Field Notes Covered!

Been trying to post this for a week or two. For a while now I’ve wanted to make a leather cover for the Field Notes I carry. Like, a year… or more.

But every now and then I stop carrying thrm for a while. Like this sum

mer I stopped because it was one less item that I would be touching in stores, out and about, that I couldn’t really disinfect in any way. I went to using my phone for to do lists and time cards at work(covid free zone cause no one else is there.. well, mostly), and memorizing shopping lists.
At work its been ok, except where I need to take fast notes, measurements, and layout diagrams.
And it never worked for lists.
So I’ve gone back to carrying the notebooks. And to wanting a cover to help keep them from disintegrating.
I had a cover before, got in late 2011 but it was made for a thicker Moleskine book, which I used it with for a couple years off and on. But to not be too floppy when I transitioned to field notes in 2014, it had to have at least 2, 3 better, in it. Too thick to carry easilly. Which I did do for a while.
But it became too cumbersome, and I went to naked single notebooks. And then found that the naked notebooks get torn up a lot.
After a while I went to wrapping all new Field Notes in a layer of heavy duty packing tape, to keep them more colorfast, and less fragile. But even then they can still get pretty beat up before I get through one. Especially if there is a lot of carry and little use, like this summer.
So anyway. I don’t have time to make anything. Or really to think about making anything. The old rule rings true, you can have time to do things OR money to do things. Not both.
I love the job I have, ain’t complaining. Just missing having time for other things… 😉
So anyway, I broke down and started shopping/browsing. And after A LOT of narrowing it down, I bought a couple things that normally I’d prefer to make.
I wanted simple thin leather, 3 to 4oz flexible but abrasive resistant… And real leather.
And the front and back pockets that slip over the cover on the book. Thats really hard to narrow down, so many makers do the Midori/travelers style with the elastic bands in the spine, no hold for the covers. I want to open the leather, and the notebook as one, not have to open each separate.
And Just those pockets. No credit card slot, no pen holder, no hold shut strap. And hug the notebook like second skin, not a arctic parka 3 sizes too big.
And not $100 freaking bucks…
So.. I found what I liked, then what I REALLY liked, and at a bit more than I wanted to spend (figured about $25 was good for paying a craftsman, where they profit but I don’t get gouged) I figured what the hell and did it. Was About $35.
Super glad I did!!
So it turned out to be thicker leather than I wanted. And it doesn’t hug the edges of the book as close as I’d have liked.
Its actually bigger in footprint in both thickness and area, as the old cover I had. The old cover I stopped trying to use because it was too big in pocket, and uncomfortable.
This amazingly disappears, I can’t feel it at all!!
Yeah, anyway, shut up and show pics AK, I know…
Old and new

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Inside (came with a single graph craft notebook, a pleasant surprise)

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And the outside showing why I splurged and got this. Some of you will remember a slight obsession I have with compass rose designs… Just couldn’t pass this up! Its laser engraved, and surprisingly deeply.

Here is a link to the nakers shop, if anyone is interested.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LostSkeletonsBrandCo

The only disadvantage to using this is any of the Field Notes quarterly eddition I get, I don’t get to see the fancy covers. And since I just got several packs of special editions, I’m feeling this loss. But just because I have the cover doesn’t mean I ALWAYS have to use it.
So I think I can find a happy medium where I will still get to see the more special notebooks.

Categories: Compass Rose, EDC, Field gear, Field Notes, Journal, Leather, New Gear, Notebooks, Soft Goods, Traditional | 1 Comment

Well, hello babe!

New Zippo again.

Have wanted a pin-up styled lighter, just because, for a while now. I got one once before, in an off brand Zippo coppy, but the way the image was done with a thick plastic buble/cover over it just wasn’t my thing.

I’ve looked at all of them Zippo makes/has made, took forever to find 3 or 4 that are semi tasteful, and the woman isn’t ugly as a mud fence… And wasn’t so far out of production that I’ll never find one… This is one of them, a Playboy cover edition, March 1988.

