Rare Popcorn Bone Pocketknife Contest Entries

We received some wonderful entries in our Rare Popcorn Bone Pocketknife Contest. The criteria we asked the contestants to enter with was passion for Canal Street Knives. There were quite a few good entries, and it was tough to choose a winner, but we are proud to announce that the finalist of the contest is Cherrie and Rich Hanson. Thanks to all our entrant's for their efforts. We are posting all of the entries for your enjoyment:

Cherrie & Rich Hanson's Entry

Top 10 Reasons I Adore Canal Street Knives

10. They are so pretty sometimes I want to sleep with them…but the wife appears to find this odd and denies my repeated requests to slumber with my Canal Street Knives. Life can be cruel sometimes.

9. Canal Street Knives have no political affiliations, are studiously non-aligned with any major political party, and never ask me for political contributions. They’re just knives. Sweet.

8. I can open all types of beer bottles with my Canal Street Knives (with out damaging them!). I am willing to teach the masses if appropriately compensated with free Canal Street Knives.

7. If confiscated at a TSA checkpoint, I know my Canal Street Knife will find a nice home in a TSA agent’s pocket. No man can just give up one of these knives, I don’t care how north their moral compass points. No man. I wouldn’t blame the TSA Agent--in fact I would kinda respect his good taste in knives!

6. My sons look longingly at my Canal Street Knives. I flaunt them at every opportunity just to annoy the heck out of my greedy progeny. It’s cruel--but fun. On the downside, they know I will eventually die, and they apparently have my knives already divvied up. Much like the TSA Agent above, I respect this. You spend inherited money—you keep inherited knives. It’s a fact…at least I think it’s a fact…ok I just made that up. But it should be fact.

5. Canal Street Knives are universal in application. I can carry one deer hunting with my red-neck buddies and they all want to see, touch, use it—thus I am a very cool red-neck too. I also carry them in my suit pocket during business meetings with other pathetically overworked businessmen in Washington, DC. They all want to see and touch (never use—most don’t know how to use a decent knife) my knives—thus I am the coolest, pathetically overworked, businessman in the National Capitol Region. At least I’ve got this going for me!

4. Canal Street Knives are the best Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, and Valentine’s Day gift that a man can give his wife. Year after Year! I hold them for her though…apparently she has no space in her dresser drawers for additional knives...Oh well I’m happy to be a supportive knife storing spouse. That’s just the kind of generous and thoughtful husband I am. Quite a catch in my opinion!

3. QUESTION: Is it wrong to give your Canal Street Knives names (like Desiree, Summer, Honey and Lilith). I’m not saying I do this…seriously…it’s just a question. Don’t judge.

2. If I were a Canal Street Knife I would have lots more friends and people would want to hang out with me more. And I might have a cool name (Summer would be fine).

1. When I cut myself with a Canal Street Knife (because I always play with them too much) I consider it an honor.

Steve Robbin's Entry

I grew up with my uncle and grandfather on a small farm in South Central Texas. We raised Black Diamond watermelons and every summer was spent out in those fields from sun-up to sundown. My uncle and grandfather would cut them off the vine and my cousin and I would pitch and stack. If there was any disagreement about whether a melon was ripe or not, we cut it open to see who was right. If it was ripe, we ate it. My grandfather had an uncanny ability to know when to plant and when to pick.

One year when I was around 14 or 15, we grew melons on my father’s property. Late that summer, those vines produced another crop of late melons. My grandfather convinced my uncle and father to let us work the field and split the money. He cut them and a good friend and I desperately tried to keep up with him by pitching and stacking what he cut. That late in the season, I mostly had to sell to local fruit and vegetable stands. However, a trucker caught wind of our late harvest and offered to drive his rig out to our farm to buy a load. Upon loading his truck, he low-balled the going rate and refused to give us more. My grandfather walked up to that large fellow, rolled up his sleeves, and challenged that man to a fistfight for dealing dishonestly with his grandson. He never would accept a penny of that money that we earned and was the most honest and fair man I’ve ever known.

My grandfather always carried an Old Timer pocketknife. He told me often that it was the most important tool he had and showed me how to sharpen and care for it. He was never without that knife and you could always tell which was his. He sharpened the sheepsfoot blade so much that it was almost like a hawkbill because that’s what he used to cut watermelons off the vine. He almost always carried a stockman pattern. When he passed away, my mother made sure that his knife was left to me. The blades are a little rusty and the scales have seen better days, but that old knife is worth more than it’s weight in gold to me. When I hold it, I’m flooded by memories of a great man.

