Another Exercise in Choice (6 knives)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by JohnDF, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:23 AM.

  1. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Scenario
    A small museum calls and they have a spot open to display Quintessential American (USA) pocket knives. They have just enough room to display 6 knives that fairly represent the iconic traditional pocket knives in American history. Which six knives would you send them?
     
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  2. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Trapper
    Stockman
    Sodbuster
    Hobo
    Barlow
    Congress/Whittler
     
  3. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Nice list... But which ones?
     
  4. el gigantor

    el gigantor Gold Member Gold Member

    80
    Oct 5, 2015
    This is the perfect list!
     
  5. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I think I would send...
    Case Trapper
    Old Timer Stockman
    Ulster Scout Knife
    Imperial Barlow
    Case Peanut
    Case Sodbuster (not pictured)
    Honorable mention to the Buck 110

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    Obviously I need to add the Case Sodbuster and Buck 110 to my collection
     
  6. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I wouldn't send them anything. Let them buy their own darn knives.
     
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  7. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Sorry thought of patterns, not brands.
    Case Trapper
    Winchester Stockman
    Case Sodbuster
    Hobo (still traveling)
    Waynorth Barlow
    GEC Congress/Whittler

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  8. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    1. Barlow. Various makers. Sawcut brown or red bone, clip and pen blades. (Come on, George Washington and Tom Sawyer carried Barlows!)

    2. Congress. Various makers. Four-blade. (Lincoln had one in his pocket when he died.)

    3. Case trapper. Yellow or jigged bone.

    4. Schrade stockman. I like my Schrade Scrimshaw knife with mallards, but the Old Timer is great too. Full size, of course.

    5. Scout knife. Various makers. (Or US demo knife--same blades, all stainless steel.)

    6. Pen knife, like so many of our fathers and grandfathers carried. Various makers (Case, Schrade, Camillus, etc.).

    [Edited to replace the Buck 110 with pen knife, as the 110 is really more of a sheath knife than a pocket knife.]
     
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  9. kamagong

    kamagong

    Jan 13, 2001
    1. Russell Barlow
    2. Remington 1173 trapper
    3. Ulster scout knife
    4. Schrade 8OT stockman
    5. Case sodbuster
    6. Buck 110
     
  10. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Lol... :D:thumbsup:

    Great answer. :D:thumbsup:

    Good list, Vince. :D:thumbsup:

    Good list, kamagong. :D:thumbsup:
     
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  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I think you got it mate :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Scott J.

    Scott J. Basic Member Basic Member

    268
    Jun 8, 2019
    The Buck 110 absolutely needs to be included.
     
  13. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Buck 110
    Camillus scout
    Camillus 2 blade pen
    Imperial Barlow
    Schrade OT stockman
    Case yellow delrin trapper.
     
  14. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Really good list.
    I would probably replace the sodbuster with a little two blade pen knife or case peanut though, lots of people carried and inexpensive little two blader and I'll bet it's what a lot of people picture when they think of a pocket knife.

    I can't think of a specific make of pen as appropriate as those you've listed though.
     
  15. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I got my list from what I've personally encountered and all the fabulous stories here on the Porch.
     
  16. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    A knife made in Sheffield: barlow
    A knife made in Germany : whittler
    A knife made in France: Laguiole
    A knife made in Spain:Navaja
    A knife made in U.S.A.: Trapper
    A knife made from flint knapped by a Native American
    And if you think about what The United States Of America is you'll understand my choices;):thumbsup:
     
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  17. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    I like all of those knives, David, but John specified "quintessential American." I don't think my Laguiole and navaja qualify as much as I love them. But your point is right: Americans come from all over the world.
     
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  18. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    Vince, Your right of course, my French and Spanish choices aren't as well known here. Also that it was my intention though to illustrate our diversity. Much of our cutlery tradition is deeply rooted in England and Germany especially. Maybe I should have said a French trade knife instead ;)
    Which leaves me to ask, which patterns originated solely here? Perhaps the stockman and trapper?
     
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  19. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    My guess is yes, the stockman and trapper. The Barlow started in England, but it was made here early on and I think it's fair to consider it a quintessential American pattern too. At the moment, I am enamoured with French knives, but I do love my trappers and stockmans.
     
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  20. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    I suspect that Stock knives may have originated in England specifically for the American and to a lesser extent, Australian markets. But the pattern most certainly caught on in the USA both amongst cutlers and consumers.:cool:
     

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