Ithaca Model 37s: Form and Function!

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Different strokes for different folks, but I think these are just pretty! I like side-by-sides best, but classic old pump-guns like these Ithaca Model 37s are a close second. True examples of “form follows function,” from a time when both form and function mattered to the makers… these, to my mind, show the perfect blend of both!

Words Have Meaning | The Southern Agrarian (with some thoughts and reflections inspired thereby)

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gen-tle-man – noun a : a man of noble or gentle birth b : a man belonging to the landed gentry c(1) : a man who combines gentle birth or rank with chivalrous qualities (2) : a man whose conduct conforms to a high standard of propriety or correct behavior …

Source: Words Have Meaning | The Southern Agrarian

There is much that could be said about this piece, and all of it good. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest!

One thing for which I especially wish to thank the author, Stephen Clay McGeehee, is his mention of the absurd and dismaying irony in today’s so-called “gentlemen’s clubs.” I have long been struck by the complete divorce from reality represented by that designation. True gentlemen’s clubs, in the classic and authentic sense, are few and far between, nowadays, alas. But they once existed! And a few still do.

One superb example, which is still extant (though nowadays it has become “coed,” like so many other distinguished institutions for men) is The Cosmos Club, in Washington, DC. It was there that the National Geographic Society was founded, in 1888 – only ten years after the Club opened.

Its website, which I commend to the attention of my readers, mentions that

“Cosmos Club members have included three U.S. Presidents, two U.S. Vice Presidents, a dozen Supreme Court justices, 36 Nobel Prize winners, 61 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 55 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

The “About the Cosmos Club” page includes a very interesting video on the Club’s history, to which I link here:

Even the dress code is admirable:

“Gentlemen are expected to wear jackets, dress slacks, a collared long-sleeved shirt (tucked-in) or turtleneck at all times. Ties are required only in the Garden Dining Room at Sunday brunch, and at lunch and dinner. Ties are not required anywhere else in the clubhouse.

“Ladies are expected to dress in an equivalent fashion, which means dresses, suits, skirts or dress slacks with jackets or tops of equivalent formality. Leggings or tights, unless worn with skirts, dresses, or long jackets, are not considered to be of equivalent formality.

“Military uniforms and national dress of equivalent formality are also acceptable.” [I am presuming that this includes formal Scots Highland dress!] “At black-tie events, members and guests in attendance are expected to dress appropriately for the occasion.

“Sweat suits or other athletic or sports attire, jeans or other denim garments, sneakers, flip-flops, athletic footwear and shorts are never acceptable in the public rooms.”

Amen!

Alas, I am unlikely ever to rise to a level of social distinction to be invited to membership in the Cosmos Club! But I can, and do, admire it from afar. And on a more international level, once finds such organizations as the International Order of St. Hubertus. The website of the U.S. branch notes that

“The International Order of St. Hubertus is comprised of an international group of individuals, Ordensbrothers, who are passionate about the sports of hunting and fishing, and who are vitally interested and actively involved in the preservation of wildlife, its habitat, and the tradition of ethical hunting and fishing.”

International Order of Saint Hubertus • Established Anno Domini 1695

The motto of the Order is Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes: “Honoring God by Honoring His Creatures.” This is another one for which I regret that I will almost certainly never qualify! But once again, I respect and admire them, even though I must do so from afar.

Both of these, and the other remaining exemplars of their type, are a far cry from what is referred to as “gentlemen’s clubs,” in the common (in several sense of the word) parlance! But I have now digressed far from the central point – that words do, indeed, have meaning, and that the words we choose matter, and matter deeply – of this excellent essay, to which, once again, I commend your sympathetic attention.

As Stephen Clay McGeehee so aptly concludes,

“Perhaps we cannot stop the process of cultural Marxism as it destroys our society by changing the way people think. Perhaps it has already gone too far. We can, however, control it in our families, among our friends and associates, in our churches, and other places where we have a leadership role. Men think in words, and words have meaning. Insist that words be used correctly.”

Indeed.

 

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

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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!