I carry Canal Street Cutlery knives. I can’t tell you exactly why. Yes, they are extremely well made with top-notch materials and craftsmanship. They are very effective, beautiful tools. However, there is just something about them that feels right to me. I’m very picky about what I carry and I plan on leaving my Canal Street knives to my son. I hope that my old knives will mean as much to him as my grandfather’s knife means to me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and my thanks to Canal Street Cutlery for making heirloom quality knives.

Colin Provost's Entry

I have had many pocketknives over the years. Everything from the Swiss Army Knife, with all of its blades and accessories, to the Benchmade and Kershaw knives and everything in between. But I can say without a doubt that I have always found the Canal Street Knives to have the highest quality of workmanship. They are built to last as an everyday necessity but at the same time have the quality and durability to be a collectible and heirloom. They have always held an edge even with constant use. I have given these knives as a gift to my brothers and you could see the pride on their faces knowing they had been given such a fine knife. The best feature of these knives is that they are crafted in the U.S.A., this alone makes them a keepsake for all.

Rick Price's Entry

I was at a gun and knife show in Hampton Va. several years ago and met Michael and was interested in the knives he had on display. I had never heard of Canal Street knives before meeting him. Several months later my father gave my brother and I Canal Street knives. I was very impressed with the quality and the special gift from my father. About a year later at the next gun and knife show Michael remembered me and I realized the knives he had were also Canal Street. By then I knew the quality and tried to purchase a knife every time we met at the knife and gun shows. He asked me about being on the mailing list of their website. Since then I have enjoyed owning several additional beautiful knives. Two are on the way for Christmas to give to two of my best friends.The knives are wonderful quality and appeal. Most of all I like to be able to email Michael and have the personal connection that he affords to all his customers.
Merry Christmas,

Joe Waple's Entry

Dear Michael,
Thanks for the chance to win the Black Corn Cob Bone Pinch Lockback. I do hope I win it.

Fact of the matter is, this is my first order from you. I really wanted the Antique Ivory Bone Trailing Drop Point Hunter but when I put it in my cart and saw the retail price was $224.95, I thought for sure you had sold out. So, I instead got the beauty with the chestnut handles. I always liked wood handles and always liked chestnut so, done and done. I had also wanted a knife with tortoise shell handles, but, knowing that wouldn't happen because of conservation laws, I opted for the next best thing: Jezebel.

Now, I've always been a knife collector; as a child, my parents would bring me a knife from where ever they traveled. I have an Ulu, a Skin Dhu, a Finnish hunting knife, a Gurkha (with eye gouges), a decorative short sword from Toledo, Spain.
I've had Bokers, and Gerbers, Pumas, and Craftsman; Buck, and Laguiole, Barlowe, Camillus, CaseXX and more.

But one day I got a post on facebook about a company that was giving away knives. I "liked" the page, signed up and started getting e-mails. The knives I saw were beautiful, desirable works of art; tools that could only enhance my collection. I, however, lacked the funds to add to my cache of cutlery. Oh, did I mention that I am also a chef? My career has allowed me to collect all kinds of wonderful steel. From Chicago Cutlery to Sabatier, to Shun; the list goes on and on.

I truly look forward to adding Canal Street Cutlery to the list, knowing that these knives are fashioned by loving hands, as passionate about making knives as I am in owning and using them.

Adding the Black Corn Cob Bone Pinch Lockback to my collection would be a feather in my cap and I expect Jezebel will feel fine in my pocket.

Jame's Rigby's Entry

My neighbor bought a knife from you about 6 months ago and showed it to me. It was made with wildebeast horn, I truthfully had never heard of your company at the time. I was very impressed with the work manship of the knife, it was perfect. Since then I have been receiving your newsletter waiting for a knife to "yell" at me. The jade knife did that. I purchased 2, one for me and one for a farmer and friend that owns property that I hunt. This way I can THANK him and he can enjoy a quality AMERICAN MADE knife. AND, I really like your expression; "never trust anyone that doesn't carry a pocket knife" I had carried a small BROWNING knife for 30 years, lost it several times but it always came home; except the last time. My pocket has felt empty now for 4 years, hopefully this jade knife will fill that void. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS AMERICA

Brant Edward's Entry

Twas the Night Before a Drop Point Hunter Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and across the country far and wider
Not a collector was stirring, not even an Insider.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that a shining piece of Canal Street Cutlery soon would be there.

