Let’s say, due to circumstances beyond your control, you are only able to keep one knife from your collection. What would it be? Would it be your EDC? Or, perhaps the knife you choose would be an antique or something that is no longer made and could not be replaced. Maybe you would choose something for sentimental reasons.
My choice would be a sentimental one–my Camillus Official BSA Whittler, given to me by my father, was my first “real” knife as a child. My father also carried a Camillus Whittler as a Boy Scout, a black handled example that he still uses to this day. Mine is the one knife I will never part with, as there is no way to replace the history wrapped up in it’s jigged faux-bone scales. Not to mention the fact that there is no longer a factory in Camillus, NY that is making knives.
My BSA Whittler has grown with me. You can see the evidence of the progression of my skills over the years. I shudder to think of the days when I used to hone it with one of those nasty pull-through carbide sharpeners. Eventually, I learned how terrible these types of sharpeners are and began sharpening the blades on bench stones, and later, a Spyderco Sharpmaker. You can still see some carbide scars on the coping blade, although that will probably change soon. I’ve recently given the main blade some attention–clearing away the last of the scars by giving it a mirror polished convex edge. Done by hand, it took some time, but it felt good to treat the old Whittler with the respect it deserves.
And now it is your turn. What knife from your collection would you save?