Christmas Pap

A Gift from Long Ago

man holding schrader knife

Schrade old timer fixed blade belt knife

The other day The Deer Hunter showed me a knife he’s really proud of.

Paul gifted him the knife, but that wasn’t the first time it was gifted to someone.

Pap was the Men’s Sunday School teacher at church for over 40 years. At Christmas the class would take up a collection and get Pap a present.

About 30 years ago they gifted him with a knife set.

The set contained a Schrade pocket knife and a Schrade old timer fixed blade belt knife. Pap kept the pocket knife and gave Paul the fixed blade knife.

Paul said he never really used the knife, but kept it because Pap gave it to him. He started thinking about it and knowing The Deer Hunter is crazy about knives he decided he wanted him to have it.

man holding knife in sheath

The knife still had the factory edge on it. After The Deer Hunter sharpened it he needed a sheath for it. He went online to look for one, but discovered the company no longer makes a sheath for that particular knife. He finally found a craftsman who makes sheath by hand and got him to make one to fit it.

The Deer Hunter really likes the knife. He says it’s very well made even though it wasn’t an expensive knife when it was purchased. The knife makes him feel nostalgic.

When he was a boy he had a knife called a Schrade Sharp Finger and lots of men carried the fixed blade knives in those days.

I feel nostalgic about the knife too.

I like thinking about a group of men gifting Pap with it so many years ago as way to say thank you.

I think Pap would like knowing the knife now rides on The Deer Hunter’s side.


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    December 21, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Awww, loved reading about that. A sweet sharing all the way around . 🙂

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    December 20, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    My dear brother gave me a pocketknife one Christmas many years ago. I must have mentioned that a lot of “standard” jack knives were a little too big to fit in my dungarees pocket comfortably. He bought me a lovely little Kershaw knife – made in the USA – and I remember the model because my brother told me, “It’s name is Justin. Your knife came with it’s own name, just like a Cabbage Patch Doll.” Broke my heart when I lost that knife, because by the time I lost it, I’d lost my brother, too.

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    Ed Ammons
    December 20, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    A dull knife is not a knife. I have many knives. Every one is kept sharp. They are sharpened in different ways depending on what I need them for. I have several knives that will cut metal without dulling.
    I don’t own a fixed blade except my kitchen knives. Pap’s Schrade is a solid looking knife. That brass bolster is uncommon on knives nowdays. If they have a bolster at all it is part of the blade. That knife looks like something that would have been made 200 years ago.

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    Ken Roper
    December 20, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Pap told me once that Matt was as close as a Son to him as it gets. I don’t know if I’ve ever told Matt this, but I’m sure he knows. Pap said that one time he decided to replace the roof on one of his buildings. When Matt got there, he shimmyed right up the ladder to help a bit. Pap thought a lot of Matt. Skin a Deer for me with that Knife. …Ken

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    Larry Proffitt
    December 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    A fine knife and beautiful scabbard. No doubt Deer Hunter has it sharp . When I taught my son in law to hunt and he killed his first deer I told him now the real job begins with a sharp knife. That is one fine knife. Happy for Paul and Deer Hunter too . Family is special in our people of Appalachia. Pap would smile.

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    Ken Roper
    December 20, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    That’s a nice Fixed blade knife Paul gave to the Deer Hunter. Stacey Ass Dills stole my Daddy’s Barlow I used for peeling taters, to fix his Drug Problem. I was at work when he broke into my house and stole many other things, besides my Daddy’s knife. It took me about 3 years to get him in Jail. They turned him loose in 2 years. I blame Doctors for prescribing Oxycoton to a Stupid Boy. …Ken

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    Bill Burnett
    December 20, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I still have my Schrade Sharp Finger that was gifted to me in 1977 by a friend along with several other knives, some of which I have made myself. Knives were one of the first tools man invented that allowed our civilization to progress, they started out as sharp rocks and progressed to metal as mankind learned more about metallurgy. The TV show “Forged in Fire” on the History Channel’s popularity shows that the Deer Hunter and I aren’t the only fans of a good knife.

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    aw griff
    December 20, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I like that knife. I got curious and looked up Schrade knives. Taylor Brand bought the brand name and they are no longer made in the U.S.A. Yeah, they are made in China. Your Pap’s knife being 30 years old would be U.S.A. made.

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    December 20, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Pap would be happy knowing the knife is being used and not stored away somewhere. That is a fine looking sheath with a vintage look to match the knife.

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    Leon Pantenburg
    December 20, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Great story! Deer hunters tend to be knife enthusiasts, and that is a great story and wonderful knife. Now, the Deer Hunter needs to use that knife for its intended purpose!

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    Miss Cindy
    December 20, 2019 at 8:46 am

    The Deer Hunter really loves knives and he loved Pap too, of course everybody loved Pap. He was such a sweet and gentle man.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 20, 2019 at 8:13 am

    That is surely one fine looking knife.

    I have my Dad’s old Puma belt knife. He was given it by my cousin. After Dad died, Mom gave it back to my cousin. Then later he mailed it to me, saying he thought I ought to have it. Truth is, I don’t have any particular use for it but it is getting on for about 50 years old in the family and I’ll not be parting with it. As you say, these things have a value for and above their useful value.

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    Don Byers
    December 20, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Nice knife! I have a little Case that my dad gave me for graduation, 1960. It has never been sharpened or carried. Still in original box.

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    December 20, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Nice knife, with a touch of sentimentality.

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