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Bit of an unusual question

rec127

Midshipman
Hello all
I was talking to my grandad the other day, he was in the navy 1965-1975, and he was telling me about how if whilst on watch you didnt carry your knife, you would get in trouble for it.
Do you still have to carry a knife now a days whilst on watch or has it changed since then? Just wondering! :)
Cheers
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
No you don't have to carry a knife, I joined in 1973 and you didn't have to carry one then either.
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Leroy Gibbs called. “Rule 9”.

Don’t go anywhere without a torch, red filter if night vision is important.
 
Dabbers may be different.
My thought exactly....dabtoes, sand scratchers, deck apes etc in my day (64 -74) working, loitering, sleeping on the upper scupper etc, always seemed to have belt or cord with inglefield clips, from which a leather sheath dangled. Said leather work housed usually a marlin spike and a knife. This may be what your grandfather was alluding to.....
 

huwshpis

War Hero
I was a greenie/pinkie reservist (to begin with, anyway), joined 1976, almost the first piece of kit I was issued - seaman's knife, clasp. I've still got mine somewhere, on its original lanyard. We had to wear our knives on our lanyards around our waists when in 8's. Very useful on the sweep deck, even for a greenie.
 
I always carried a knife. Just in case you fackers Pissed me off any more than normal.

I would have thought that us fackers carried them for the same reasons when in your proximity........in my case it was a wheel spanner, as we clankies were pretty quick on the draw when required. Fack up on the boiler room plates, and one found out how fiendishly
deadly we were.....:) :)
 

rec127

Midshipman
Thank you for all of your replies!

The main reason my grandad had to carry his was because of an incident that happened in cape town where some of his shipmates got stabbed whilst on shore leave. He said that after that he was told to carry his everywhere with him.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
If it's got MY name and number stamped on it - I want it back.............. (that's what the long panel as seen above was for children!)




I had to buy one of the more modern stainless steel jobbies, which I've still got.
I've got one of them thar new ones as well.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
If it's got MY name and number stamped on it - I want it back.............. (that's what the long panel as seen above was for children!)




I had to buy one of the more modern stainless steel jobbies, which I've still got.

I do know that the chap whose name is scratched on it doesn't live in Spain ;)
 
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Deleted 59428

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tion
Hello all
I was talking to my grandad the other day, he was in the navy 1965-1975, and he was telling me about how if whilst on watch you didnt carry your knife, you would get in trouble for it.
Do you still have to carry a knife now a days whilst on watch or has it changed since then? Just wondering! :)
Cheers
Pussers Jack Knife . Admiralty Pattern 301 c.1910-1983 modified 1932 to all metal for the RN. Manufactured in Sheffield by Rodgers, Harrison,Allen and a couple of others due to WW2 demand. All men dressed as Seamen were issued with them post WW2 including the likes of Naval Airmen Met Observers.
 
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Deleted 59428

Guest
My Son got it for me when he was on HMS Jupiter Or some other ship that he was on.
But your son will be hard pressed to make a Turks Head (Sailors knot) on his NATO knife without a pussers Jack Knife's Marlin Spike.
 
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