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Cold Finger Pocket Knife

I my young days a lot of men had one of these in his pocket. This one came from James Flett & Sons (Orkney) Ltd., in the early 60s. I think it cost me 12 shillings and 6 pence. It still closes with a lovely "snick".
Picture added on 09 May 2012 at 17:39
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My father still carries one. The blade is worn to a quarter of it's original size. Must be 40 years old.
Added by Ian Tait on 11 May 2012
Ian your father must be a remarkable man lucky if I dont loose a knife after 40 days!!.
A very good school pal of mine back here recently took out a peedie pen knife fae her hand bag and said do you mind giving me that knife John,no I said well she says you gave it tae me when we were bairns as I had thought it strange she did not have a knife.
Anna will not want tae see this as I doot that wid be a bit more 40 years ago!!.
Added by John Budge on 13 May 2012
Great gullie! In the 50's every emergent school lad had them, to be flourished instantly if string needed cutting, or gutter scraped off the arse of somebodys breeks from a fall. They were much fancied and entirely superior to any Roy Rogers affair which small boys carried!
Added by Kenny Meason on 13 May 2012
That is super Ian. The blade is carbon steel so takes a good edge. Of ourse it also can get rusty if neglected. My Coldfinger was lost for many years so was not sharpened much. It is a great pity that it is now illegal for me to have it in my pocket.
Added by Sandy on 13 May 2012
No Sandy, it is not illegal to carry it in your pocket as long as the blade is under 3" long and the knife is not a Lock Knife (which the "Cold Finger" is not), I own several "Cold Finger" knives and carry one all the time.
Added by John Manson on 14 May 2012
As an indication of how attitudes have changed, my mother, used since chidhood to the axiom that boys carry pocket-knives, bought one each for my brother and me when we were aged 10 and 8 respectively. My brother's knife went missing one day while we were mucking about with some other boys. He was sure one of the others had taken it and said so, but the suspect vehemently denied it. Back home, he told Mum about it and she promptly went round to the suspect's house and requested return of the knife. The suspect's mother said her son's knife was the same one he'd had for years and she actually brought the knife to the door (my mum hadn't been invited in). Mum saw the knife she had herself bought and said, "Do you know the name of the maker stamped on the base of the blade?" The other woman said she'd never looked, so my mum said, "If I know it, will you accept it's my son's knife, not yours?" She said she would, and when Mum correctly stated the name, she handed the knife over. She then went back indoors and gave her son a good kicking. (Actually,that's just wishful thinking on my part.)
The main participants in this little tale are now all dead. But if the pocket-knife pincher has gained admittance to the hereafter I hope his ears are burning.
One day at school when somebody's pencil needed sharpening, and the sharpener installed on the teacher's desk was found to be u/s, the teacher had me sharpen that pencil, and two or three others while I was at it, over the waste-basket in front of the class. Hard to imagine a teacher asking an 8-yr-old to do that today.
Added by Ian Hourston on 14 May 2012
Remember John that Anna has a special birthday this week. You also tried to give a few accordion lessons to me and Kathleen after primary school in the afternoon, she picked it up well but the less said about my attempt the better!
Added by Beryl Simpson on 14 May 2012
I have me Dads 'cold finger', it still takes a good edge too, he was never without it in his pocket, like lots of guys his age then.

Added by Johnny Johnston on 15 May 2012
I used to have a cold finger knife. When I lived in Shetland, I tracked down one of the last craftsmen from Lockwood brothers who was retired, and he made a few for me. I gave the rest away, and have now lost my own. Does anyone know where I could buy one second hand? I suspect such things are so cherished they are very hard to find...
many thanks
Added by Dan Renton on 29 May 2012
My Grandad just gave me one of these and I found an old rusted one in a wall...
Added by Owen Robertson on 10 November 2012
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