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I’m settled in for the next week at home. I was cleaning a drawer and guess what? I found two knifes I had almost forgotten about.
It was 1990 and I was reading Larry Niven’s Protector. Larry represented the changes we experience in old age, due to a missing environmental agent, as an incomplete transformation to a superior being. One of the attributes was skin so tough, so armored it could turn a bronze knife. I wanted a bronze knife, but even bronze was expensive on my budget.
I was also interested in the Spanish navaja. These are classic Spanish folding fighting and utility knives. The classic knife used a set of pinion teeth which when opened produce a characteristic clicking sound. Hence the nickname in some quarters, of cucaracha or cockroach. Navajas came in many sizes and the larger ones were used for dueling. It was said the sound of this knife opening in the darkness would make a brave man blanch. Pretty cool, yes?