The customers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Moon Pie Trappers danced in their heads.
With Michael on his blog, and the Artisans in the shop,
All were worn as thin as the edge of a Canal Street blade, full stop.

When out in the street there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
With my Catskill Hunter in hand reflecting the moonlight with a flash,
I tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes was true to life,
But a delivery truck, with a shipment of eight limited edition pocketknives.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment this would be some trick.
With great inspiration and of Old World fame,
He whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Serpentine! now, Barlow! now, Moon Pie and Trapper!
On, Swell Center Jack! on, Hunter! on, Jezebel and Cannitler!
A cut above the rest! American engineered in Ellenville!
These custom made beauties are sure to give you a thrill!"

And then, in a twinkling, I saw with great pride,
The shimmer and shine of the polished mark side.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Up the front stoop the driver came with a bound.

Each knife he carried displayed it’s own unique bolster engraving,
And his clothes were all covered with American Chestnut shavings.
A bag full of the finest cutlery he carried with elation,
And he looked like a Master Cutler of unparalleled reputation.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And pulling from his sack a ninth gleaming pinch lock-back stunner,
He gifted it to me, and sprang out the door like a marathon runner!

He jumped into his truck, making ready to unleash an exalting declaration,
Before driving away after leaving behind dreams of soul stirring inspiration.
And I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove away into the night,
"Happy Drop Point Christmas to all, with 100% satisfaction, and the joy of a finely made knife!"

Big Don Franklin's Entry

I've always been a collector. From my early days in Kansas when I found Indian Arrowheads in farmers cornfields. to sterling silver napkin rings to rare history books about Mountain Men and Fur traders and now pocket knives. The major appeal of collecting is in the hunt. I can't possibly use all of the folders and fixed blade knives that I have accumulated. Some are so well made they are fascinating when you consider the skill required to make them. Others are really beautiful and appeal to the eye like any other objet d'art. As an octogenarian I'm quite sure that knives will be my last collection.

Chad Shoopman's Entry

About four years ago my grandfather passed away. My grandmother gave me a couple things of his, namely a gun cabinet and his pocket knife. His pocket knife had been used, abused and ground to new shapes. I carried it with me for a year or two but I couldn't get it sharp so it wasn't useful. I found out what knife it actually was (schrade uncle Henry stockman) and ordered a copy of it. Didn't have much luck with that so I did some searching around and ran across canal street cutlery. Bought the half moon pie trapper and have been hooked on canal street every since. I will be giving one as a Christmas gift this year. I carry a jezebel and bought another one as a backup. I'm hoping I'll be able to pass at least one of them off to children or grand-children someday. Also thinking about taking extra ones to hunting camp, letting people try them and if they like them, tell them to keep it. That way I can share my appreciation and joy with canal street knives.

Kevin Boline's Entry

Good Morning Michael,
I wanted to let you know how I feel about Canal Street Cutlery! With having a love for Schrade all the years that we have used and collected them and knowing where Canal Street Cutlery is located and what you and all their people stand for gives me that "feels good all over feeling" to look at, hold and use your knives! My twin brother and I collect and love your Half Moon Trappers ans Pinch's so we select our Canal Street knife of the week to use and enjoy for that week before we go on to the next! Our hats go off to all of you at Canal Street Cutlery for all the great work that you do to produce these fine works of art. If at days end we use something and enjoy it so much that we can say that "it doesn't owe us a dime" then we honestly feel that we have made a wise and great choice in what we have purchased and continue to purchase!

Please extend our best wishes to all the employees of Canal Street Cutlery for the fine job that they all do on the knives that we love and carry every day. We hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Thank you Michael for continuing to offer these fine knives and stories that we enjoy getting with each and every e-mail we receive from you.
Keep up the great job!

Keith Boline's Entry

Thank you for allowing me to share my feelings about how I feel in the presence of a Canal Street Cutlery pocketknife!

My twin brother and I started first grade in the fall of 1962 at a Catholic school. Back then, other than having to wear our uniforms it was a must to carry our 58OT Ulster Old Timers that our father always had a good stock of which he acquired through the offer from Prince Albert on the back of each tin in that era!

