Thursday, November 28, 2013

"An Encomium of the Drop-Knife" by A.W. Bellaw (1917)

An Encomium of the Drop-Knife.

No knife is so slick,

It is quick on its trick

And a joy that will last you for life.

There is none 'neath the sun

Just like it, not one,

It's the Schrade Safety Push-Button Knife.

If the button is pressed

The blade does the rest,

Opens out like a thing all alive;

You break no thumb nail

In your efforts—that fail—

If you're owning this Push-Button Knife.

It's the handiest yet,

It is everyone's pet,

And with all good knife merits its rife.

Its blades are rare steel,

And really ideal

Is this notable Push Button Knife.

It's the very quick pick

Of club, class, and clique,

Its equal they cannot contrive;

It's a true treasure-trove,

And a thing you will love

Is this wonderful Push-Button Knife.

                    A. W. BELLAW, DeGroff, O.

American Cutler. July 1917. 6.

The poem might have first appeared prior to 1917, or A. W. Bellaw was writing up to the very end. Either way, 1917 would make it a posthumous publication as he died in 1916.

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