As you may remember, a little over a month ago, around March 20th, I posted about losing a knife.
Well, about 1.5 weeks ago, I got a text with a picture from a friend I had visited and helped the day I lost it.
Yup! Found, amazingly intact, in his driveway, close to where I’d parked!
Took a week til last Sunday, for me to get to meet up with him and get it.
As I said, it is amazingly intact, and unhurt, for having laid in a snowy, gravely driveway for over a month!
But it isn’t unhurt either. A fair amount of rust has been acquired, although a lot of it surface rust.
The main clip blade was unopenable without repeated efforts, and some mud removal. Amazingly the secondary spear blade was stiff, but came open easilly. And is astoundingly unmarked except one small spot.
I’ll be doing a good and thorough cleaning soon, and put it back into rotation.
All will be easy enough to clean off, except the thicker corrosion on the inner side of the springs. It looks to be a loose easily removed surface rust, a flaky scale. But its location and thin limited access will make it difficult.
A challenge posted on a forum recently; If you were forcibly reduced, for whatever reason, to only having three of your folding knives, what would they be. And why.
These are mine. I picked based on the ones I’d want as my only three, but also to par that down, based on the ones I’d want if limited to just one knife. Made it easier to choose. Not easy at all, but easier. 😉
The peanut, my old and dear friend for 11 years now, and at times(some of them months, or years at a time) my only knife. The little knife that can, and does, do anything, always cutting above and beyond what you’d expect from knives twice it’s size.
The stockman, my favorite of the ones I have now, and a stockman has become my most carried and used pattern. This is a nice size, and would be well suited to be my only knife, if ever reduced to just one.
Both being my favorite traditional brand, Case, in my favorite production steel, TrueSharp(a 420 varient); it just plain works, and is easy to work with.
And last but not least, and this was a hard choice, my Kobalt folding razor knife. I wanted to call this one of my work tools, and not my EDC, to allow another favorite in the 3.
But to be honest, it’s been carried and used a LOT when I have gone months without work.. And it deserves it’s place in the 3 otherwise. This sucker has taken anything I could throw at it, professionally and personally for 7 years now. It’s bomb proof, and I dare say construction proof, even Alaska proof!
Decided I wanted to start using my Ruger Bearcat more, carry it hunting sometimes. Looked at the official Ruger holsters, and while a nice design, being straight draw, drop looped, I really tend to prefer a higher riding pancake style holster.
Looked around online, but didn’t find anything I really liked, nor anything I could afford.
A couple years ago I made a simple pancake holster for my Bersa Firestorm 380, thats worked out great, been the most comfortable gun/holster combo I’ve ever carried.
And, having the left overs from that leather in the shop… 😉
Since I liked the carry of the Bersa, I copied the shape, size, and carry cant (slightly forward/FBI style) exactly off that holster.
Only change I made was to add a “sweat shield” as they’re called, to the back top. Not really to shield the gun from me, but me from the gun; When you carry in cooler weather, without tucking a shirt in behind the gun, it can be a little cold against you! (The Bersa holster was originally made to be ambidextrous, to be worn on either side, thus it’s straight cut on the top front and back.)
Some glue, yes I know thatd a wood glue… but wood and leather are both fibrous organic substance, the glue doesn’t know the difference!
“Clamped” for a bit;
Partially stitched test fit;
Checking where I might put a tension rivet, or a line of stitching closer to the gun.
I’ll trim/round the upper corners of the back shield aftercsome carry and use, as I decide how wide, abd high it needs to be.
I decided against the tension rivet or stiches, because honestly with the firm grip it has in such a deep coverage, I don’t think it is necessary. AND, withbthe holsters shape left generally open, I hoped that my Ruger MKII would also fit in it.
Again, deep coverage of the gun, so I decided against a safety strap. I can always add it later if it seems needed.
And yes, it turned out to fit the MKII almost as perfectly!
They’re not fancy, nor perfect, but they work, and that’s what’s important to me in basic field gear. 🙂
A ‘32 Ford Hot Wheels plus a big split ring equals a new key chain for a spare key for my truck–Which I need to get, right now only one key exists for it..
