A Delica and a boy...

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A Delica and a boy...

Postby markg » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:58 pm

In June of 1996, my son was born. The day he was born, I carried a Spyderco Delica. Old school, AUS-8A, SE, black FRN, with the fat plastic clip. I got it special for the occasion. After that time, I put it up, in a safe. I have a handful of knives, that for sentimental reasons, are not carried, displayed, or used. It is one.

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As my son grew up, he inherited my love of knives. His first was a little SAK Classic, then some cheap S&W folder. Then he got a Spyderco Rescue Jr, orange FRN. He has his own Delica now, and quite a few other blades. He has even taken to making knives himself and has made a few swords with his grandfather.

Yesterday, my son was sworn into the US Air Force, and will be leaving for the service this summer after graduation from high school. Bittersweet, as he gets to live out a dream I did not, but as a parent it is always hard to watch your only son just go off to points unknown.

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I have a few ideas for 18th birthday/graduation/going away gift (in June). One of them will be a Spyderco Delica of some sort. Not sure yet, something engraved, a hard to get LE? Not sure, a have a few months to think of something.

Sometimes people wonder why we love knives, for many of us they are companions through the journey of life, tools we remember things by, items that mean something because they remind us someone.

Well that is why the Delica has always meant something to me, and will always have a special place in my collection, and life.

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Postby paladin » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:56 pm

Fine looking young man. Neat story. Someone once asked Sal Glesser what kind of folding knife he would want his own son to carry into battle if he were a soldier...the Military model was born, the rest is history. An M390, or S90V Millie would be my choice. There's a couple up for bid on a popular, large internet auction site. Congrats!!!
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Postby ChapmanPreferred » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:07 pm

Very cool story.
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Postby Officer Gigglez » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:49 pm

Great story. Lazerdesigns.com is an official Spydie dealer, and they have Delicas. they laser engrave stuff to your specifications. Check out their site. Maybe you'll find what you're looking for. I have yet to deal with them myself, but they seem genuine. I intend on ordering an SS Police model from them with custom engravings for my police chief, as a thanks, as he has been a great mentor to me and I owe him a lot.
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Postby Buendia518 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:16 am

Congratulations to you and your son.

Thanks for sharing

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Postby Ray Allen » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:52 am

Great story. I still remember taking my oath on my induction day many years ago which started my path to becoming a US Army Recon NCO. Carried a Buck 110 as did many other team members back in the day. It will be a priceless time in his life, and I wish him well.
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Postby WireEdge Roger » Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:00 am

What a nice story, Mark. A big congrats to your son!

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Postby MadRookie » Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:37 am

Reading it makes one fuzzy all over - congrats in all aspects to both you and your son!

I wish you both only the best.

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Postby sal » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:55 am

Hi Mark,

Congratulations and please thank your son, from me, for his service.

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Postby MadRookie » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:02 pm

Sal:

Your words carry a million hammers....

Thank you sir!

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Postby Evil D » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:15 pm

Congrats! I would opt for something not too fancy that he will take with him and use and abuse. I wouldn't give him something rare for that occasion.
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Postby SpyderNut » Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:15 pm

Thanks for sharing the heart-warming story, Mark. Congrats to both you and your son! That is quite an accomplishment for your son. :) Have you considered having custom scales made for a Delica? I'm sure the fine folks at Cuscadi would be able to help:

http://www.cuscadi.de/category/manufacturer/spyderco/
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Postby RadioactiveSpyder » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:21 pm

Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing your story and pics (am I the only one a little nervous for him in that baby pic with the knife so close? :) ).

Some great ideas for custom Delicas above, but I must say that a knife that may also be very fitting and deserving is the Memory, and it would look sharp with the dress blues. Of course, another Delica along with that Memory to serve as a user/beater wouldn't hurt, and I would recommend the Super Blue sprint that's out there now. Heck of a steel on those sprints and hey, you can't go wrong with another "Super Blue" Air Force reference there ;) . If you go the SB route, this also opens you up for a grey G10 SB Caly 3/3.5, a "graduation" in itself from the Delica series, although the SB sprints of these are getting harder to find/pricier... Cheers, Radioactive
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Postby JNewell » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:21 pm

My boys' first "good" knives were Delica 3s - Spyderco makes a lot of nice mid-size lockbacks (Caly3, Native5, Delica4). I am just thinking out loud without time for reflection, but in your place I think my first choices might be either the S110V Forum Native5 or one of the Paramilitary2 sprints? Congratulations to all of you. :) :spyder:

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Postby dialex » Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:55 am

Hi Mark, thank you for the great story and for sharing those pics. Congratulations on your son and be proud of him. I really feel those young people make the difference and a better world.
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Postby Revival » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:21 am

Awesome story and thank you for sharing!

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Postby tvenuto » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:29 am

Congrats to you both. I too like the laser engraved user idea.

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Postby markg » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:18 pm

sal wrote:Hi Mark,

Congratulations and please thank your son, from me, for his service.

sal
Thanks Sal, I will let him know. He is a fan of your products and that will mean a lot to him.

And thanks everyone else. Took him in today to finalize his career choices. It is either aircraft maintenance/mechanic (chose either F-22, F-15, F-35, B-52, B-2, or C-130) or an aerial gunner. We will see what he gets.

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Postby SpyderNut » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:55 pm

That's pretty cool that your son can choose the aircraft he would like to work on. My grandfather served in WWII as an aircraft mechanic (Navy). He worked primarily on the Vought F4U Corsairs--which also happened to be his favorite fighter craft of that era. :) It's amazing how things have changed in the last 65+ years in terms of fighter aircraft.
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Postby elena86 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:09 am

A Delica Titanium Damascus handle engraved would be a nice gift.


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