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I’ll probably end up having a one off made with an image of my choice to get what I want.. we’ll see.

Categories: EDC, Fire, Grail Item, Just Plain Fun, Lighters, New Gear, Sexy, Zippo | Leave a comment

Plus one nib, 2.0!

My other new pen came in finally!

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Took almost 1 month even to get here, but it made it!

This one is really, really, really expensive… $4.50. And it took $2.50 for shipping. lol.

It’s a Jinhao 996. Just couldn’t pass up a tiger print pen! Its really solid, nice and hefty, if not all metal its close to it. Feels like an F nib, smooth writer so far. Came with a piston converter in it too! I have a sample of Monteverde Cherry Danish in it to start.

Would Not feed from filling the converter separately, even after forcing ink all the way up through the feed… Un filled and filled with converter in the pen, through the nib/feed, and then its perfect, no issues at all.

I hate filling that way, tends to get too wet on the feed and you always end up dipping the grip section and getting messy. Hopefully now that its primed itll flow/fill the other way from now on.

My only slight complaint is that the cap doesn’t post very securely on the back of the pen. I have to press it on then twist s little for it to grip. Even then its not really secure, and takes verry little to come off. You cant shake it off, but any grip of the cap and it comes off.

It’ll be fine, it stays well enough for writting, but you can’t fidget with the pen much between sentences.

But anyway…

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And with the Prefounte.

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Categories: EDC, Fountain Pens, Ink, Just Plain Fun, New Gear, Pens, Traditional | 1 Comment

Plus one nib.

And the pen that holds it!
My first new fountain pen in years, a Platinum Prefounte in “night sea” dark blue.

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Came with a blue cartridge, but I got a piston converter with it (almost cost as much as the pen! Lol)

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0.5mm nib supposedly, which to me would be an ‘Fine’ nib, but it writes like an ‘Medium’. Which is a pleasant surprise for me, I like the broader line. Pen is smooth writting, and comfortable. Nice in the pocket, cap is very secure for just a snap on. Been carying it clipped to the cover on my leather field notes cover that I got recently.

Cap has a rubber boot in it, that seals around the nib and feed, they claim 1 year of laying capped with no ink loss. Hopefully I won’t let it lay thst long although unfortunately I have done so with some of my pens before. But I will leave it a while at some point, look forward to seeing if it doesn’t dry out.

Filled it with a new ink sample, a silver, Diamine Snow Storm. I like it! I see a bottle in my future.

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Ink and pen are a great combo so far for long slow writting, without the nib drying out. Took notes in church this last Sunday, and at times I had it uncapped for id say a good 5 to 7 minutes if not longer, without writting, and it didn’t dry up!

Carrying it with a very fitting notebook, the silver version of Field Notes group 11, with silver dot grid, and gilt edges.

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Categories: EDC, Field Notes, Fountain Pens, Ink, New Gear, Notebooks, Pens, Reviews | 1 Comment

A CEO @ Work.

CEO is definitely getting used at work. Its replaced the CRKT Minimalist as my work knife (minimalist was out anyway since my neck is screwy and any weight even that knife bugs it).

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Been cutting sheetrock, spray foam (even when wet, thus the hard residue on the clip that will probably be there forever), vapor barier, fiberglass insulation. I use it as a poker, pointer, small chisel, and yes a super light duty pry tool..

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Thats expanding spray foam residue and black death** among other things.

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The tip 3/4″ or so needs sharpened now probably from scorring sheetrock, the rest is still laser sharp.

I think that’s why its getting so much use, its one handed and easy, and fast! But unlike most any other modern folder it is a thin narrow laser blade.

I’m realizing that thin narrow laser blades are a good sized factor, I think so anyway, in my use of trad. folders. And general distaste for modern knives. Just didnt really know it cause I’d never had that kind of blade in a modern folder till now.

Closet I’ve ever had before this was my Ontario RAT, it was thin light and sharp, but still a relatively wide blade. It got this kind of use working for a while, but then I got away from locking one hand knives again.

