A frosty Fall morning, with a good cup of coffee! The leaves are turning, and the birds are taking turns foraging in the apple tree outside my window; Wee Tits, Squabbly Sparrows, more substantial Towhees. They are foraging, storing up for a trip south! A good old 4x4 pickup truck, nearly 17 years old, and running like a top! Had it all steam-cleaned, in and out, and under the hood. Maybe I will get some pile seat-covers for winter. And simple knives, made from a minimum of parts, but creatively designed to be pleasing to eye and hand, and pleasing to use! A Case "barehead" swayback, designed by Tony Bose, but not a collaboration knife. CV steel, with wonderful swedges added, along with blades that are blued for rust protection. Then a John Lloyd stag beauty. You can't make a knife much simpler, nor can you improve the lines, textures - on and on! A Scagel repro, by Queen. Some call William Scagel the father of custom knives. He was indeed a huge influence, mostly on fixed blades for various uses. He made a few pocketknives, somewhat crudely shaped, but beautiful in a "folky" way. The first one, in reddish wood, was re-handled, with a little folk art added, in the form of a copper star! The second Scagel-repro has Stag as Scagel used, along with his trademark arrowhead shield. The idea of cobbling together your own pocket knife, simply, and with a superior forged blade is so elemental! Makes stupid presidential campaigns just disappear! Finally that classic sodbuster, a simple knife made elegant by the addition of well done faux-tortoiseshell handles. Remember the tortoise without wiping it out! Plastic handles can be a bit ho-hum, but the recent acrylics suggest the heady days of dazzling celluloid, without the downside!! Not mind-boggling engineering, but a fine distillation of centuries of art!