scout knife

So I went to a wedding reception and we were helping clean up, and some guy asked if anyone had scissors. No one did, so the groomsmen started pulling out their car keys and seeing who had the sharpest key but then I just walked over and pulled my leatherman out of my purse and handed it to the guy, and let me tell you, it was the greatest moment of my career seeing the impressed looks on everyone’s faces.

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anonymous asked:

it's me again, a person who asked about the beats' works. thank you for answering my question! and yes, i'm a fan of kyd. i'm really into lucien, his relationship with david and especially david's murder, so it would be great if you gave me a detailed explanation!

wooo yes!!!! ok SO all the books i mentioned have a version of the murder story except, of course, jack & allen’s letters (which were all written long after). i’ll go in the order i read them and describe how close they are to kyd/what you should expect from each!!

and the hippos were boiled in their tanks (by burroughs & kerouac): unlike kyd, the characters are not in school, they just get by day to day bar-hopping and trying to get themselves shipped out. phillip (lucien) kills al (david) with a hatchet instead of a boy scout knife. the book ends soon after the murder, so most of the reading you’ll be doing is just the events leading up to it (which are still super entertaining, i love this book!).

vanity of duluoz (by jack kerouac): the claude chapters (aka lucien chapters) are pretty accurate to real life & similar to the events of kyd; they give a wonderful depiction of lucien in his school days (one of my favorites!) and a lot of great insight into the lucien/david relationship. there’s some really funny stuff that goes down with jack and the other inmates once he’s incarcerated as an accessory, so that’s a bonus.

the book of martyrdom & artifice (by allen ginsberg): allen’s infamous “bloodsong” is from this book, which is a collection of all of allen’s early writings from his journals and includes his time at school when he met lucien and the rest of the beat crew. there’s lots of interesting stuff about lucien and the murder as they happen (all dated!) and then you can actually read allen’s fictionalized account of the murder (which of course he never witnessed, so what he wrote is his own highly romanticized and gay as hell wishful-thinking version). this is the piece he turned in as his thesis in kyd, that was rejected for being “smutty” (he mentions that in the book). there’s more stuff in there too, but i haven’t gotten through it all yet (it’s a very big book!). really good for kyd fans, i think, especially those interested in what allen thought of lu!

the town & the city (by jack kerouac): the first half depicts jack’s childhood in “the town” and the second part his life in “the city” (new york), so you’ll want to skip to the second part, where you can read another fictionalized version of the murder story in which waldo (david) supposedly commits suicide by jumping off a building. since it’s so far from the truth and not exactly focused on the murder it’s not really the best for accuracy BUT it has one of the most fascinating interpretations of the lucien/david relationship that i’ve read thus far. in this book, waldo lost an arm as a result of a car crash that kenneth (lucien) caused. kenneth ridicules him mercilessly for this disability (which HE caused!!!), yet waldo, of course, only wants kenneth’s company and obsesses over him all the more. veeeery interesting dynamic that calls to mind a lot of implications. the part about them isn’t very long, though.

you’ll be okay (by edie parker): i’d definitely recommend reading this whole book for both entertainment and the accuracy of the story. though most of what’s written about the actual murder incident is about edie’s confusion when she’s brought in for questioning and her worrying with celine over the boys who’re stuck in jail, it has so much good stuff about the whole beat circle you met in kyd and the characters it left out that it’s totally worth it!! it gives you a really great idea of how they all interacted and what actually happened and it’s very mean to david lol (just like the town & the city). lots of fun!!

anyway that’s as far as i’ve gotten. i hope this was helpful! if anyone knows of any other books that include the murder story PLEEEEASE tell me cause i want to read every version out there!!!!

On Kill Your Darlings, and its injustice to Lucien Carr's abuse

This isn’t going to be good or pretty, but I’ve been brooding over this for a few nights now so here’s my attempt to get all my thoughts out:

So I’ve watched the film, twice, and I liked it. I really did. I even rented it again to get my sister to watch it (though Dane DeHaan may or may not have been a big part of that). But there’s so much about this movie that’s, well, shit, to be frank. 

It’s not the movie itself, but that it’s “based” on a true story but in such a skewed way it would have been better to claim it as fiction. 

Here’s what the movie conveniently looks over: Carr met Kammerer when he was only twelve years old (at least, according to Carr’s son. I’ve read other sources claiming he was 14, which in any case is still a far cry from consenting adult). Carr’s father left his family when he was young, 4 or so, and Kammerer was Carr’s Boy Scouts leader and God, if this doesn’t sound like the beginning of the textbook sexual predator case, I don’t know what does. Kammerer then followed him across the country essentially stalking the kid until his death. And the knife Carr used was the fucking Boy Scouts pocket knife. I don’t know why the film decided to gloss over these events. Does making Lucien Carr out to be a repressed homosexual more intellectually riveting than showing the effects of his years of psychological and physical abuse at the hand of an obvious predictor? Sweet Jesus, for a film about the start of a new poetry generation and the human condition they really get hung up on the gay thing.

And the end, with Ginsberg writing, “And the truth is, once, you loved him back” or whatever, well that’s pissed me off  because the film offered no counter argument that hey, maybe Carr didn’t love him but was fucked up because he was a victim of sexual and emotional abuse from the first father figure he had in his life. (if you could hear me in person, this is where I’d practically be yelling)

I almost didn’t realize how fucked up the perspective was until my sister said she felt sorry for Kammerer. And that seems to be a thing I’ve noticed, the film portrays Kammerer in such a sympathetic light that you end up feeling sorry for a pedophile and aggressive stalker. what the fuck?

Just another thing to throw in. The film wants to make Lucien Carr look soley like “the bad guy,” but Ginsberg was once a supporter of the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Can I say what the fuck again?

At the end of all this though, Carr, Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs all remained good friends throughout their lives. Which the movie totally does not make the slightest attempt to show. (Another note, in the movie it makes Allen out to almost despise Jack Kerouac and his writing did it not? Ginsberg has always said however that Kerouac was his biggest inspiration with his concept of “spontaneous prose.”) 

So in review: I have no idea why they didn’t delve just the slightest bit deeper and add the dichotomy of Allen’s insistence that Carr was just Gay and Mad About It with Carr being conflicted and confused (and again, a little fucked up) because that’s the only form of relationship with another male he’d ever known.


The nightclub scene from AIRPLANE! (’80), and in particular, we love the two “girl scouts” fighting and the knife-in-the-back disco move.

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The Wenger Giant Knife includes 87 implements for almost any situation: 

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  • Phillips head screwdriver bit 1
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  • Flat head screwdriver bit 0.6mm x 4.0mm
  • Flat head screwdriver bit 1.0mm x 6.5mm
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  • Awl
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Old timer Scout knives reconditioned. 

 Recently managed to get these two  1950s knives finished up for a customer .

The larger just had a quick clean and a sharpen  and the smaller had new leather washers added as well as brass and red / black spacers  .

Both sheaths were re conditioned with neat-foots oil so hope that they now last another 60 years .

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