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My Little Pocket Knife

I remember my first pocket knife, an old, plastic-wood patterned, Swiss Army knife that had a blade, cork screw, fork, and spoon. It was probably handed down to me from one of my older brothers. No matter, I had a knife, and all those nifty tools. I remember debuting that knife on my first scout camp near my home. There was something manly about pulling out the knife, whipping open the spoon, and diving into the beef stew our scoutmaster had made.


Ever since those early days as a boy scout, I have carried some sort of pocket knife. Maybe it was that camping memory, or maybe my Dad’s example who always carried a knife. He always carried a little Old Timer pocket knife, which he kept razor sharp. He was a master woodcarver, and he could work wonders with that little blade. I liked his knife, and not just the knife, but how he cared for it to keep it sharp and precise. But through many campouts, and daily needs, there have been times I needed more than just a blade. My mind would go back to that day in the woods, camped between two rivers, when I held that old swiss army tool in my hands with it’s spoon, fork, blade. 


Enter the Swiss Army Classic SD, a small portable knife that includes a small 1.4” blade, screw-driver/finger file, scissors, toothpick, and tweezers. The device weighs a measly 0.75 ounces is practically unnoticeable in one’s pocket. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use at least one of the little tools on the Classic SD. Whether it’s picking out a seed from the teeth or snipping off a bothersom shirt tag, I almost always have the knife in my pocket.


Here are some of the nitty-gritty details. It's very portable. The blade is small but sharp, although depending on the use it will require some attention to keep the blade sharp. The toothpick is genius! I don’t use the toothpick that often, but when I need it, it’s there. I know you're thinking, why would I need a finger file? Trust me, that little tool is great for filing off the recently clips nails so they aren’t snagging on your sweater. The screwdriver feature gets a ton of use. The scissors are good, and sharp, and I find myself cutting tags, hangnails, string, ribbon, and so many things through the day. But there is one downer - the little spring for the scissors - it weakens over time and I have had one break. Luckily you can buy replacements, but they’re a pain to install.


My Dad is gone now, and so is that old knife, but as an Eagle scout, the “Be Prepared” mantra is deeply instilled in me. And so, I carry the little knife. Like my Mom always says, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it."

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