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04 Son to Father, Father to Son The last knife is one that has never been used—and it never will be. It is still in the original box. This knife was one that I gave to my father, and upon his death, I took back. He loved this knife, and that is why it was never used. It spent its days in a drawer with all those other things I had given him over the past 56 years. Back in the 1960s and ’70s, my father used to race cars, and even when his racing days were over, he remained a big NASCAR (later to become the Winston Cup) fan. Although we have a track right here in New Hampshire, he had never been to a professional NASCAR race. Having had contacts at Remington, which sponsored a car, I reached out and managed to secure two tickets to the race—complete with meet-and-greet passes. I’ve never seen my dad so happy. However, little did he know I had another gift for him. Remember when I started this article by saying that my father gave me my first knife? Well, it was time to return the favor. I was able to get my hands on one of the Remington Racing knives. This pocketknife has two blades, with the main blade having the Remington Racing Team insignia on it. On the wood handle is the image of the #75 Remington Ford. My father was really tough on knives,

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so it made me both happy and sad to see that this knife had never been used. He thought enough of this knife to keep it in a special place. He never expressed his feelings, but this made up for all those times I thought he was hard on me and didn’t care. To this day, when I pick up this knife, I remember spending the day with my father at the races. After all he had done for me, it was great to put a smile on his face.

Priceless Treasures For me, knives have always been tools. I don’t collect knives. As with hammers and screwdrivers, there is

Remington Folding Knife I reached out to Remington to see what I could find out about this knife, but I didn’t find out much. This knife, in this configuration, was produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Remington sponsored the #75 Ford Thunderbird driven by Rick Mast. It is a two-bladed folder with a closed length of 4 inches and an overall length of 7.5 inches. The handle is wood. I know Remington did not make its own knives, but there are no maker marks other than the Remington name on the knife.

Above: Remington pocket knife. This is the knife the author gave to his father when he took him to the races.

"IN A BOX WAS AN OLD RUSSELL BARLOW STRAIGHT LINE BONEHANDLED FOLDING KNIFE ... WHILE THE BONE HANDLE HAD DARKENED WITH AGE AND USE, THE SINGLE BLADE STILL CAME OUT THE SAME AS ON THE DAY IT WAS MADE, AND IT KEEPS AN EDGE LIKE NO OTHER KNIFE I OWN." a right knife for the job. My father always told me to buy the best tools you can afford. They might cost more up front, but you will only need to buy them once. Some tools, such as these knives, have lasted many lifetimes. They all have stories to tell; and a few of them (such as my OKC) have stories some people would not like to hear. All have a sentimental value that far exceeds any dollar figure you could put on them. These knives represent parts of my life; they are part of me. For that reason, they will always have a special place in my heart. KI

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