The Kind of Men Who Carry Pocketknives | Appalachian Magazine


Who are the kind of men who still carry pocketknives? They are the type of men who earn an honest living, work hard and stand fearless in a world gone mad. To put it simply, they are the type of men the world could use a lot more of these days.

Source: The Kind of Men Who Carry Pocketknives | Appalachian Magazine

It is a rare occasion that I don’t carry at least one pocketknife – two, if you count the small one on my key-ring. My favorite by far was my old Schrade “Uncle Henry” Stockman-style knife, with Image result for schrade uncle henry pocket knifeclip, spey and sheepfoot blades. Somehow I got separated from it, years ago, and I’ve missed it ever since! Sadly, Imperial Schrade of Ellensville, NY – makers of both the Uncle Henry and Old Timer lines of pocketknives – closed their doors July 30, 2004, after 100 years of business.

The Schrade name and its designs are now owned by Taylor Brands, LLC. Although an American-owned company, all new Schrade knives are made in Asia, primarily China and Taiwan. Quality has, predictably, deteriorated.

Currently, my go-to folder for daily carry is a Remington with a single spearpoint blade; if I feel the need for a bit more knife, and don’t mind the extra weight and size in my pocket, I carry an EKA Sweden folder with a modified Scandinavian profile blade, a sturdy, wooden-scaled folder that I like a lot. But I still miss my Uncle Henry!

Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

4 thoughts on “The Kind of Men Who Carry Pocketknives | Appalachian Magazine”

  1. Years ago, I worked as a substitute teacher in a public school. One day, there was a package that had to be opened. As I normally would, I took out my pocket knife, carefully opened the box, then returned the knife to my pocket where always is. The kids saw that and you would think that I had pulled out a sawed-off shotgun. Ignorant me, it hadn’t dawned on me that these kids were so brainwashed that a pocket knife was seen as a deadly weapon rather than a tool that every Southern man carried from the time he was old enough to use one. I probably would have been fired on the spot if they had told another teacher. Sad.

    By the way, mine is the Buck Stockman (I have two of them having lost, replaced, then found one of them). Buck was forced to stop when they started supplying government contracts, but they used to include a Gospel tract with each knife they sold. It was based on knife lore, but it was clearly a Gospel tract proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior.

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    1. Yes, sadly, that sounds like a close call… *sigh* One of the joys of my life was teaching at the Carroll County Outdoor School, where the use of knives and even axes was a part of the regular routine. Not to mention building fires! Given their utility and even occasional necessity in the woods, for a teacher not to have carried a knife would have been irresponsible.

      But that was in the late ’90s, and very early 2000s, under a principal who had been one of the founding teachers, a quarter-century before. There is a new administration, and a new faculty, now; and there are also recurrent attempts to close the school entirely, under the guise of saving money. If that program ever ends, I doubt one like it could ever begin again, at least under the currently-dominant paradigm. Very sad!

      I did not know that about Buck knives. Very neat! I would love to find a copy of that tract.


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