Carry gallery updates from the past couple months.
Snows almost gone, been 40Fs to 50Fs days, 20Fs nights for a while now; A FAST spring, we’re smack dab in the middle of break-up, otherwise known as mud season.
Upper 50s, low 60s in the sun yesterday, so I blew off the homestead chores and made my yearly spring run up to a favorite river spot. Odd since it’s about exactly one month earlier than usual…
Mom went along, we made a day of it looking at river access roads, seeing what was open what wasn’t, planning a picnic day in the next couple weeks. Fun times, semi-off roading.
Bit icier that it usually is when I’m there, good ice shelf (10″ ish thick) left on the sand bar, and in the river. River much lower than it should be, this low snow year showing itself.
Schrade USA Old Timer knives that is!
Have had both of these a while, the 8OT Stockman a couple years, and have carried it off and on. The 94OT Trapper almost as long, but hadn’t used it.
The Stockman came from a close friend, a knife he used to carry/use. We were cleaning out a tool box in one of his old trucks. The box had gotten full of water… Yup, knife was solid orange rust. He said if I thought I could do something with it I could have it.
90% of it was loose rust and came off in a WD-40 bath, I sharpened if and left it at that, and used it.
The trapper came from another friend, as I recall by way of a passaround box on a forum, was one he snagged at a flea market. It was badically clean, just hard rust in the joints and on the areas where the blades were exposed. I intended to give it a good cleaning, but it always got put on a back burner.
Anyway, time to kill, and lots of elbow grease, and I got them both cleaned up.
1st round is WD-40 and a cloth for any soft/new rust, and loose dirt.
2nd round is light oil on a Scotch Brite pad for blades and back of springs.
3rd round is Flitz polish on the scotch brite pad for blades, springs, and bolsters.
4th round is the Flitz on a soft cloth, for everything, delrin included.
Not perfect, and I wouldn’t want that. There is still some set-in hard rust, and some patina too. Shows they’ve had a life already, and an interesting one too.
Stuck a stray D ring I found in the shop on my Dad’s Schrade 225H. I like the fob I have on my big Amherst hunter for back pocket carry– fob hooked over the top of the pocket helps hold the knife upright, and aids in drawing it out.
But I also like the idea of easily being able to remove fobs from knives for messier tasks. Getting blood out of 550 cord is impossible!
D ring should allow me to fob it, but use a micro caribiner, s-biner, snap hook etc so I can rake it off easier.