R. SMALLS is a small yet effective EDC knife. Made from O1 tool steel, the 5 1/2″ overall length of the full tang blade and a blade length of 2 1/2″, SMALLS is perfect for those everyday tasks like opening boxes and cutting rope. White liners and stainless pins give this Cocobolo handled knife a simple but classic beauty. Each R. SMALLS comes with a handcrafted leather sheath that can be worn vertically or horizontally on the belt.
Overall Length: 5 1/2”
Blade Length: 2 1/2”
Availability: 24 in stock (can be backordered)
April 5, 1839 – February 23, 1915 Beaufort, South Carolina
Smalls was an American businessman, publisher, and politician. Born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina, he freed himself, his crew, and their families during the American Civil War by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, on May 13, 1862, and sailing it from Confederate-controlled waters of the harbor to the U.S. blockade that surrounded it. He then piloted the ship to the Union-controlled enclave in Beaufort-Port Royal-Hilton Head area, where she became a Union warship. His example and persuasion helped convince President Abraham Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the Union Army.
After the American Civil War he returned to Beaufort and became a politician, winning election as a Republican to the South Carolina State legislature and the United States House of Representatives during the Reconstruction era. Smalls authored state legislation providing for South Carolina to have the first free and compulsory public school system in the United States. He founded the Republican Party of South Carolina. Smalls was the last Republican to represent South Carolina’s 5th congressional district until 2010.
Smalls was a loyal Republican. On August 22, 1912, he wrote to U.S. Senator Knute Nelson, “I never lose sight of the fact that had it not been for the Republican Party, I never would have been an office-holder of any kind—from 1862 to the present.” In words that became famous, he described his party as “the party of Lincoln…which unshackled the necks of four million human beings.” He wrote this line on September 12, 1912, in a letter expressing his anxiety over the looming presidential election. He concluded that letter, “I ask that every colored man in the North who has a vote to cast would cast that vote for the regular Republican Party and thus bury the Democratic Party so deep that there will not be seen even a bubble coming from the spot where the burial took place.”
From Wikipedia: Robert Smalls: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Smalls
*note: Discrepancies (particularly in dates and names) are left as printed from their original sources. Due to the lack of status among non-whites historically, records were not accurately kept.