Earlier this week, I went to see what the cops had done about the junkie encampment I had reported last week (went down to Police HQ, called up to dispatch, they said they get people on it). Not surprisingly, nothing had been done at all, and it had in fact become more entrenched. So, I took pictures of the area, and went down to the newspaper to give them a lead on a story (they say they may do so as part of a bigger story). On the way to the newspaper station downtown though, I passed by a convenience store where the junkies of the crackhead and meth variety buy their crack/meth pipes, and all types of junkies buy their cigarettes. In the window, I saw some old-timey slipjoint knives, nestled by the windowsill. So, I went in and bought them. Got all three for $20. The Medford Marauder that had been in my pocket makes for a great size comparison shot. You can see the Richards logo here pretty clearly. This one is a true jack-knife...previously owned by a guy named Jack! You can see that the Confederation knife was sharpened freehand the way many old-timers did it. The small one seems to have seen the most use; rounded blade tips, and engraved so as to not get swiped as easily. The Confederation knife saw a fair bit of use too. The 3 blade Scout model saw zero use at all! It had never even had an edge put on it...dull as a butter knife, just the way it shipped initially. All three had not been oiled in quite some time; these pics are from after I washed them in hot soapy water, towel and blow-dried them, and then soaked them in mineral oil. Given the area I bought them in, and the fact they all seem to have come from the same collection (all made by Richards of England), my theory is that some sketchy junkie probably traded in his grandfather's pocketknives for some cigarettes and a crack pipe.