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RIP Brother

Postby phillipsted » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:03 pm

I just returned from a long trip to my home town. In early December, my younger brother was diagnosed with liver failure and unfortunately, he passed away on December 30 at the age of 55. I was with him when he died and he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

It was a tough time for all of us.

After the funeral, we started closing down his businesses and sorting his personal effects. It was exhausting work, so to get away from things for a while every evening, I headed to his shop, which in many ways, was his sanctuary. I cleaned and sharpened all his tools and hung them back on their pegs. I sorted his turning blanks and stacked them above the lathe. I swept the floor and carried out the remaining trash. As I was going through the drawers in his tool chest, I opened a drawer that stopped me in my tracks.

I stood staring at my Brother's knife collection - built over 40+ years. He was a haphazard collector - he had ancient trusty Case knives, some older Buck folders, a few newer Gerbers, Boker, Benchmades, and Cold Steel models, as well as an assortment of "user" knives. He also found switchblade knives irresistible - he had some nice Microtech models, some nice quality Italian stilletos, and some German lever-action models. He also had a soft spot for cheapo flea-market chinese switchblades in all sorts of configurations. Probably sixty total. What a hoot to sort through them.

Then I spotted the Spydercos. He had four of them - lined up in the front of his cabinet. All of them with a patina that you only get with prolonged usage over many years. I had gifted all four of these to him over the past 30 years.

The first one was the original Ecomony/Standard model (C05) in AUS-6 steel. It was infamous for its clip which was punched out of the handle - but which was still revolutionary when it came out. I bought it for a Christmas present to him in 1986.

Next was an original serrated yellow Catcherman (C17) in AUS-8. It served as his primary filet knife for many years. I believe I got this for his birthday in about 1992.

The third Spyderco is the MT06 Mule in CPM-S35VN. I hand crafted some scales for him out of burgundy micarta and made a horizontal belt sheath for it. The Mule survived, but the sheath did not... I gave this to him in late 2010.

The fourth and final Spyderco is the illustrious Paramilitary Sprint in CTS-20CP (C81GGY20CP2) in grey g10. When these originally came out in 2011, I bought two of them. I put burgundy micarta scales on mine, and gave my Brother the other one with its stock grey scales for Christmas. It is possibly my favorite Spyderco of all time. And my Brother's Para proudly shows off its years of loving use. I plan on sharpening it and carrying it for the next few years.

To Sal, Gail, Eric, and the entire Spyderco crew - thank you for sharing your incredible, visionary products with us over these past four decades.

Ted Phillips
13 JAN 2019
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby phillipsted » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:21 pm

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Re: RIP Brother

Postby TkoK83Spy » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:33 pm

Very refreshing to see your brother used them as tools! I'm sure for most, that PM2 became an instant safe queen. He clearly put that baby to use!

I'm fairly new to Spyderco, only about a year of experience, I've heard about but have never actually seen a Catcherman..that thing is bad a$$.

Had to be a great feeling to see he must have used these knives that you bought him, quite regularly. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby Sharp Guy » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:55 pm

RIP to your brother Ted. Sorry for your loss!
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby legOFwhat? » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:02 pm

Sorry for your loss! Sounds like you and your brother had a great relationship.
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby Mr Blonde » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:07 pm

I'm sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing this story and photo with us.
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby razorsharp » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:17 pm

My condolences to you and your Family. Dont think the collection could go to anyone better :)

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Re: RIP Brother

Postby Cycletroll » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:38 am

Condolences!
Sounds like you had some good times with a special brother.
Peace.

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Re: RIP Brother

Postby Mom3ntuM » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:09 pm

Condolences.
55 years old, that makes me Sad.
I hope it gives you some comfort in knowing he used and probably treasured your gifts.
I can't even apprehend what it's like to loose a sibling and I feel for you..
Take care m8.
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby Jazz » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:47 pm

Sorry for your loss, bro. Thanks for sharing with us. He was way too young.

Very cool about the knives. :)
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby The Meat man » Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:28 pm

My sympathies for your loss Ted.

Sounds like your brother truly appreciated those knives. :)
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby Dodge » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:13 am

Sorry for your loss, My condolences to you and your family. He had good taste in spydies!!
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby Holland » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:05 pm

Sorry for your loss Ted, that is far too young

Thanks for sharing the story about the knives. Those will hold a special place in your collection
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Re: RIP Brother

Postby legOFwhat? » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:33 am

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Re: RIP Brother

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