Vintage Official Boy & Girl Scout Blades (Collector Guide) by: Ed Holbrook
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This superb reference on the official knives and axes of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and related organizations keeps getting better with each printing.
BOOK REVIEW (of current 5th printing)
Reviewed by Knife World Staff
If the cover of this book looks a little familar to you, don't be surprised -- it should. Author Ed Holbrook has been publishing Official Scout Blades since 1997, and it's unquestionably the best ever done on the subject.
So why are we reviewing it again? Well, once in a while Ed goes ahead and updates his book without a lot of fuss or fanfare. This year brought the fifth revision of Official Scout Blades, and while most would promote each new edition Mr. Holbrook modestly calls each update a new "printing." Over the years, these updates have caused the book to grow from 72 pages to the current 130 pages. Among the additions to the original book are a price guide, a detailed index, quite a few more vintage advertisements, catalog pages, and of course more axes & knives both recent and old.
This isn't a book with lots of stories and detailed historical explanations; it's a collectors guide with an emphasis on identification and dating. Included are descriptions and photographs of just about all known variations of the official knives and axes of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Camp Fire Girls, along with detailed descriptions and original model numbers. Some scattered non-official knives are included as well. The black & white photographs won't blow you away, but they are quite adequate for identification purposes -- and everything is illustrated.
If you have an interest in scout knives or axes, Official Scout Blades is a required reference -- and if your old copy doesn't include a price guide or index, it might be time to replace that old dog... especially since the price tag is about the only thing that Ed hasn't changed!
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- Width: 8.75 inches
- Height: 11 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 1.44 pounds
- Spiral Bound