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Bob Bolton Lyr Req: Barlow Knife Chant (37) RE: Lyr Req: Barlow Knife Chant 27 Aug 12


G'day sundry 'Catters,

It's interesting to see this knife / song connection bob back up to the surface!

The close equivalent to the US regard for their "Barlow Knife" ... wherever the original started life ... reminds me that the Australian equivalent would be the ubiquitous "Bunny Knife" ... a 2-bladed (larger 'clip' blade, smaller plain blade - kept as the designated "Sharp" blade).

Back when I found myself in Tasmania, early 1966 ... and took a jack-hammer offsider job on a Hydro dam, I bought a neat little "Bunny" knife (a Taylor's Eye Witness brand) ... and that knife stayed in its pouch - when it wasn't doing every sort of cutting, trimming, maintenance job - on my belt pretty well until 1991.

That was when the Photography Department I ran at the Sydney County Council (main eletricity distributor for most Of Sydney) Testing Laboratories was closed by a State Government ukase that all specialist jobs should be let out to right-wing friends of them - not experts who had years of training and experience in their specialist (and potentially dangerous fields.

I moved into Training Publications area and was now based in the Sydney CBD. I found too many people couldn't understand the value, utility and simple safety of a small pocket/pouch folding knife. That's when I switched over to the Leatherman Tool ... only one 'model' way back then ... and that's taken the belt space ever since ... I guess it doesn't look enough like the "weapon" lifetime city dwellers imagine any personal knife to be!

BTW: I haven't researched this ... but I remember someone claiming that the most frequent knife of (domestic) assault / homocide / murder is actually the "stay-sharp" kitchen knife sitting in its self-sharpening stand on most home kitchen food preparing surfaces!

Hmmm ... all this is irrelevant to this site ... until someone crafts a "Leatherman" song ...

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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