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"Carl's Lounge" (Off-Topic Discussion, Traditional Knife "Tales & Vignettes")

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jackknife, Jul 5, 2010.

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  1. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    This guy was neighborly for a few days PhotoPictureResizer_190428_200244041-1024x985.jpg until the local toughs let it be known whose neighborhood it was. IMG_7351.JPG
     
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  2. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    I stopped by the local antique mall today. They didn't have any pocket knives worth what they ask for them, but I did pick up a few old dental tools. They were marked "dental tools", anyway, but I'm not too sure. The small bone thingy is some sort of pin-vice. The other instrument is interesting. Some sort of gouge tool or scraper? I did a quick Google, and it looks like Ferris&Co. made surgical instruments.
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  3. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Aargh! Makes my teeth hurt just to look at those torture instruments:eek::D And all that rust...sorry, patina;) Must've taken a lot of work to keep them clean and rust free when working, or did they bother.....I have horrible childhood 'memories' of a certain dentist...drilled a load of my milk teeth so they stayed in longer than nature intended-rotted the molars waiting to emerge:eek::mad:
     
  4. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    My first dentist didn't believe in novocaine, but he did wash his hands between patients.
     
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  5. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Oh, sorry to hear about bad dentists. :( I guess I've been lucky - I mean, no one likes going to the dentist - but I haven't had any truly traumatic experiences. :eek: I guess that's why when I see stuff like this, I might give a passing thought to "What did they use this for? I'll bet that hurt." but mostly I'm figuring out if it's something I can use on arts & crafts projects. Maybe I can use it on wood or leather, I can put a small scribe or graver in that pin vise for scrimshaw...
     
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  6. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Very interesting Rachel :) I once picked up these antique dental pliers. I offered them to my dentist as a gift, but he looked as horrified as Will! :eek: I have terrible teeth, but never minded going to the dentist at all :) :thumbsup:

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  7. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    My first dentist was ok. He pulled a molar without novacaine, but I don't remember it hurting. Must have been a baby tooth, since I'm pretty sure I've got all my molars. He was the same guy who took out all but four of Dad's teeth to fit him with dentures. I hope he used noavacaine for that.
     
  8. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Well, nobody has asked about my Catholic Sri Lankan friend from grad school, but I'll tell you anyway.
    She probably would have been at church on Easter, so I was worried. My 30-year-old address for her was unlikely to be current. But then I realized, this is the 20th[sic] century, I can google her. So I did.
    Turns out she died the end of 2015. Probably my age, maybe a couple years younger. There's lots of stuff on Facebook about what a great teacher, mentor, friend, and colleague she was.
    Wherever she's gone must be a brighter and happier place than it was before she got there. Everyone she left behind must have had to soak up a lot of sun to compensate for the absence of her smile.
    I had to say that somewhere.
    No condolences necessary; I haven't seen or heard from her in 30 years.
     
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  9. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Well, my flint knives and bearskins computer has packed it in. A "renewed" one from Llama River is due today. I sprang for a three year protection plan, so I'm not too worried about it's being refurbished. The monitor is still good, so there was no reason to get a full kit.
     
  10. r redden

    r redden Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 23, 2015
    Thank you Shawn life's had some unexpected turns for both of us the last few years my old friend but we're both still standing. :thumbsup:
     
  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Good to see you here Randy :) :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Randy, you had more than your share of health problems, now please have a sabbatical year (and lots more) :D
     
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  13. Ramrodmb

    Ramrodmb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    I liked your picture, but HATE Grackles!
     
  14. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Grackles eat bugs, so I've learned to appreciate them.
     
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  15. Ramrodmb

    Ramrodmb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    There are better options.;) I understand there is nothing can be done about them.
     
  16. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    You should get a picture of the bats under the Congress Street bridge, too, Rachel. ;)
     
  17. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Bats-yick.
     
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  18. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Oh, bats are a big tourist attraction around here. They first started roosting under the bridge in the 1980's, right around the time some big hotels were being built along Town Lake. The developers wanted to poison them, but a Mr. Tuttle formed Bat Conservation International and educated the public about the environmental benefit of bats (more plants are pollinated by bats than bees worldwide, and they eat their weight in flying insects every night) Now those same hotels advertise Bat Watching Happy Hours and tour boats. :D
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  19. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Pretty cool. Need to get me some bats for the mosquitos around here. Thanks for the pics! :thumbsup:
     
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  20. JB in SC

    JB in SC Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2001
    @r8shell

    Last time I was in Austin in the late 90’s I witnessed the spectacle. It was surreal seeing so many in one location...
     
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