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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 09-23-2007 10:59 PM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a knife I made almost 60 years ago. _Bob, reminded me of this in his metal working blog. I told Bob I’d get a picture of it, But the knife now lives with my oldest Son down in AR. He kindly sent me some pictures.

Our high school offered an General metals course, in 10th grade. The first 1/3 of the year we learned how to weld, both Gas, & Electric arc. The next 1/3 we did blacksmithing, & forging. The last 1/3 we did pattern making, & casting aluminum.

This knife was made in blacksmithing, or forging class. We learned how to harden , & temper steel.
We also made some chisels, & punches.

The ends of the handle are hand casted aluminum. The rest of the handle is leather, & a plastic like fiber, I guess it was called bakelite.

That metal working class was a great experience, it has helped me a lot over the years.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 09-23-2007 11:37 PM

Really nice to see that your creativness is still apreciated after all these years.

I still have a few things from my Wood and metal shop classes – These classes along with the technical drawing class have stood me in good stead over the years – I do not think that this type of shop is still taught in schools today in the UK. Its all computers an electronics – where are our next generation of enginineers going to come from???

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#2 posted 09-24-2007 12:00 AM

That’s a neat treasure,Dick. Now days if you made a knife in school they would throw you out and have your head shrunk. I’m sure glad we’re old, aren’t you?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-24-2007 12:33 AM

Beautiful Dick.
Mine was almost a twin to that with plexglass rings in the handle.
Everybody wanted my knife with the clear handle and deep down I wanted the hdie handle.
Mine was about 1950-51.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 09-24-2007 12:40 AM

great looking project ! you are lucky it has stuck around all this time.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 09-24-2007 02:23 AM

we definitely need to be teaching our children the basics – - the real “how to’s”.

great knife. I’m glad to see that it hasn’t gotten lost.

1948… I remem….
nah.. before my time.

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#6 posted 09-24-2007 03:08 PM

Hi Dick;

It’s incredible that you have managed to keep track of such things for so many years. I can’t find the hammer I was using yesterday!

What a sad thing it is that classes like this are no longer taught in high schools. As Tom mentioned, seventeen different agencies would need to be called in if a child expressed an interest in learning this.

Great post.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 09-24-2007 03:22 PM

Thanks to all!
Things have changed over the years. They converted the foundry into a band room.
I remember when our class stayed after school one day. We poured molten aluminum into molds to make the drive wheels for a small size locomotive. They were about 12” in diameter.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 09-24-2007 07:51 PM

Looks just like the 40 y/o Case I use today during hunting season. Except your blade’s a little thicker. True woodsman’s tool. What a wonderful gift you gave your son. That knife will last forever, if taken care of, and it sure has been so far. Good to hear from you Dick, missed you. mike

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#9 posted 09-24-2007 07:53 PM

That’s cool – did you use it for hunting/skinning ?

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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#10 posted 09-24-2007 08:15 PM

I’m not a hunter, the reason I made it, is just to make it . Every kid wants to own a hunting knife I guess.

My son uses it as a tool for cutting things once in awhile, in his graphics sign shop.

The steel is really hard, it took awhile to get a good edge on it, but it holds its edge once it’s sharp.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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