I started carving a wood chain today... Something I haven't done in over 15 years and was wondering if anyone else ever makes these anymore.
Anyone else here make chains or other whittling projects or are these things of the past?
I haven't whittled anything in years. Nowadays, with the schools the way they are about knives, your are afraid to give any to your kids or grandkids. My grandkids would bring them to school, just like I did, but they would get in trouble.
Yup, its dead. Travis is right as to the reason. People would rather put an ipod or gameboy in the hands of young boys rather than a knife.
I got my first knife, a lock back, 2.5 inch blade, from my grandpa when I was 7.
I carry two knives at all times. I have a 3 blade Old Timer I have had for 40 years and a Case XX that is about 35 years old. I whittle with both, depending on what I'm working on, but also have a Craftsman screwdriver that I've used as a chisel for sixty years when carving birds, fish, dogs/wolves and horses.
I loved knives as a kid.... I got stopped by airport security when I was 7 and they were concerned because I had over 10 knives on me ( one being an 8" dagger) as well as flint and firestarters... They made me go put it back in our car before letting me through with just my smaller knives.
I'm not much of a whittler, but I've always loved knives as well. My boys were likewise. I took them to the state fair once, when the oldest was maybe 10. Security at the gate asked the boys if they had any knives (they didn't ask me?) The oldest promptly replied...Yeah, You want to see them? He started fishing all his knives out to show them. Both hands were full. Security kinda chuckled, but we had to make a long walk back to the pickup to leave his knives in, before we would be admitted.
Both our boys whittle and have a substantial collection of knives. Can't take them to school. Can use them in Scouts and home. Oldest started on a detailed walking stick this summer, but due to time restraints, won't finish probably until next summer.
They also like to gather kindling, cut trees into log lengths and split them.
I have whittled some not much in a few years , but knives yup got them carry a knife every day
I encourage any of you who have stopped wearing or carrying a knife to start again I have for the last almost 2 years have carried a 5 inch blade on my side , I made it myself from a blank and made my own sheath it is great for all sorts of things I use it every day more to fix my lunch than anything but for lots of things
carry , I have only had one person ask me about carrying it and it was a person who carries a concealed handgun asking me if anyone evr said anything about my knife , no one has stopped me and told me I needed to take it to my truck or anything like that , I carry it to church , to work , to the kids school where i check in in the office , they never said anything.
I have always carried knives but usually folders , no one ever said anything about a folder either , weather worn on my belt or hooked to a pants pocket with the clip or well they likely didn't see the one in my pocket
when I was young every time we would see a friend of my dads he would ask to see my knife , he would look it over , and almost always smile and reply "very good, scary sharp"
so carry on , lets see that steel and those whittling projects
A forum community dedicated to living sustainably and self sufficiently. Come join the discussion about livestock, farming, gardening, DIY projects, hobbies, recipes, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!