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smiling-knife
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« on: July 20, 2007, 05:44:03 AM »

Hi. I acquired this Scout knife recently. It was made by P Holmberg in Eskilstuna Sweden. The blade has a  nice etch of a scout and the phrase World Rover Scout Moot. I believe this knife was made for the world Scout Jamboree held in Sweden in 1935. Do you think the unusually large guard was a safety feature for the scouts? Thanks s-k

   

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2007, 02:34:46 PM »

Smiling-Knife,

She a beauty. And of historical importance. And definately for a using knife you have to a finger guard.

Thanks again for Sharing your ladies.

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2007, 05:57:02 PM »

  Holmberg knives of this type may have all had large thin guards. Take a look at item # 67 (as of 7/20/07)
on this site for another beautiful example.   
http://www.allmilitaria.com/knife123.jpg                   Clay
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2007, 03:04:48 AM »

Thank-you for the feedback guys. That is another great example Clay.
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2007, 02:04:32 PM »

There is a lot to like about that knife. The recessed ricasso is not too deep, maybe a little short to be useful, but probably won't hang up.

The guard is well thought out and looks comfortable as well as providing adequate safety to the user.

I like the bottom line of the blade, again well thought out design.

It would be a lot better with a clean spine, but they probably were thinking about a fish scaler when they built it.

Thanks for sharing with us.
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2008, 07:08:26 AM »

Do you think the unusually large guard was a safety feature for the scouts? Thanks s-k
My answer is "yes"
I believe there are mostly just 3 types of knives you need study and get if you got a young man who wants to join the scouts.

#1 Scout knife is the small pocket folder.
For the Cub Scout
This small knife would be the best for that new Cub Scout who is just learning about knives.
It's small to fit his smaller hands,
it's not all that sharp so you can help him learn about getting an edge,
and they are cheap cuz you are going to need to replace this knife a few times.

#2 Scout Knife is the larger folder.
For the older Scout.
Fits into a pocket, but more at home in it's own belt sheath
Large and sharp so it's up to the challenge of going out into the woods.
It's an adult knife.
But it's NOT a lockback.
(I dont believe any Scout knife needs to be a lockback folder. The reason is that most locking folders have tricky ways to unlock them.
"Tricky" is not a word you want connected to a sharp knife you have in the hands of kids miles and miles from a hospital.
Now there are some folders that seem to have a way to lock and unlock that kids understand more easy, the older Opinel folders I have seen at Scout meetings for example.  But still, I would shy away from any locking folders for Scouts)

#3 Fixed blade
belt sheath,
sharp,
big, I mean big guard, cuz this baby going to see some action in the woods.
part hunting knife, part camp knife, part game dresser, part cooking knife, and can take down a tree , sharpen and pound a tent stake into the ground.

Your knife is a good Scout knife and a keeper!
I like the guard, the blade length, the handle and it's shape, I also like the butt end of the knife too.
All well designed for Scouts.
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