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"THESE ARE KNIVES THAT MIGHT (OR MIGHT NOT) HAVE A DOLLAR VALUE ATTACHED TO THEM. SOME ARE KNIVES WHOSE ENTIRE VALUE IS ONLY KNOWN TO THE OWNER ... THAT SENTIMENTAL VALUE. " 01 The First We all remember our first knife. It is like your first girlfriend (or boyfriend). In my case, it was a cheap pocketknife given to me by my father. That was more than 50 years ago, back in a time when no selfrespecting boy would ever be caught dead without a pocketknife.

KA-BAR Little Finn. This is the knife given to me by my Great-uncle Dana when I was about 8 years old. It was my first “real” knife.

I am named after. Uncle Dana was my father’s uncle and was old when I first met him. He didn’t have any sons but was an avid outdoorsman with a love for hunting and fishing— something his daughter had no interest in. Uncle Dana took me under his wing and began teaching me skills I still draw upon today.

My father taught me how to safely use the knife ... and emphasized what would happen to me if I ever pulled it on anyone. That lesson was driven home one day by the loss of the knife and a cuff upside the head. That knife is long gone, but the memories are still with me.

One day, as we went through our lessons, he reached into his gear and pulled out a knife. It was an old KA-BAR Little Finn. He handed me the knife and said, “You are ready to have this.” It had no sheath and had seen its fair share of use, but it was as sharp as a razor.

My first “real” knife was given to me by my Great-uncle Dana, the man

I was about 8 years old at the time. That knife became one of my most

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KA-BAR Little Finn My Little Finn is an old knife; as such, there isn’t a great deal of information available. KA-BAR now makes the Little Finn in Taiwan, so it isn’t fair to compare the two. While the specifications are the same, they are not the same knives. KA-BAR was able to give me some information, but it could not give me everything I would have liked to know. This knife is what it is—a piece of American history. In turn, it is part of mine.

cherished possessions. For many years, I carried that knife on many a hunting and fishing trip. Sadly, Uncle Dana passed away while I was in the Army, but that knife is still with me, as are the memories and stories.

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