My father was a reasonably handy guy. Probably a 6.5 out of 10. My parents split when I was in the 7th grade, and by the time he passed when I was in my early 20s, we were pretty well totally estranged. But I do remember following him around while he was fixing stuff when I was growing up. He did teach me the fundamentals of hand tools, and he gave me my first knife.
It was nothing fancy, just a small, two-bladed Case style pocket-folder. I used it to make my marshmallow stick the first night of a campout, and promptly dropped and lost it the second.
Now that I am a dad, to a wonderful 5yo daughter and 3yo son, my thoughts turn to teaching them about tools. My daughter got her first archery set for her 5th birthday, and will get her Red Ryder for her upcoming one. They both are starting to use hand tools, in fact Thing 1 was able to use the band saw to make a couple of Xmas gifts this year. Thing 2 bangs stuff with a hammer, and would rather watch me work than watch TV.
So for my Question(s) of the day:
Was your Dad a “knife guy”? Did he or someone else teach you about knives, or did you pick up the interest on your own? Please share your stories in the comments below.
Happy Father’s day to the “Daddy’s” out there. Any man can be a father. But it takes a special one to be a “daddy”.