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243 years ago, the delegates of the 13 colonies, assembled in Congress, pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor in defense of the following:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
The question for us today is: Are we a free people?
Jesus Christ declared: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
“If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Cor. 3:17.
“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” Lev. 25:10.
“This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;
“But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
“Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chr. 7:14.
Once in a while, I go to a town large enough, with time enough to spare, to visit a thrift shop. Digging through the bins of kitchen knives is sometimes productive. Here is a dollar’s worth:
The knife on the bottom had a bent point, and several serious nicks in the edge, so those have been ground away. The top knife had a noticeable mis-match between handle and tang, which was fixed. Both wood handles were “dehorned” with a half-round file, and the guard on the middle knife was given a similar “ouch elimination” treatment. Much more comfortable.
While bargain-bin knives I choose are often carbon steel, these were all stainless. Both Chicago Cutlery and Normark use tolerably good steel. Stainless steel certainly has advantages in a wet, salty, acidic environment.
For $1 and an hour’s labor, not bad.
Starting with the Oak handle–
Next, is Black Walnut, with nickel-silver guard.
And, Hickory with nickel-silver:
This knife weighs 2.2 ounces, 5.0 in the sheath.
And, the last–Hickory and aluminum:
Knife is 2.1 ounces, 5 ounces in the sheath.
Which is your favorite? Comments are welcome!
Here are the first knives to receive the 2019 mark!
All are carbon steel, 3 are black walnut handles.
This knife has a 7-inch, 3/16 thick blade of O-1 Tool Steel. The sheath has a wood liner for safety. It is available for sale. $375.
This knife is also a 7-inch blade, 3/16 thick, cut from a large circle-saw blade, re-heat-treated. Handle, of course, is brown canvas micarta. $SOLD.
The other two are custom orders that are on their way to eager owners. O-1 on the first, and sawblade on the second–a 6-inch Lightweight cut down to 4 1/2 inches. The upper knife is truly a “straight knife.” Straight spine, and straight handle.