Question of the Day: Was your Dad a “Knife Guy”?

pocketknifeMy 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.


Teaching kids to use tools also teaches them safety and responsibility.


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”.



  1. Nathan says:

    My first exposure was through cub scouts and I had a (mostly knock off) Swiss Army knife throughout my years. I became a knife guy after I got into the Youtube community (thanks Nutnfancy and Cutlerylover). Now 2 and a half years later my knowledge has expanded to the point where I could possibly make my own knives if I was a little more handy and artistic. But no, my dad was never into knives. Guns were the same way. We had a pistol but I didn’t even know about it until I was about 10. My grandpa taught me how to shoot

  2. Steven De Staercke says:

    My father was not really a knife guy but I was very young when he bought me my first pocket knife. I got a Leatherman when I turned 18. He always supported my love for knives.

  3. I_Like_Pie says:

    There are no fewer than 10 knives in every room of my father’s house. They are everywhere.

  4. Sam L. says:

    My dad wasn’t, but I did find his K55 Cat knife in a fishing box. His brother went to Germany and brought back a slim 2-blade Henkels for me.

  5. jlottmc says:

    Unfortunately, my old man was/is too drunk or high to actually be attached to much of anything. My uncle who was much more a father to me than my own ever was, does mountain man recreations. I learned knife skills and shooting from him. I tried the scout route, but it was quickly apparent that a bunch of helicopter type den mothers were not going to teach a bunch of boys skills they wanted to learn. I am teaching my 6 year old daughter the ways of life how ever. She seems to be receptive.

  6. Mark says:

    Yes, if by “knife guy” you mean a man who carried and used a knife every day. He was never without a small two- or three-blade traditional pocketknife. He always had a well-worn whetstone too that he used to wear down the blades until those resembled toothpicks. I’ve bought him larger pocketknives, and he disdains those. I bought him an inexpensive small pocketknife a year ago and he loved it. It’s all what you become accustomed to. Back in the 1950s I guess every boy and man who carried a knife carried a small folder. To him that’s a “normal” knife.

  7. GC says:

    I didn’t pick up this hobby from my dad. In fact he doesn’t understand my fascination with knives. To him there are only two categories of knives: kitchen knives and fighting knives. I started out with a basic Swiss Army knife that I bought to take along on hiking trips when I was in university. That showed me the usefulness of having a knife and my interest took off from there.

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