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Pocket Knife Badge
(Discover the Outdoors)
by Kerry Cordy

The Pocket Knife Safety badge must be earned before  you may earn the Pocket Knife badge.  The Pocket Knife badge should only be earned under the direct supervision of a responsible adult with a knowledge of knives.  Each child is different and while some younger Frontier Girls may be ready for this badge, others may not.  For example, an 8 year old Otter can usually handle learning basic knife
skills, but a 5 year old Otter may not have the fine motor skills necessary to use a knife without injuring herself.  Earn this badge at your own risk
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Otter:  Do four requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*   Earn the Pocket Knife Safety Badge.

_____ 2. * Learn about each of the various tools on your pocket knife.  Know what each does and how to use it properly.

 

Dolphin:  Do five requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Learn how to properly clean and care for a pocket knife.

 

Butterfly:  Do six requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Learn about legal issues regarding pocket knives and their use such as where you may or may not carry them.  For example, you may not carry a pocket knife onto an airplane, into most schools, into a court house, etc.

 

Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*.  Learn the difference between a jack knife, a pen knife, and a multipurpose knife.  Know the different type of mechanisms for locking the knife in place and closing it again including a lock blade knife, a slip joint knife, a friction folding knife, a push button knife, and a spring assisted knife.

 

Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Learn the history of pocket knives.

_____ 4.  Learn a push cut and use your pocket knife to whittle a point on a stick to toast a marshmallow or hotdog.

_____ 5.  Use a pocket knife to open a sealed box.

_____ 6.  Use a pocket knife to cut rope.

_____ 7.  (Otters-Butterflies only) Learn the difference between a jack knife, a pen knife, and a multipurpose knife.  Know the different type of mechanisms for locking the knife in place and closing it again including a lock blade knife, a slip joint knife, a friction folding knife, a push button knife, and a spring assisted knife.

_____ 8.  Take a field trip to a store that sells pocket knives and have someone teach you about them.

_____ 9.  Visit someone with a collection of different pocket knives or a pocket knife exhibition.

_____ 10.  Learn how to properly clean and care for a pocket knife.

_____ 11.  Practice learning the following cuts using a plastic knife and a bar of soap:

•        Push Cut –With your thumb on the back of the blade, angle the blade away from you.  Push and shave off small pieces of wood.
•        Score Line – This cut gives you a clear line that you can use to cut back to.
•        Stop Cut – Used when scoring a line or cutting back to the line you scored.

_____ 12.  (Otters-Dolphins only) Learn about legal issues regarding pocket knives such as where you may or may not carry them. For example, you may not carry a pocket knife onto an airplane, into most schools, into a court house, etc.

_____ 13.  Know how to treat a both a minor and major cut if someone is injured using a pocket knife.

_____ 14.  Draw a design onto the wood (or soap).  Use your pocket knife to carve or whittle out the design. Keep it simple; complicated drawings are difficult to carve! Balsa wood or Ivory soap works well for beginners.

_____ 15.  Use a pocket knife to help prepare a meal or snack.

 

Websites:  These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their content.  Please do not surf the internet without your parent’s permission.

Boy Scout Lesson Plan for Teaching the Pocketknife badge
http://pack14.pepperellbsa.org/ProgramHelps/WhittlingChipClass.html

Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife (article)
http://artofmanliness.com/2008/04/01/every-man-should-carry-a-pocket-knife/