My Kershaw Cryos’ always go this kind of rough use, and by no means were they a sharpened crow bar, but they were compared to this!

Anyway, I find it interesting and surprising how much im using this thing.

On the flip side too, because I haven’t worried, ok maybe once, when i knew I was being stupid, about breaking this blade…

(**curtainwall/ acoustical, amd vapor barier sealant… has that nickname because it NEVER sets up/ stops being sticky, and is a bitch to get off of anything.. like your hands. Acetone will take it off easy… gasoline would too. But they’re not real good for the hands ;) I actually found that you can scrub small spots off your hands with sanitizer gel and a paper towel… but it takes a Lot of sanitizer to do it… ). I’m actually not sure thoygh why it has that rep, and spray expanding foam doesn’t. Black death is 10x easier to get off than the residue from that foam is!! I know. I’ve managed to get both all over me a few times on this job.. lol.

I got the specks of foam inside the lock bar on the knife once… grabbed a towel and pick and got that out FAST or this thing would never close again without a solvent bath (and I’m not sure even acetone will take that off!). And im not looking forward to evervtaking this knife apart… I’ll never get the perfect action back I’m sure! )

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Snack knife to Hunting knife.

Little post a few days ago mentioned getting this knife back into my travel kit.
Good thing I did!
Its actually not been in the truck, but in my lunch/snack box. One day a little while ago, transfering gear to a friends truck to go shooting(target) I grabbed the snack box for a light lunch.

That meant that later I had a sharp single blade thats easier to clean than the twin blade I was pocket carying, when an impromptu bunny hunt came up..

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Little fur ball kept getting curious about the sound or something and running out into the range (gravel pit) we were using.

He knew I’ve been wanting to rabbit hunt a while, so my buddy said go for it if I wanted. 3rd appearance of the critter, 2nd active stalk I managed to connect before he completely disappeared again.

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Great knife for the task, thin point was easy to control, handle comfortable, good reach, and laser sharp.

Guy that was with me gave a couple ideas and left me to it, so I just basically taught myself to clean/skin a rabbit. He said I did great especially when he found out I’d never cleaned anything but fish before!

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Was too hot and tired that night to do the grilling we’d planned, but roast bunny is on the menu soon. Will take pics!

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Case Knives, Cowboy, EDC, EDC/MT use, Field gear, Food, GetOutdoors, Good Friends, Good Times, Hunting, knives, Outdoors, Pocket knives, Preparedness, Summertime, Traditional, Truck EDC, Truck gear, Wildlife

Bent?

Must have caught my knife clip on something…

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Less than a minute with the Spirit fixed it.

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Tough clip though, was putting a lot of twist on the Spirit jaws to do it! Light build of the knife, I was a little worried about bending the frame/liner. But it worked fine.

Categories: Construction, Damages, EDC, EDC/MT use, knives, MacGyver, Multitools, Remodeling, Repairs, Work Tools, Work/Job

About that Muskrat.

Yeah, backup blades of the same type aren’t my thing. I’m more for multiple blades in different styles, for different tasks.
I can see how it would be, as these were originally meant as a skinning blade. Use it till dull, swap blades and keep going without having to change your way of doing things to compensate for a different blade. But I don’t do that kind of repetitive work that warrants a direct replacement blade.
So, yeah.

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Ended up with a nice lambsfoot profile. And just about the same length of edge as is on the sheepsfoot in the stockman.

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Usually I do the back or pile side blade for this, but the curve of the frame leaves more access to the nail nick on the front/mark side blade, than if does the other. So I did the front. The main blade used will be the straight edge anyway… Might as well make it the mark side blade, usually considered the “main” blade side.

Slight swedging and blend of spine edges.

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Might touch the “peak” on the spine a bit to straighten the overall look of the blade. Then again I might forget. It doesn’t really need it.

Categories: Case Knives, Cowboy, Customized, EDC, Field gear, Grail Item, knives, Life-Philosophy, Modifications, Pocket knives, Re-purpose, Theory/Thoughts, tool mods, Traditional

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