I randomly came across this column from the Jamaica Gleaner. In it the author shares the origin of his personal love of knives, as well as gives some interesting information and anecdotes about several iconic knife styles from around the world. The piece is also rife with puns, both amusing and often groan-worthy.
From Jamaica Gleaner:
But to cut to the chase, I am not sure when my fascination with knives started, but it was different from how the comedian Red Foxx (Sanford and Son) acquired his. He explained in an ironic comment about American preconceptions, “I carry a knife now because I read in a white magazine that all black people carry knives. So I rushed out and bought me one.”
The other comedian who might have been talking about my days at Picadilly E.C. School in the heart of Port-of-Spain, Emo Phillips, quipped, “In our school, you were searched for guns and knives on the way in, and if you didn’t have any, they gave you some.” It was the kind of area that Rodney Dangerfield boasted that he grew up in: “I came from a real tough neighbourhood. Once a guy pulled a knife on me. I knew he wasn’t a professional, the knife had butter on it.”
There are some interesting bits about the Gurkhas and their legendary kukri knives,
One of the more recent examples of Gurkha courage and the potency of their kukris is the story of a retired Gurkha, Bishnu Shrestha, who alone and armed only with a kukri defeated 30 bandits who attacked a passenger train he was on in India. He was reported to have killed three of the bandits, wounded eight more, and forced the rest of the band to flee. This is why Britain’s Prince Harry, who served alongside Gurkhas during his 2007 to 2008 tour in Afghanistan, said there was ‘no safer place’ than by the side of a Gurkha.
And a great deal more. Read the whole thing.