Sunday, November 29, 2009
I decided to go with 16th inch pin stock to pin the scales. As is pretty common on my knives, it's also got a 1/4 inch lanyard tube. We had to make a trip yesterday so I took it along and tempered it up while the girl played like a wild person, descended of monkeys...
Ah... light straw. The color that says 59/60 HRC. We likey. I agonized over the scales for this thing for ever it seems. I finally decided that the rosewood was just too pretty, and honestly too cheap, not to use on this. So last night I cut them out and fitted them up. Epoxy doesn't mix well in the cold so I brought it all in and glued it up in a vice overnight.
Friday, November 27, 2009
So pictured below here is 'the bear', so named mostly because if it's shape. As size goes it's not all that long but has some serious mass in steel. It's 6.5" long and 1.5" wide. Made of 5/32 O-1, it's packing all sorts of weight. I did a full distal taper on the blade and reduced it pretty dramatically but it's still not something to drop in your pocket or on your toe. It is, in fact, going to be a necker when I am done.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Well gang, here it is. I was out and about today for the first time what seems an eternity and I was rigging for squirrels. I spent a few days working out the things I was sure I would need for 7 or 8 hours out plus the usual FUBAR bag stuff and came up with this.
From left to right, top to bottom there we have:
- My musette bag. Handiest thing I have used in a while. I need to mod the shoulder strap a bit and she'll be set.
- On top of it there is the FUBAR bag. Inside are the compass, emrg blanket, spare fire thing, my headlamp / beacon, all my first aid gear. The bag itself is a zippy cabelas thing that works very well.
- My Gerber sliding saw. Fantastic for making tree branches not poke you in the back...
- The skinner I bought from Lance Okendon. (click here to see it) Great knife.
- Gerber Multitool. Also great gear thing.
- My $10 walmart poncho that has lasted 4 hunting seasons now.
- 25' of 550 paracord
- GPS - Garmin eTrex. Don't leave home with out one...
- My Altoids tinder box. (today populated with the sure thing... cotton in Vaseline :-)
- 100 rounds of Aguila 38 grain hollow point subsonic ammo
- My Ruger Mk III target which is also hell on squirrels...
- Spare mag
- My German canteen & cup combo thing I got for $2.
- A sling I bought on bushcraftusa.com that I am still playing with. Today I threw a rock and didn't hit myself in the junk. It was a good day... :-)
Mostly I packed it up to see how it would carry and how it would do in the serious cedar thickets on the farm. All was well as far as I can see. No gear lost, damaged or otherwise abused. In addition, not noisy at all which is a plus for hunting.
On the upside, got to use the fire gear when I discovered that some of the lame neighbors has set up a deer blind on the folks place. Pretty funny how fast canvas will take a fire once you hit some good tinder with a spark.
About the only thing I need to add going forward is the MRE I forgot to pack. What you don't see in the pick is the Tim Horton's bagel I stopped and grabbed for lunch on the way out this morning. I was munching while shooting pics. It really gets no better than this.
When deer season kicks off for me finally ( I know the rest of the state has been at it for 6 weeks already) I know how I am packing. Replace the Mk III with a Thompson Encore I am set. I did scout 'The Spot' today as well. Assuming I make it, I may actually get another one this year.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
For a while now I have been wanting to put together a couple of really nice two knife sets. Each would be something like a bushcrafter and a small game thing in a nice double sheath with a firesteel. I am going to use these for that. I have the firesteels ordered and all I need to do it get the time. Seems doubtful until year end at this point. Ah well.... always something. I am going to get some designs on paper and see where it lands.
Take care and more soon. Thanks.