I have been interested in knives since I was as youngster growing up in Texas. Every male adult I knew, and most of the boys my age, carried pocket knives. These were your ordinary hardware store two or three blades slip joint knives. They were used for everything from whittling to killing turkeys. If anyone needed something cut there was always a knife handy.
I’m one of those men who just doesn’t feel dressed without a knife on me somewhere. Over the decades I have had knives from a wide assortment of makers, some well known and others not. I flirted with “high end” knives like Zero Tolerance but they were too tactical (a term that has now become meaningless. Tactical pens? Tactical Pants?) and too heavy and specialized. I don’t need a knife to dispatch enemy infiltrators. Guns work better.
One day not too many years ago I was introduced to knives made by a relatively small company in Colorado that also had a unique business model based on community and industry standard products. I bought one. A Delica 4 if I remember correctly. Except for my wonderful hand made Helle Eggen fixed blade, I have become exclusively a Spyderco user and supporter. This page is devoted to photos of Spyderco Knives I have, once had and hope to have some day.
This is Spyderco’s rendition of A. T. Barr’s One Eyed Jack. This knife also represents me and my other brother, Howard Kiyota, brothers from different mothers. The two one-eyed jacks in a card deck are the Jack of Hearts and the Jack of Spades. One-eyed jacks are frequently wild cards and me and my brother are often wild as well. We have a history. So whenever I see this one I think of Howard and me.
Below, my own One-Eyed Jack. Photo at the top of the page courtesy of The Spyder Collector
In addition to the personal connections this knife represents, it is also the closest to a custom knife that I am likely to get. So, I am happy I have it and will treasure it for many different reasons.
The Big Bug