Glories of the West: Gene Kelly – Roller Skates

Holy smokes! I had not seen this one. A stellar performance! I can barely stay upright on roller skates, much less tap-dance in them. A tap dancer extraordinaire. One of the true greats!

I also like how nice everyone looks: my parents’ generation: people dressed better just to step out the door (and sometimes even at home) than a lot of folks do to go to church, nowadays. If they even go, that is…


Buck Knives: doing it right!

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“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… If any of you are troubled or perplexed and looking for answers, may we invite you to look to Him, for God loves you.”

— Chuck Buck: from the “Forever Warranty” page, Buck Knives website

Source: The Buck Forever Warranty – Buck® Knives OFFICIAL SITE

Full version:

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 sometimes 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.”

We have stood by these values since 1902 and honor our products with this Forever Warranty. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding your knife.

CJ Buck

President, CEO, Chairman of Buck Knives

And they put their money where their mouth is, with the “Forever Warranty.” I particularly like this:

If your knife has sentimental value, please make a note of it when you send the knife to us so that we can determine whether to repair or replace.

That, to me, shows way-above-average class – and compassion, realizing that a knife is more than just a tool: it is (or can be) part of a person’s individual “story,” and often their family history as well. Well done, Buck Knives!

I am in the process of finding a replacement for my old Schrade Uncle Henry 3-blade “Stockman,” and since they are no longer made by the original company, or in the U.S., that means buying “pre-owned.” But I think my next new knife is going to have to be a Buck.

Many thanks to Stephen Clay McGehee, who alerted me to the fact that Buck Knives is not only a family-owned company, but one whose ethic is based firmly in the Christian faith.

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!

Be A Southern Gentleman – Defining The Southern Gentleman, Part 1

Every man is going to be something. Be a Southern gentleman.

Source: Be A Southern Gentleman – Defining The Southern Gentleman, Part 1

From the inestimable Stephen McGehee, who notes:

“Being a Southern gentleman is a state of being. It is not something that is put on to impress others and then taken off. It is a lifestyle based on the ancient code of chivalry. It is a mindset of putting others first and having a truly humble spirit. It is a respect for others – and for oneself. It is respecting the dignity of all men, no matter what their station in life may be. It is a deep and abiding reverence and respect for women, coupled with the manners and etiquette that outwardly demonstrate that reverence. It is the understanding that we are not self-made men, but we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. It is a reverence for the God who created us, and who is the source of all of our many blessings.”

While cautioning us to understand that “no one possess all of these traits. Most of us are fortunate if we can successfully cultivate even a few of them,” he reminds us that

“What sets a man apart as a Southern gentleman is that he understands the goals, knows that they are important, and strives with every fiber of his being to be a Southern gentleman. When he fails, he is determined to do better next time and never makes excuses.

“Being a Southern gentleman is a journey. It is not a destination.”

Indeed it is, and a journey worth embarking upon, regardless of where one is geographically located. As another Southern friend of mine has remarked, these days not all Yankees (properly damnedyankees) are in the North, nor are all Southerners in the South. Yet as Mr. McGehee further points out, in a comment to another post,

Southern culture – and the Southern hospitality that is so much a part of it – is still alive and well in much of The South; especially in the more rural parts. Much of this came from the culture of the English Cavaliers who came to The South during the English civil war and brought with them their respect for good manners and gracious hospitality.

Reassuring indeed that so much of it still survives! It is not so in all areas of this once-great land of ours. Yet cultural influences, for good or ill, can long linger. See David Hackett Fischer, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, to learn more about how the points of origin of the original settlers of the British North American colonies, that later became the original United States, continues to affect the character and ethos of the regions they settled, many centuries later.

I am eagerly looking forward to Mr. McGehee’s “Part 2.” God save The South!