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The Green River Knife has been my “to do all” knife for 20 years now. I bought my first green river back in 1982 for $3.00 at a hardware store in my Illinois Hometown. That particular knife was traded or lost to time now and I can’t remember what happened to it. The Knife I’m presently carrying I have had since 1989.
I bought it at a “Mountain man” shop in Moab, Utah for $6.00. I called my knife “Old Butch” a name I borrowed from a colorful character in Texas history known as a “Big Foot Wallace” He was a famous Mountain man and scout in that neck of the woods. Mr. Wallace had some colorful names for his equipment.
I used my New Green River Knife for everything from carving spoons to skinning game, to making fire. I got the Idea to burn a socket into the handle of my Green River Knife so I could use it as a bearing block when I make Bow and Drill friction fires; this helps me to reduce the weight of my equipment.
The Neck sheath I made for “Old Butch” is constructed from Raw hide I took off of a dead horse I found in the Utah Desert, the strap is made from a piece of scrap webbing I picked up some place.
“Old Butch” has been with me all over the world from the USA to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and back again. I have been packing it for 20 years and I hope to carry it 20 more.
This knife has been a handy tool, a weapon and a comforting friend over the years, “Old Butch” still takes and holds a fine edge, if I had to live on a remote Island like Robinson Crusoe and could only take 1 item it would be this knife.
Anyhoo, I’m a big fan of the green river knife and cannot understand why folks spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive knife when a cheaper one will do.
I hope you found this article interesting perhaps you will be inspired to go out and get one of these famous knives from American history for yourself.
Green River Knife
About 12 bucks
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~Thomas D. Moore
Correspondent – Wilderness Survival
Tom is a former US Army Scout and Airborne Pathfinder with 16 years of military service. Tom has worked with the US and Canadian Military as a civilian contractor in the Balkans, Middle East, Afghanistan and Darfur.
He is currently the co-star of the hit TV show “Dude, Your Screwed!” – A wilderness survival and adventure reality TV show on the Discovery Channel. Tom is also a Senior Instructor at the Death Valley Training Center where he teaches his famous “Tomahawk Scout School” both online and in person. Tom spends his off time telling drunken “I Was There” story’s to impressed tourists in Nom Phen, Cambodia
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