9-year-old's first whittling - with a Ladybug

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.
User avatar
Jazz
Member
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:46 pm
Location: Alberta, Canada

9-year-old's first whittling - with a Ladybug

Postby Jazz » Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:37 pm

I've been waiting for this for 9 years - my granddaughter is the same age as when I got my first knife. I haven't "given" it to her yet, but she really likes her purple Ladybug. Anyway, I had previously predrilled two pieces of Basswood so we could carve whistles. I gave her a few safety lessons and we were off. Here's before:

Image

I used my orange Ladybug - great knives for whittling, by the way. The whistles are nothing fancy, but they work - that really impressed her - she carved one and it whistles great! Next time we'll do something more fancy. She got two Spyder bites - one bled a fair bit, but I've seen guys I work with in the kitchen get more upset about a little cut than she did. Cleaned it up, put a bandaid on it, and I couldn't keep her away from whittling. After we finished the whistles, she grabbed some wood and just whittled and whittled. Here are the whistles we made:

Image

Sorry for babbling - it's just exciting for me, and we have a potential new Spydie fan. She was even saying how cool the knives looked on the past two Spyderco catalog covers. Well, thanks for lookin' and listening.

- best wishes, Jazz.

User avatar
DMgangl
Member
Posts: 938
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:57 am
Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Postby DMgangl » Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:24 pm

Congratulations, I bet it was well worth the wait. Nice whistles too.

DM
Smile, it can always get worse

User avatar
sal
Member
Posts: 13797
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:00 pm
Location: Golden, Colorado USA

Postby sal » Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:50 pm

Good job Jazz!

sal

User avatar
amar
Member
Posts: 111
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:57 am
Location: CA

Postby amar » Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:52 pm

Congratulations. Nice whistles, and I am sure your grand daughter likes the ladybug. :-)

User avatar
SmoothOne25
Member
Posts: 2160
Joined: Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:41 am
Location: NJ

Postby SmoothOne25 » Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:19 pm

nice. i mean the orange ladybug of coarse! lol :D
but seriously i wish my father trusted me with a deadly weapon at that age. good job.
--an eye for an eye--

"You can't escape yourself."

User avatar
FLYBYU44
Member
Posts: 1046
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:19 pm
Location: in the wilds of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Postby FLYBYU44 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 1:54 am

Cool I wish my first knife had been a Spydie.
Those who choose to live a life without risks, arrive safely at death's door.

User avatar
Crocodilo
Member
Posts: 193
Joined: Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:20 pm
Location: Portugal

Postby Crocodilo » Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:25 am

SmoothOne25 wrote:i wish my father trusted me with a deadly weapon at that age
He did. Every time you sat at the dinner table. Not much of an edge, but definetely a knife of some fashion. :D
:spyder: 7 Millies, 4 Paras, 2 Calys, 2 Enduras, 1 Chinook, 1 Manix, 1 Delica, 1 UKPK, 1 Tasman, 1 D'fly

User avatar
Bluntrauma
Member
Posts: 1338
Joined: Fri Sep 08, 2006 4:50 pm
Location: DFW, Texas

Postby Bluntrauma » Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:27 am

Good post Jazz. When I was about 5 or 6 my grandfather and I sat down on his porch and he let me help him whittle a slingshot. We used an old yellow handled Case Trapper. That's the only type of knife he had over owned. We ended up buying him a new one in the early 70's. He had worn the two blades down to almost nothing.

I can remember him sitting in the back yard with an old oil can and a stone sharpening it. He loved that knife. It was left to me after he died and I keep it in a display. I have left it exactly as it was the last time he used it. He used to tell me that if you took care of your knife it would take care of you.

In retrospect, he is the one that started my love for knives and I have never forgotten that slingshot. How could I, I ended up knocking out Nanny's kitchen window with a rock and having to use that same Case Trapper to cut a switch off the tree for my Dad to burn my *** up haha.

Enjoy the memories you have made with your family. They will never forget you for it. :)
Sometimes you gotta kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight.

AKA: Liveitloud on Blade Forums, USN, EDC, Benchmade forums and basically everywhere but here.
liveit_loud on Ebay.

User avatar
Tank
Member
Posts: 2085
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:33 am
Location: N. Calif. USA

Postby Tank » Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:40 am

Great story Jazz, Congrats
-John

User avatar
Jazz
Member
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:46 pm
Location: Alberta, Canada

Postby Jazz » Sun Dec 27, 2009 1:33 pm

Thanks for the comments, guys. Nice story, Bluntrauma - I love those old pocketknife memories. I used to carve little canoes and let them float in the Spring runoff down the streets. I'm sure that if kids are taught the great and fun uses of knives very young, they'll most likely not use them as weapons, and'll be good examples themselves. Also, there are the great memories such as your's, Bluntrauma. Anyone else have fond memories like these? Why not share them. :D

- best wishes, Jazz.

