had rented in Novato, Calif..... when I pulled it down, there was an old K-Bar knife in the wall behind it.... the leather on the handle had dried to the point it's loose, but the knife is still in good shape... a little rust that can be removed.... I've kept it for about 30 years now and think maybe I might try putting a wood handle on it.... may need some lessons from Tom at Wolf Creek Knives.
Soaking the leather by immersing the handle in neatsfoot oil might swell it to fit. It'd be a shame to alter an otherwise good Kabar.
 
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When I was a kid all of us boys had a bush axe. We thought we were a bunch of Vikings after seeing The Vikings with Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Ernest Borgnine. The closest thing we had to a Viking axe was a bush axe so we marched around with our sharpened to razor sharpness bush axes. We built camps down in the woods and cleared the forest to get the timber we needed for our camp. We carried a sharpening stone all the time to keep those bush axes razor sharp.

Woe be unto any unfortunate snake that crossed our path. I am pretty sure we invented sushi because that is what we turned every pitiful little snake into.....

Now this was a long time ago. I was about 10 or so and so were the other boys. We marched up and down the road everywhere with our bush axes. We went to the little country store with our bush axes and the only restriction was that the owner said we had to leave them on the porch.

Can you imagine a bunch of 9, 10 or 11 year old boys marching around with bush axes over their shoulders today? First the police would come and arrest the kids and the parents would be hauled into court for failure to supervise. When we got older and all of us got 22's we marched around with them. The man at the store also said we had to leave them outside on the porch. Today a SWAT team would be called. Times have changed....and best of all we didn't shoot up the school or anything else but tin cans and crows.
I can see it. Fairly close to the same experiences. machetes, fishing poles & shotguns. Hunting and fishing. I was in a large group of kids and to of the older boys had a machete, I was probably 7, they hacked up a black snake into links. Then they picked it up with the machete and tossed it, the snake landed on my shoulder and sort of wrapped around my neck. It wasn't till I well into my 20s that I stopped killing snakes.
 

Mike Stafford

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I can see it. Fairly close to the same experiences. machetes, fishing poles & shotguns. Hunting and fishing. I was in a large group of kids and to of the older boys had a machete, I was probably 7, they hacked up a black snake into links. Then they picked it up with the machete and tossed it, the snake landed on my shoulder and sort of wrapped around my neck. It wasn't till I well into my 20s that I stopped killing snakes.
Dave, we were down in the woods building a camp. I was chopping on a sapling with my trusty bush axe and a black snake fell out of it and landed around me neck. As soon as I saw him there I did a Roadrunner imitation and ran so fast that snake was left suspended in mid-air.

When it hit the ground its life was not only short but so were all of its pieces.;)
 
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