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Best Day Ever.....Lost Knife Found

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Garth Reckner, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. Garth Reckner

    Garth Reckner Moderator Moderator

    Dec 13, 2004
    Back in the spring I was out in the woods and lost my Rat Trap folder in the swamp. Most of our 40 acres is under 12"-18" of water this time of year. I was just out checking stands, looking for spring deer trails and setting some cameras. Somewhere along the way I lost my Rat Trap. I spent days searching for it. Retraced all my steps, recruited friends and family, borrowed a very high tech metal detector, and even offered a $500 reward for anyone that found my knife.

    That knife had been in my pocket everyday for the better part of 15 years. I couldn't believe that I lost it. Walking even felt off without it in my pocket.

    Well, fast forward to last weekend. It is that time of year to be checking trail cameras every few days. I took advantage of a nice day and headed out to the woods. Much of the flooded swamps have gone down now so it makes it a bit easier to get through the woods.

    I look down next to the trail that was underwater this spring and what do you know:
    I can't believe I even saw it. I had pretty much written it off at this point. I was so happy that I called my wife. I don't think she cared nearly as much as I did. Anyway I was stoked and I gotta tell you that after being submersed in swamp water for the better part of 5 months it was in great shape.
    Aside from some minor surface oxidation and needing a good cleaning it was fine. Took it home and cleaned it all out. She works great. Little bit of a touch up with a scotch wheel and she is good as new. I did bend the pocket clip down a bit as I am pretty sure it was just loose enough to slip up and out of my pocket while climbing over a log in the swamp. Now it is nice and tight and it won't be slipping out again.

    I am sure you guys don't care near as much as I do but wanted to share the good news and show you what happens when you soak something in a swamp for 5 months.

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  2. DamascusBowie

    DamascusBowie Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 20, 2016
    Wow, that's one heck of an adventure, and a sure sign of good fortune!
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  3. punk909

    punk909 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    Lucky find!
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  4. Dangerneck

    Dangerneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 13, 2012
    CONGRATS MAN! That's a helluva stroke of luck. Glad you found your EDC. We care; none of us ever want to lose a sweet blade.
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  5. Ironkid883


    Jun 29, 2018
    Awesome glad you found it nothing worse than losing a lifelong friend aka knife
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  6. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Glad you found it Garth man your lucky there, I lost mine in 40ft of Mississippi river water. I know what you mean about carrying a knife for that long it hurts like losing your old friend. I'm glad it worked out for you, now all you need is that big Buck to walk by on your morning hunt. Have a good one and be safe out there.
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  7. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Go buy a lotto ticket!
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  8. Maggot Brain

    Maggot Brain Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2012

    Simply an amazing story, THANK YOU for sharing! It's not the knife that counts, it's all the times that you remember using it for all sorts of stuff for so many different memories. You could get another Rat Trap, but you won't find another with all those memories and honest wear marks. The fact that you were willing to offer $500 in reward says it all, as I don't believe even those knives go for that much if you were to buy another to replace it.

    This story reminds me of when I was out hunting in MI with my father in law (RIP) years ago, he dropped a bright yellow GPS unit in the leaf litter while out on public land up in the thumb of MI. He swore he was going to find it because he knew about where he dropped it, I of course had ZERO expectation we'd ever see it under all the leaf litter (It was HEAVY). We gave up after a couple hours once the sun had set for the evening, I learned a lesson that day about securing important kit while out in the woods.
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  9. ironwagon

    ironwagon Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 23, 2015
    :thumbsup::cool::D:thumbsup: Awesome news Garth!!! :)
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  10. lmcq784

    lmcq784 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Awesome rediscovery!!
    It always hurts to lose something that's close to you... No matter the monetary value. The comfort and security of having it with you is irreplaceable. I'm glad you found it!!
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  11. Thesian

    Thesian Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Early Christmas...you must be living right!
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  12. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    Congrats !!!!!!! That’s great news !!!
  13. argyle1812

    argyle1812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    I think this calls for another run of these!
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  14. tuica

    tuica Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Thanks for that fine story, Garth.
  15. salvo


    Mar 14, 2006
    Amazing you found it, congrats!
  16. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    My woods still have the Park Ranger my brother dropped two years ago. I hope to come across it one day. We searched quite some time for that thing to no avail.
  17. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Congrats on finding the knife Garth! That's crazy cool! :D
  18. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    I know exactly the feeling. I have been there and searched for hours upon hours past when all hope is gone and all others have called it.

    That is amazing! I’m very happy for you.
  19. evltcat

    evltcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    AWESOME Garth!!!! :eek::D:thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Never been that lucky with thing's I've lost...
  20. cobrajet

    cobrajet Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2012
    Me either. My kids always seem to find their way home....
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