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This is just wrong

And yes, I checked, and it's true. Current official Boy Scout knives are made in China.

If I perceived the slightest sign of quality in this thing, I wouldn't be quite as upset. But I don't. The "stainless" steel doesn't appear to be remotely so. The blade isn't just corroding (which most stainless steels will do to a greater or lesser extent); it's rusting.

A Boy Scout knife used to be a prized possession, something for which one saved or wished for at Christmas, and then probably used well into adulthood or passed on to a son (or daughter). They were made by legendary companies such as Case, Camillus, and Kershaw.

Think this will be an heirloom someday?

4 comments:

  1. Why not... The olympic uniforms were made there... I'm sure my 30 year old version is US made, but I will have to check. That's too bad.

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  2. We can blame ourselves for creating a consumer culture - I'm agin' it.

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  3. Price seems to drive so much now, rather than quality. I am not against all things Chinese-made; only those that are only made there to be cheaper, for the wrong reasons. But Jonathan's right: something like this used to be something kids saved up for, or got as a special Christmas or birthday present.

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  4. Seems appropriate for an organization such as the Boy Scouts, discriminatory and dictatorial. Now, the Girl Scouts that's a quality organization.

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