Before the age of Spydercos and Swiss Army Knives, ‘most every Boy Scout carried a knife like this one (but with faux stag scales.) They didn’t have tweezers, toothpicks or Victorinox Rostfrei steel: just a pair of blades and a pair of tools with a lanyard loop at one end. They weren’t fancy, but they did their jobs and hundreds of thousands of young Scouts earned their Totin’ Chip cards and carved their walking sticks with them . . .
Most classic Boy Scout knives were made by Camillus, but production ceased when they went out of business in 2007. The Sarge Boy Scout Knife pictured above is updated with 440C stainless blades and stained Birch scales.
This classic Boy Scout knife design is pretty dated today, and in the grand scheme of things it’s probably somewhere between ‘retro’ and ‘obsolete.’ There are many better and safer knife designs available today, and the main reason to pocket a knife like this is probably nostalgia.
Several of my own Boy Scout knife mishaps were the result of slipjoint blades closing on my fingers. Lockbacks like the Buck 110 and 112 weren’t that common among Boy Scouts in the 1970s, but I can’t imagine giving a young Scout any knife without some kind of blade lock today.