Show and Tell

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Show and Tell

Engraving and Wire Inlay
by Bill Cheatam

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Bill Cheatam ran us through a short coarse on engraving. He explained the different types of engraving and how to inlay gold and silver wire. He also went through some of the tools used and how the gravers or points were shaped and sharpened for different uses and cuts.  D’ Holder presented Bill with a thank-you knife at the end of the program.

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Poisonous Critters of Arizona
by Ann Marie Krueger
of the Samaritan Regional Poison Control Center


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Our program for the January 2002 meeting was a little off the knife topic but it touched on the outdoor theme.  It was presented by Ann Marie Krueger of the Samaritan Regional Poison Center and was entitled “Poisonous Critters of Arizona.”  It was a 30 minute program with slides and handouts, with a question and answer period afterward.  Ann Marie discussed the various venomous and poisonous animals one might encounter in Arizona, including scorpions, snakes, spiders and lizards.  Bottom line: the best way to avoid being stung or bitten is to leave them alone.  Most bites and stings are “non-accidental”…they happened because somebody was doing something they should not have been doing, such as harassing a snake.  The program was interesting and informative.  D’ Holder presented Ann Marie with a thank-you knife at the end of the program.

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Dive and Tool Knives
by Doug Loney


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At the June 2001 meeting, Doug presented a collection of knives that he called his Dive and Tool Knives.  Doug first got interested in multi-purpose knives as a scuba diver. The common element to the entire collection is that every one of these has a knife blade among their tools. Doug brought 182 of his tool knives to the meeting…and that’s not all of them!  Represented within his collection are knives made by all major knife manufacturers and all major gun manufacturers. A number of themes exist among Doug’s collection, including: fishing tools, hunting tools, horticultural tools, hobo’s, survival knives, money clips, pruning shears, credit card knives, pen knives and electricians tools.  There is a hatchet that turns into a knife and a knife that turns into a hatchet. Among the autos is even a “switch pliers”. There are knife tools with compasses, whistles, altimeters and lighters. There’s one for bow hunters and one for muzzleloaders. He has rescue tools for emergency personnel. Among the survival knives are one with a sling shot and one with a bow and arrow.  This description only begins to scratch the surface of all the multi-purpose knives Doug showed us. Needless to say, this was a fascinating presentation and the members really appreciated Doug sharing his collection with us.  In appreciation for giving his presentation, D’ gave a Schrade pocket knife to Doug.

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Hand Me Down Knives
by Mike Mooney


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At the April 2001 meeting, I presented a collection of knives I call my Hand-Me-Down Knives. These are all knives that belonged to members of my family, and they are very special to me. Allow me to tell you why.

Several members of my family were avid outdoorsmen, particularly my grandfather, Raymond Mooney. This guy was my hero. One of the first Allied pilots in World War I, he survived being shot down over France in 1917, was taken for dead and saved when somebody saw a hand twitch in a pile of dead bodies. After a lengthy recovery he kept his injured arm but lost use of his right hand. Despite having been right-handed, he became an accomplished left-handed fly fisherman and successful big game hunter, both here and in Africa. (Boy, do I wish I had those elephant tusks!!)

Grandpa Ray knew great men. He knew Roy Weatherby, and had him modify a Mauser action to make him a left-handed.270 Weatherby Magnum rifle. (He amazed the guides in Montana with that rifle, who had shot nothing but “thudy-thudy’s” before that!) He knew Eddie Bauer when he was sewing down sleeping bags himself in the attic over his garage in Seattle. And he was a friend of Ed Bohlin, the famous saddle maker, who gave him a knife and scabbard that I now have. Many of the knives in the Hand-Me-Down Collection were given to me by my Grandpa when, at 89, he decided he probably wasn’t going to be doing much more hunting and fishing.

The Marbles Folding Safety Knife is the neatest one in the collection. The stag is beautiful and the blade is like new except for a nice patina. The BohlinMade scabbard is probably more valuable than the knife, itself. The Puma folding knife with the big nickel-silver knob for bopping fish on the head is more valuable than I had thought. The blade is etched “Abercrombie & Fitch Co New York”, from the days when that meant a lot more than yuppie clothes. (I still want to catch the fish that requires a whacker like that!) The Joseph Rodgers Trapper is also etched Abercrombie & Fitch Co New York. Among those not pictured is a Hen and Rooster stainless steel fly fishing knife, with a handy little spike for removing wind knots…I use that regularly.

After my father’s death in 1995, I found among his belongings a number of knives. Some I had been aware of, like the Schrade fishtail switchblade and the Case XX Barlow. Others, I had no idea he had owned, like the Marbles Woodcraft. I love to carry the little Case XX Stockman. The memories these knives conjure up when I handle them or use them, (yes, I actually use them, as that is what they were for and what Dad would have wanted), bring me a wonderful sense of who I am and where I come from. The Woodcraft cleaned my first elk after Dad died, and it was hard to see through the tears.

Although I have been amazed to find out what many of these knives are worth, and have been offered cash for several of them, there is no value I can put on them. In fact, some of the less “valuable” ones are the most valued by me. This is an aspect of collecting that has greater interest to me than buying a knife with an unknown history, even though it may be a bargain, as those knives used by loved ones as everyday tools are the most treasured items in my possession.

Thanks for reading my story…now let’s hear about your collection.

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