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What Was Your Most Precious Childhood Possession?

Some of us can instantly recall their most precious or loved possession while relics like me have to delve deeply into the abys and recesses of gray matter to find that single trove of joy. For me, was not to be a favorite Schwinn bike or Radio-Flyer cart… 

Luckily, my dear wife just popped in and handed me one such object from her trinket box, my Joseph Rodgers folding-knife. The other was my late Grandpa’s watch which was stolen in a burglary several years ago. 

This is the first Joseph Rodgers folding-knife I had ever laid my eyes on at Joe’s Barbershop where my Dad used to take us for our monthly hair-cuts. Joe McCauley allowed me to pay off the $1-00 asking price over several installments from my meager pocket money earnings. I was 8 years old and that was all of 60 years ago. Guess who weathered time better? 

I was so inspired by knifemaking craftsmanship, I went on to make knives and gun- stocks many years later. My brand name was Fish-Eagle.

  • Did you have a precious childhood possession?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by Andre Hartslief


Hello, I’m Andre’ Hartslief, Tranquilpen© 2008 “I finally discovered, that man’s whole purpose, is not to do the right things in life or to be good, to be successful or famous. Our entire purpose in life is to express divinity unto everyone and everything. How we do that, is by transforming ourselves completely, from an old state of existence to a new state and if we start removing those limitations piece by piece, It is only, then, that the Creator of the universe and all life, will begin to express himself, unbridled through us.


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  1. What a great story. My brother always had my Grandpa’s Case pocket knife. Besides our dogs of course, I had a collection of church pins. Perfect attendance pins. And bible challenge pins. I always won those contests. At that time, they made me feel very proud.

  2. What a great story! I never knew you made stocks and even a brand name. Congratulations. Now, what was the question? OH yeah. lol Precious childhood possession. Well looking back the first thing that came to mind were my pets, but do you own them or they you.. Second thought was my mini bike. Boy, I got into sooo much trouble with that thing. I loved it.

    • Hello Kim, man, that pet thing, had me wondering too, I’m reasonably sure they own us. Anyhow, thank you so much for reading and commenting on the post. P.S. I think I can still lay my paws on a handmade knife or gunstock sample.

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