User avatar
ChapmanPreferred
Member
Posts: 2342
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:33 am
Location: PA, USA
Contact:

Postby ChapmanPreferred » Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:49 pm

Very happy memories.
SFO Alumni/Authorized Spyderco Dealer (Startup)
Work EDC List
FRP: Nisjin Cricket PE, Manbug PE, Dragonfly PE
FLP: SS Cricket SE, byrd Flatbyrd CE
BRP: CF Military S90V
BLP: Forum S110V Native
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

JT
Member
Posts: 847
Joined: Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:10 pm
Location: Finland

Postby JT » Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:58 pm

Cool story.
Next time someone asks why would anyone need a PE Ladybug instead of SE... this thread gives one more reason :)
The Cult Of The Curved Ones-C.O.T.C.O.

User avatar
dd61999
Member
Posts: 673
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:39 am

Postby dd61999 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:16 pm

What a great thread, brings back memories why it was so cool to have a pocket knife when I was a kid.

Funny thing is I gave my 9 year old son a ladybug for christmas this year and it has become his favorite christmas gift. Which is saying a lot since Santa spoiled him rotten this year whith many high dollar toys.

User avatar
Jazz
Member
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:46 pm
Location: Alberta, Canada

Postby Jazz » Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:56 pm

dd61999 wrote:What a great thread, brings back memories why it was so cool to have a pocket knife when I was a kid.

Funny thing is I gave my 9 year old son a ladybug for christmas this year and it has become his favorite christmas gift. Which is saying a lot since Santa spoiled him rotten this year whith many high dollar toys.
That's awesome! May he use it in good health!

- best wishes, Jazz.

User avatar
hiredgun
Member
Posts: 530
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:05 pm
Location: Western USA, Earth

Postby hiredgun » Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:33 am

Jazz,

Very cool story! Thanks for sharing. I have certain milestones from my own life that I try to pass on to my son. I also have a little daughter who loves dark purple and your ladybug appears to be dark purple, however, the only purple ladybug I saw was definitely light "periwinkle" purple. Is yours dark or is it the camera/lighting? Thanks.
You can't display a toad in a fine restaurant like this! Why, the good folks here would go right off the feed!

ChaosSpear
Member
Posts: 47
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:29 am

Postby ChaosSpear » Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:00 pm

ah very nice. I remember my first knife. My father gave it to me- a very small 3 function swiss army knife.

I was in my grandfathers cabin in PA. Put down the knife, and picked it up. Didnt know it was backwards, and i was carving in a bad direction, the blade closed right on my finger. I remember it like it was yesterday. Still have a scar almost a decade later. I never owned a non locking blade since. oh the memories.

Still, congratulations on your grand daughter's spyder love, and those nifty whistles.
Proud owner of a meadowlark g10!! :spyder:

slice22358 wrote:You and your ball lock obsession:D
:rolleyes: Guilty :p

User avatar
Jazz
Member
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:46 pm
Location: Alberta, Canada

Postby Jazz » Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:41 pm

hiredgun wrote:Jazz,

Very cool story! Thanks for sharing. I have certain milestones from my own life that I try to pass on to my son. I also have a little daughter who loves dark purple and your ladybug appears to be dark purple, however, the only purple ladybug I saw was definitely light "periwinkle" purple. Is yours dark or is it the camera/lighting? Thanks.
It's the one that's still in the catalog, and it is a bit lighter than the pics - I'm sure your daughter would love it anyway, but you'd know better than me. It's very suitable for a young lady, if you ask me. :)

- best wishes, Jazz.

User avatar
hiredgun
Member
Posts: 530
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:05 pm
Location: Western USA, Earth

Postby hiredgun » Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:47 pm

Jazz wrote:It's the one that's still in the catalog, and it is a bit lighter than the pics - I'm sure your daughter would love it anyway, but you'd know better than me. It's very suitable for a young lady, if you ask me. :)

- best wishes, Jazz.
Thank you Jazz. All my kids love it when I get out the knife collection, so I think a purple ladybug would be very exciting for her birthday this year. Happy New Year.
You can't display a toad in a fine restaurant like this! Why, the good folks here would go right off the feed!

User avatar
Jazz
Member
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:46 pm
Location: Alberta, Canada

Postby Jazz » Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:46 am

Another bump.

User avatar
Cuervo
Member
Posts: 74
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:15 pm
Location: West Texas

Postby Cuervo » Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:22 pm

What a sweet story!
Si vis pacem, para bellum.


Return to “Spyderco General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: abiggs, benben, Bing [Bot], ChrisinHove, dj moonbat, eRoc, FullFlatMind, Majestic-12 [Bot], root, Sumdumguy, TkoK83Spy, tonijedi, Wartstein, yablanowitz and 81 guests