We were allowed to carry our pocketknives in school and to actually use them if a legitimate use came along. One day in second grade soon after the school year had started I just couldn't resist taking it out of my pocket not only to feel it, but having to desire to also look at it! Just at that moment my teacher (a nun) walked down the row of wooden desks on wooden rails and took it away from me! It made me sick to my stomach as I thought and worried about what would happen if she didn't give it back! At day's end it wasn't mentioned and I didn't have the nerve to ask her for it back. At the end of the following day she asked me to stay after school which again made me fret! Much to my chagrin she explained that she was hesitant to return in to me only because she thought that it was the perfect size pocketknife to carry and had actually utilized it herself when she felt it in the pocket of her "habit" or uniform later that evening!! She did however offer return it to me if I promised to only take it out of my pocket if an actual need arose!

After "fessing up" to my father about the incident and with him appreciating the fact that I had, he offered up another 58OT from his stash so that I could carefully wrap it to give to my teacher for Christmas that year, which ended up being very much appreciated!

From the early days of grade school until now I have carried many a pocketknife. We continued using and collecting Schrade pocketknives and were sick by their demise when the plant closed in 2004.... Until we learned that Wally and Dave and some of the finest cutlers left on this earth started Canal Street Cutlery, and the rest is history!

Not only is Wally's statement of "Never trust someone who doesn't carry a pocketknife" and Gurney's statement "the way to judge a man's character is by the pocketknife that he carries!" true, but it is also the way that carrying a Canal Street pocketknife makes the person carrying it feel!

The look, the feel, the quality and everything about them including knowing who makes them and in your case Michael the gentleman who sells them, makes me feel proud to know what an American heritage is being carried in my pocket each and every day!

Thanks again for allowing me to share my feelings about Canal Street Cutlery products and please extend my best Holiday greetings to you and your's in addition to Wally and Dave and all the other fine cutlers at Canal Street Cutlery.

Jerry Zinzer's Entry

I started collecting knives a couple of years ago. I have found Canal Street Knives far superior in quality and craftsmanship. The variety and materials used in the handles keeps me interested and my collection growing. When asked "What do you want for your birthday or Christmas" Canal Street Knives is at the top of my list. Droppointhunter makes buying a Canal Street knife a pleasant and easy experience. I am looking forward to seeing the next must have knife to add to my collection!

Tom Chase's Entry

Out of the rubble and ashes, that were once the Imperial Schrade corporation, rises a Phoenix. That Phoenix is "Canal Street Cutlery!"

I first learned of Canal Street after meeting Michael at his storefront in Pinebush. I vowed to follow Canal Street Cutlery and follow their production lines. I visited Canal Street at several Shot Shows and Blade Shows as well as local knife shows. I have even been fortunate enough to make several visits to the Canal Street Factory and meet the fine folks that are actually producing these High Quality works of art.

I started out purchasing the Pinch Lock Backs from Droppointhunter and a few other Canal Street Beauties such as the ring turns. I then turned to the English Barlows that Canal Street is producing! I have been very fortunate in that I have been able to purchase several PROTOTYPE knives as well as some very limited run knives to add to my collection. I started out collecting Schrade USA made knives, however, I am truly a huge fan of the Canal Street knives. I have even carved out a large area in my knife room that is dedicated specifically for the Canal Street works of art.

The Old World Artisans and Third Generation Cutlers at Canal Street Cutlery produce the finest American Made Knives available to hunters, general knife users and Fine Knife Collectors anywhere. I have been buying Canal Street knives for approximately 2 1/2 years and gathered 130+ knives. That's a rough average of one knife a week....LOL. That doesn't count the numerous knives I have purchased as Special gifts for those Important people in my life.

I am, and forever will be, a Canal Street Cutlery FANATIC and Huge supporter of the finest quality USA made knives available.

Donald Seawell's Entry

I've started collecting knives 3 years ago this December. I have always carry a knife but a friend at work showed me his collection and I was hooked. He gave me a canoe kissing crane. While I was searching for more canoe patterns I ran across Droppointhunter.com and Canal Street Cutlery. Thats when I discovered the Cannitler. It's a canoe and a whittler put together. Since then I've bought all I could find and then they came out with my second favorite pattern the barlow so of course I got to try and get all of those, I have 10 so far and counting. I said those where my favorite patterns but to be honest I love all there patterns I have at least one of every one they make and its my opinion Canal Street Cutlery makes the best quality knives in the USA.

Roger Bamford's Entry

Being an expat Brit living in New Zealand, I've been a collector of sorts and long time user of English and European knives. My brother in England introduced me to Canal Street Cutlery and I've been taken aback by the superb quality and style of their knives.
I'm also impressed by the relaxed and interesting messages from Michael!
Maybe I've found my ideal brand of knives with CSC, I just love 'em!

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