Any scout leaders or scout dads

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  1. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My nephew is 11 years old, just rejoined the boy scouts after skipping a year. I was thinking of getting him a decent pocket knife for Christmas, but do not know what type would be most useful, and meet any safety requirements the scouts might have. Don't want to go too cheap, but don't want to break the bank on something he might lose or misplace either. So what is the collective ftf expert opinion on this? My brother (his dad) and I were not scouts, so I have no basis to start from. Thanks for any ideas.
     
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  2. BVAL

    BVAL Well-Known Member

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    IMO, the best all around get it done work horse knife is the BUCK 110 folder.
     
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  3. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Buck 112 if he has small hands maybe
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Go over to Amazon and search for Boy Scout Knife.
     
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  5. primer1

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    Swiss army. Watching scouts figure out and argue about what tool does what on a Swiss army knife is priceless.
     
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  6. BVAL

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    I just went through some of the knifes hanging around in the den. Found the Buck 110 that my father gave me, but did find the one that is lighter and some what smaller,,,,,check out the BUCK 722 Spitfire. Great little knife.
    You may also like to look on line to a crazy neat knife store..
    Smoky Mountain Knife Works
    I do believe you will end up buying more than one knife from that place.
     
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  7. sheriffjohn

    sheriffjohn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Used to be the "Official Boy Scout Knife", purchased at stores that sold Scout stuff (canteens, flashlights, uniform items). Pretty indestructible, had a can opener, knife blade and something else. Best part was the wire loop you could fasten to your belt. Had to pass a knife safety course and after that, an axe course before you were issued a "totin' chip" (card signed by some expert on the subject). Unsafe behavior and you lost the "totin' chip", had to turn your knife over to the scoutmaster until completing the safety course again.. A learning experience occurred when Hartley Huff buried an axe in the top of his foot at Camp Pah-He-Tsi in 1962. Lost his "totin' chip", but we got to see for-real first aid applied. Scouting is still a worthwhile thing but far different these days.

    Glad to hear your nephew is getting back into it. My son became an Eagle Scout whereupon I presented him with a Beretta 686 O/U as my reward to him.
     
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  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Don't you mean "The Boy AND GIRL" scouts???? Today they have girls, LGBTQ and G_d only knows what else.

    I'm a former scout, and a former Scoutmaster. I no longer support them. Even the adult(?) leaders aren't allowed to carry fixed blade knives.

    Sad. Very sad.:(
     
  9. Wambli

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    Remington used to make great Boy Scout knives and they even had some cool limited edition (re-issue from the 20-30s) knives of very good quality in the 90s. They are the old school classic BSA folder and there are TONS of them on eBay AND really reasonable for what they are. Quality steel that takes a great edge and other blades like opener and such and HAND MADE IN THE USA!!! I got one for my grown son as a replacement for his childhood one he lost and it has quickly become an EDC knife, liked it so much that I promptly bought another one for myself.
    This one is mine, their R-4 model but there are others in many configurations. Don’t buy their new knives, they are crap made in China.

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  10. JTJ

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    Old Timer and Uncle Henry Traditional Boy Scout Knife by Schrade. I dont know if they are still made in USA but I doubt it. Hard to go wrong with a Victorinox Swiss army Tinker and it wont be made in China. I believe it is available with the emblem.
    My daughter works for the Boy Scouts and she has been complaining about California making it extremely difficult for them to run their marksmanship program. Boy Scouts were forced to change as they could not afford the government backed law suits heard by PC judges in kangaroo courts. She has 3 boys and 2 are Eagles and the youngest is almost there.
     
  11. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thanks a lot guys.
     
  12. Wambli

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  13. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Plan ahead. When my grandsons made Eagle I gave them each a custom knife. RP Eagles.JPG
     
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  14. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A good “stockman” pattern with three blades. You can do most anything with one.
     
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  15. BVAL

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    Have you checked out the wonderful world of Smoky Mountain Knife Works yet?
     
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  16. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have/had 3 boys in scouts until about 2 months ago (ages 9 to 11) - this is the knife I got each of them...
    Kershaw Cryo w. Speed assist
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/114007870606

    I used to be a den leader, and active. To be honest, not being allowed to shoot BB guns and bows at pack meetings killed the desire for me. Their insurance only covers you for district shooting events. The co-ed aspect was the final straw, and why I stopped and pulled the kids completely.
     
  17. primer1

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    Not in the last several years. 20 some years ago I ordered some knives from them and still received their catalog until a couple years ago.
     
  18. towboater

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    And then you have this headline.
    Pennsylvania girls form all-female troop after Boy Scouts begin accepting girls
     
  19. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Did they call themselves "Boy Scouts?"

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