Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Thecutandthrustofshowingoffinpublic

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Thecutandthrustofshowingoffinpublic

Article excerpt

LOOK, it's not real big, but it's not small either. Fully extended it measures just over seven inches, which is about average size for these things; apparently.

I'm not too sure, because I don't make a habit of whipping mine out of my pants to compare it with everyone else's. Frankly it's not polite to do so in public, and besides I'm not real keen on having someone else fiddling with it, because, well, a pocket knife is a personal thing isn't it?

I've had a few knives over the years. The first one lasted for ages, but I eventually polished it down to the size and thickness of a toothpick.

The next one looked good, but had a bad habit of coming apart under pressure, so it got the flick.

My third knife had numerous attachments and gizmos, most of which I managed to break or bend in a spectacularly short time. …

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