No mods to the car were needed, with no side windows in it, I just had to thread the ring through!
uhhm…. yeah 😉
Lets say, saw a need for 😉 a couple light packs, to fill out gaps in capacity capabilities for day bags.
My main and favorite grab and go day bag for several years now has been a Black Diamond 16L pack. Its small, light, durrable, and can really be stuffed with day trip/hike essentials.
But it’s on the smaller side at times. Two years ago I acquired a 25L TNF (The North Face) Vault as an upgrade for those times.
It has the room I need on average, for day trips. But it has two problems; it has a stiff structured back panel that is a great idea, but horrendously uncomfortable.
And it’s bright red.
No matter what they say animals can and can’t see, I see little to no way of proving it… So I have a hard time taking bright colors on hunting trips.
On the other hand I find camo pointless, but thats another topic for another time. 🙂
So, I wanted another mid sized 25L to 35L pack for day hikes and day hunts, that wasn’t brightly colored.
And I also wanted a pack between that size, and the big 65L 3 day trip pack I have. An overnight day trip bag that wouldn’t be heavy or waste space. Mainly for my summer weight camping gear, where I don’t need the room for my 20° bag or many, if any extra clothes. Went with 45L.
I ended up with a claimed 35L that I’d say is around 20L maybe 25L actual capacity. And the other, claimed to be 45L, around 30L, 35L absolute max.
Not optimal. But then, for $10, and $15, shipped, respectively the small and large, I can’t complain much. 😉
It was worth the risk, and while not exactly what I needed, they’ll help out. I’ll just still need to find something in the 40L to 45L area for a summer time overnight trip bag.
For the smaller, I went with green, so I’m comfortable with it for hunting trips.
Draw closure top, with top flap. Pocket under flap.
And one ob the top of the flap;
Standard stretchy side pockets;
The outer sleeve pocket on the frontvis the same stretchy material.
Grab handle leaves a little to be desired;
And, the nifty feature I liked, the inner pocket on the top flap is double zippered;
Turn the pocket insige out, roll the bag into it and zip;
Will make neatly packing it in my main hunting trip bag/dry bag much easier!
Overall it seems well built, and while light weight materials , also seems like it will be durable enough. Time will tell.
For the other, since it was planned as a non hunting hike pack, color didn’t matter much. So I went with something I liked, and something I’m garranteed to not lose when I set it down.
So sue me, I like purple. 🙂
It is 2 main compartments, small side mesh pockets, and a tiny zipped one on the front. And a bottom access area, that when fully opened/pressed out to capacity almost fills the whole main compartment! Bottom easy access for sleeping bag? Or ive seen the same made for shoes.. I’m sure ill find a use, but its a little odd in its size.
Chosen for it’s everal cord locked bungee attachment points, compression straps, and bottom straps that I liked the look of for hanging my tent on.
This one is heavier materials than the other, has a more solid feel to it.
I want to say it feels more solidly built as well, but that might be an illusion of the heavier materials. As I said above, only time will tell how they survive, but I’m thinking theyll be fine. 😉
Great wide padded straps;
Hip belt comes mid gut on me, like most do and is deathly short… I’ll probably cut it off. Nice adjustable/removable sternum strap though!
And I was pleasantly surprised by this;
First time I’ve ever seen a heavy dedicated carry handle on a backpack! And it still has the usual carry/hanging loop too.
Overall, I’m pleased for $25 total. Hell, I think I’d have been pleased with just the purple one for that much, or a little more. 🙂
And you don’t have time to get more before you have to deliver a product, you improvise.
When i got nails for my brad nailer, I needed 5/8″ and at least about 1.25″. The 2″ was cheaper, and the length wouldn’t hurt the project, so thats what I got.
Forgot to check if thd long ones would fit the nailer.
But these fit;
Wondered if i could score a line on a stick, and snap them off shorter with the stick intact… Couldn’t hurt to try!
And voila! Shorter nails that fit!
They work flawlessly too, the now one sided bevel on the tip doesn’t seem to effect a thing.
A.I.O. Simple. 🙂
(Adapt, Improvise, Overcome)