Bear Claws Adventure: 3 Types of Pocketknives

pocketknife designsOwning a pocketknife is almost a rite of passage for many boys and especially so for Cub Scouts.  Many of our boys can’t wait until they’re Bears so that they can earn their Whittling Chip which allows them to carry a pocketknife at pack campouts.  However, they must have permission of their parent and den leader as well as proper adult supervision.

In the new Cub Scout Adventures that are effective June 1, 2015, earning the Whittling Chip is part of the Bear Adventure, Bear Claws.  Another Bear Claws requirement is to learn about the three common designs of pocketknives.

Bear Adventure:  Bear Claws 1.  Learn about three common designs of pocketknives.

There are three common pocketknife designs:  the pen knife, the jack knife and the multi-purpose knife.  So, what’s the difference in these three?

pocketknife pen knife
The pen knife has hinges and blades on both ends of the knife.  Often, they will have two or three blades at each end.  They are also smaller than the other two types.
pocketknife jack knife
The jack knife is only hinged on one end, but it may have more than one blade.  Outdoorsmen such as hunters, campers and fishermen tend to like these knifes.


pocketknife multipurpose knife
The multi-purpose knife is popular because there are so many different things they can have on them.  Obviously, they’ll have a knife blade, but they can also have a file, scissors, tweezers, can or bottle openers and even a mini-saw blade.

To help the boys learn the types, you can use these printables.  Print them on card stock, have the boys cut them out and use brads to attach the pieces.  The boys can write the pocketknife’s type on it.

You can always assemble one set of these to use as an example rather than having the boys make them.

I hope this helps you with the Bear Claws Adventure!

Yours in Scouting,

P.S. If you decide that your son is ready for his first pocketknife, take a look at these available through my Amazon affiliate link.

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7 thoughts on “Bear Claws Adventure: 3 Types of Pocketknives

  1. Kim Carlson

    Thanks so much for the great ideas! I love the new feature where I can print just what I need! It saves so much paper.

  2. Catherina Price

    WE would like to share your link on our College of Cub Scouting this is the “Pow Wow” for the Cub Scout Leaders of the GREAT SALT LAKE COUNCIL. Can we link your blog address to our Resource Library? We are having a Class taught on Whittling and Wood Working and Your Info is “Spot on”. Thank you for being an amazing Cub Scouter!
    Thank you,
    Cathy Price
    Dean of College of Cub Scouting 2015
    “Adventures for Life”

  3. Marilyn Wouden

    I agree thank you for this information and printouts.
    We had an incident with a knife that wasn’t right. I am going to have my boys memorize the Whittling Chip before they get the card. I want my boys to know a knife is not a toy to take lightly.


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