I’m sure that for many of you, your first knife holds a special place in your heart. Mine certainly does. It was a tool, a teacher, and a treasured friend…
Although I had a couple of knock-off Swiss army knives that I earned selling popcorn as a Boy Scout, the first “real” knife I received when I was young was given to me by my father. It is an official BSA Whittler made in the USA by Camillus. Adorned with faux jigged bone scales, it sports 3 flat ground blades (a large and small clip point, and a small sheepsfoot) made of some variety of carbon steel.
With this knife, I learned how to care for, and respect, a blade. I can remember sitting on our front steps and using the knife to whittle neckerchief slides, using mostly the small blades. The small clip did most of the carving, while the sheepsfoot was used mostly for scoring and notching. Of course, it accompanied me on countless camping trips. It was an object of pride and different from the knives most of my scout mates carried. I still carry it occasionally today, and it always feels special.
Eventually I transitioned to the traditional “Scout” pattern knife, and then on to Swiss Army Knives and Leatherman products, but of all the knives in my collection, this Camillus BSA Whittler is the only one that I will never part with. What about you? Tell us about your first knife.