For the first time in many years, I can feel the reassuring heft of a knife on my belt, riding at my right hip: it is a Buck knife, a #110 Folding Hunter, in a black leather sheath.
Just purchased it this afternoon – appropriately, on the Feast of St. Hubert. It is part of Buck’s “Classic” line, made here in the USA: I am doing my best to limit my knife purchases to ones made in America! And sure enough, here’s “A Message from the Buck Family,” on the reverse side of the “Forever Warranty” card included with each knife:
As my father Chuck Buck would say, if this is your first Buck knife, “welcome aboard.” You are now part of a very large family. We think of each one of our users as a member of the Buck Knives family, and we take care of our own.
Now that you are family, you might want to know a little more about us. Dad said it best when he said, “The fantastic growth of Buck Knives, Inc. was no accident. From the beginning, we determined to make God the Senior Partner. In a crisis, the problem was turned over to Him, and He hasn’t failed to help us with the answer. Each knife must reflect the integrity of management. If some¬times we fail on our end, because we are human, we find it imperative to do our utmost to make it right. If any of you are troubled or perplexed and looking for answers, may we invite you to look to Him, for God loves you.”
CJ Buck, CEO, Chairman of Buck Knives
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son; so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” — John 3:16
Not only an American-made knife, by a family-owned American company, but made by a Christian family-owned American company! Feels good to have it on my hip.
I also have a “pre-owned” (vintage, made-in-USA) Schrade “Uncle Henry” Medium Stockman folder on order, via eBay – an “everyday carry” pocketknife – which will be the replacement for the one I carried and used for many years, until I somehow inexplicably lost or mislaid it. I shall be glad to receive that, as well!
Update: Sunday, November 4th – My new Buck knife is sitting next to me on the window-ledge as I write this; I take it out of its case every now and again to look at and appreciate it. It’s a clip point, and the false edge is sharpened: not to any great extent, but it is sharp. Makes for a good piercing point. And of course, the locking blade gives it strength and stability. It really is a beautiful thing, approaching perfection in both design and craftsmanship.
It seems I am returning to an old love: blades, and knives in particular, with the added refinement of choosing ones that are both traditional in design and American-made – unless, of course, I decide to buy another Scandinavian one. But I have no particular plans for doing that, having already a nice set of them. I’m excited to get my Schrade “Uncle Henry,” too, which hopefully will come this week. I hope it is as nice in actuality as it appeared to be in the pictures!
Also on the subject of cutlery news: I was absolutely ecstatic to discover, yesterday, upon digging through one of the few boxes of my belongings rescued from a friend’s flooded basement (an incident which occurred a few months back), that not only all of the old family flatware, but also all or nearly all of the kitchen cutlery, survived! Some of it a touch rusted, oxidized, etc., but proved resuscitable with a little soaking and scrubbing.
So, I now have quite a collection of Rada cutlery, including paring and utility knives in several sizes, and what they call a “servingspoon” (actually a slightly bent slotted spatula), along with a number of non-Rada items – a wooden-handled “granny” fork, an old-style spreading spatula, a different style of kitchen utility knife, two vegetable-peelers, and even a grapefruit knife – drying in the cutlery compartment of the dish-drainer.
More knives than I would have expected, actually! I had not remembered that we had quite that many. Glad I didn’t order any more, as I almost did, before I found these! But I am excited to have them. Not only are they useful, but they bring back many fond memories of “elder days,” and cooking with (later for) Ma. So, even though I did not succeed in quite all my errands today, I am very happy!
Rada, incidentally, is also an American company, noting of itself: “Rada Cutlery is manufactured 100% in the USA. We’ve sold more than 150 million knives since 1948.” They do not only direct sales, but also fundraisers: I remember Rada cutlery being on display for sale at many a church social and fire-hall supper, in my youth and even up through the early years of this century (millennium). I suspect that’s where most, if not all, of ours came from.