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Re: pen knife

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  • From: Richard Knoppow <dickburk@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2008 18:08:53 -0800
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Robert W. Schramm" <schrammrus@hotmail.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 6:02 PM
Subject: RE: pen knife

When I was in grade school every boy had a pocket knife or penknife. It was used for whittling, playing mumbley peg, carving your name on trees, benches and school desks and such like. There was a special
official "Boy Scout knife' that you carried if you were a Boy Scout. The best pocket knife I ever had could be
opened with one hand. It had a button on it which when pressed caused the blade to snap open and lock.
At the time it was called a switchblade knife. I believe they are now illegal. In my youth and middle age
I did not carry a pocket knife but now that I am an old coot I carry a small pocket knife. I have found this to be
necessary because the packaging of products today is such that it is very difficult for old folks with arthritis
to open them. It is apparent that the people who design "tamper-proof" packaging do not take us old
coots into consideration. Every old coot should get themselves a nice pocket knife and keep it sharp. You could
also use it to defend yourself from any young whippersnappers that bother you. ;-) That'smy advice from a coot who knows.

Bob Schramm
I remember two kinds of switch blade knives. One was as you describe, unfolding by spring pressure. The other had the blade pushed into the handle (haft?), it would pop out when a button was pushed. Both are illegal in most places. In fact, folding knives with blade locks are illegal in most places. You will find that utility knives, as sold in hardware stores, have non-locking knife blades but the screwdriver blade does lock.
So, all one needs in addition is a leather motorcycle jacket and a DJ. I am afraid the latter is beyond me now.

Richard Knoppow
Los Angeles, CA, USA

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