There are some beautiful knives pictured here. I have always been a fan of edged weapons and of course they have played a part in my life for most of it. I carried them in the Corps, and then afterwards on duty, where a quality knife was a part of my daily life. I wasn't adverse to paying good money for quality since it was a a piece of professional equipment and I wanted something that wouldn't let me down in an emergency. Over the years I had several models, from Cold Steel, Smith and Wesson and Benchmade, but once I found THE knife, I always came back. It was the Benchmade 875 Elishewitz Sentinel. It's not made anymore, but mine was in my pocket on duty and off, and it's still my daily carry knife when I leave the house. I chose the half serrated model, and it could cut thru rope, flex cuffs, or open a box, and was faster than an automatic with a flick of the thumb.
It was light enough for daily carry, but heavy enough to have some power. It replaced the lightweight Benchmade I had been carrying for two years prior... Smaller and lighter, the previous model was nice, but didn't cut as well, open as fast, nor have the power of the 875.
A favorite was a gift from a protege after I made HIM a humidor. I sent the humidor to him in Florida and never gave it another thought. The custom knife arrived in the mail a month or so later, with his note thanking me for the work I put in. Two decades of friendship means something.
He ordered the knife and had them make it just the way I wanted, from memories of past conversations.
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by the way he treats those who can do nothing for him.