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  1. You don't have to be older than dirt, but at least have some years on 'ya to remember when folding knives were just called "Pocket Knives." In the new age of retronyms the term is "slip-joint." I have fond memories of those knives, especially the ones I couldn't afford when my only income was from shoveling snow, mowing lawns, and my paper route. Thirty some years ago, I found some prime Sambar stag scales , just before the stag ban, and some red jigged bone scales like the old Case "Muskrat" that my father gave me when I was about 9. I lost that fishing when I fell in the swollen spring stream and my waders filled and started to drag me under. That knife saved my life, I hung on to my rod and reel, but lost the knife. My father never found out though, he passed away that summer. My passion for those old Pocket Knives never dragged under, just put off till now. I dug out those Sambar and bone scales, and patterns of slip-joint folders I made about thirty years ago, and the passion roared into flames! Here are a small 2-blade and large Muskrat in Sambar stag. I have enough stag to make only five more small and 1 or 2 more large single blade folders. I wish I could give one to my father, but I'll just have keep at least one for myself. Shall it be stag or red jigged bone, maybe one of each. See and hear that large Muskrat walk and talk on my Twitter page @Bladesmith111
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