New Summer Boots.

My Justin safety toe work boots got to be too hot and heavy for summer, especially with the heavier socks to pad the safety toe(why on earth the safetty toe edge can be felt as a hard 1/8″ step inside the boot is beyond me!! )

So I sprung for a pair of the 5″ Warthogs from Duluth Trading.
I have to be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed at first.

Felt cheap. Like, felt like $10 walmart shoes type cheap. Super light and stiff materials.

But I reminded myself that lighter build, and thinner material’s don’t automatically mean junk. The stitching itself looked good, and the leather does feel good, like real, nice leather.

Remembering that i wanted light and cool, I ignored first impression and wore them.

(Also reminded myself that my $10 Walmart shoes actually hold up really well to hard work wear, regardless of how cheap they feel!)

The insoles sucked. Super hard, less than 1/4″ thick, like stiff styrofoam, no cushion at all… not sure what is up in their thinking there. So I stuck in a set of aftermarket SoftSole(I think) thin memory foam instead.

Anyway, after 2 days in the boots, I loved them! They are light and easy to wear. There was like 1 day of break in on the leather, and 3 days to loosen the outsoles a little..

Super comfortable, they wear like an old favorite sneaker, but are durable like a boot.

Good traction. Only a little mud so far, but they grip it. Its a softer rubber not like concrete so I have high hopes for wet concrete/rocks/light ice this fall.
They are waterproof like advertised. In the rain, wet grass, puddles etc. Haven’t stood in more than 2″ of water for more than a couple minutes yet, but I’m sure they’d take it ok.

Going on about a month and a half now of all day every day wear. I spend a lot of time on my knees sitting on my feet, they’re flexible and don’t gouge me. They haven’t got a frey or tear, no noticeable wear from it.

Underfoot support is good. Could be better but they make up for it in flexibility. Lots of time crouching/squatting is hard on your feet, and these leave me with very little aching. The same as or better than the $250 Justins!

Side to side ankle support is almost nill at 5″ and soft leather… but I prefer the range of motion anyway.

At first I thought $60 was too much. Now I’m sure I’d pay the full $130 regular price for another pair. If they come back in stock, I will!

Like I said, they were on clearance. I took a couple weeks to make sure they’d work out, and missed getting a pair for when these wear out; the way I wear boots into the ground, and as durable as these are so far, a spare pair could mean a decade covered for summer boots…


Thinking about getting a pair of their slip on boots… styled like the popular Aussie boot, with the elastic only at the sides/top.

But I have a hard time laceing and tieing boots comfortably every day… The perfect tension is hard to get, and important to keep my feet from hurting a lot from the start… No control with elastic so I’m not sure about that yet.

Categories: Alaska-Life, Boots, Clothes, Field gear, New Gear, New Work Tools, Outdoors, Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New At Work Pocket Tools.

New for the work carry this summer.

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I LOVE my slim compact Kobalt screwdrivers. Takes 1 bit, holds 3 in the handle. Slim and light.
But also deathly slow, and a bit fiddly with gloves on, to change bits.
Broke down and got a cheap 6 in 1. (4 drivers, 2 nut drivers… the later of which I will rarely if ever use) Cheapest, lightest one they had. Its bulky, but actually not too heavy. Stanley, like $3.
Dont like the special double ended bits, cant just use any old 1.5″ 1/4″ drive bit. And No R2 bit.
Will see how long it lasts. If I can do ok on the bits, I might take the handle to the bandsaw and slim it down.

;)

Anyone know where I can get the fancy double ended 5/16″ hex bit it takes, or the 1/4″, in a R2/P2, or R2/1/4″ flat even, let me know.
The cutters were the cheapest also, but are good and solid. Didn’t feel like paying $22 for Chanellock. This was $10.
The ones I have are great for my auto wiring/electronic projects, and are pretty heavy duty, even good for average home wiring. But for construction site use where you cut romex, and things other than wire, I needed a set with the shorter jaw/high torque pivot location. Thankfully not much bigger than the others, and about the same weight
The old and new

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I got gloves again too. Been wearing deerskin learher of the same brand last season, and so far this one… But we’re doing vapor barrier now, and black death is impossible to remove from leather gloves, worse than it is from your hands. And those leather suckers are $22 a pair. (Yes, I won’t buy side cutters that’ll last a decade for $22, but I will pay that for gloves that last about 7 months. Yes, I know I’m odd. ) these are almost as comfortable after a day or two, and probably almost as durable. I just cry less when theyre ruined.

(for those that don’t know, black death is the slang term for a non hardening, non setting, forever sticky acoustical and vapor barier sealant and adheasive. It never dries or sets, and is tacky like tar. Its impossible to get off you once you get it on you. Gasoline or paint thinner will eat it. In my experience even then its hard to get off. )

Also grabbed one of these little guys. Figured why not, @ $0.97

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So, its interesting. The big yellow Stanley takes a 1/4″ bit on one end only, on the other it is 5/16″.

In this little Stanley, the bits are Smaller than 1/4″. BUT it looks like the tool is molded at the ends to take 1/4″ bits. Except it doesnt quote fit a [img] g4″ bit. The smaller bits are gripped further into the handle though. Strange.

Categories: Construction, EDC, New Gear, New Work Tools, Remodeling, Work Tools, Work/Job | Leave a comment

Dressy? Black? Orange? Fancy? Expensive? YES!

Got a new watch a couple months ago. Another Citizen Eco-drive. (Thats 3 in the stable so far!)

I had been wanting to splurge after my first check @ the new job. And get a new knife. I hadn’t done that for ages, and there was something I’d been looking at for a few months.

Buf I just couldn’t do it. I gave a lot of knives and another is hard to justify (not just in $ cost) unless im 100% sure of it. I couldn’t get past a 60% “yeah… but…” on that one. More on that in a future post though.

So anyway, I then went through bookmarks, and my Ebay watch list from the then previous few weeks, for anything else I Really wanted. Settled on a watch I’d seen.

I refuse to have batteries in watches, or at least ones that need changing, so I tend to browse through the current Citizen Eco-Drive solar models from time to time. I have two, my Chrony, and a Divers model that a friend gave me before he passed away. They’re solid, reliable and bombproof (literally. That Dive watch survived an incident with some poorly fused C4 once!)

I Hadn’t actually bought a wrist watch since 2012 or 13(a fancy Timex expedition with compass, that I could never make work right). And hadn’t gotten one at all since the the Seiko 5 another good friend gave me, around the same time…

What I’d found was a dealer offering factory refurbished watches. Not necessarily used, but ones that had needed going over. Figure New Old Stock (NOS) thay hadnr sold in a retail setying. Damn good prices!

Unfortunately what I’d liked was now sold out. So I then spent 2 days going through models and re-picking… Man, that was hard! I’ve got a short list of about 6 that I want now! Lol

I ended up really wanting to get the first one I saw, so shopping around other dealers, I found one not refurbished, but actually new, for a decent price.

Here’s the thing. They do this watch in two models, same watch, on different bands. The one I’d picked was on brown leather. The other is on a metal link/deployant style.
I’d liked the one on metal, but wrote it off initally as a bit too spendy. But the best price I could find on the New leather model, was now $5 from the refurbished metal banded one.

So yeah, I went for the metal banded one, since leather is cheaper/easier to fit aftermarket if if turns out I don’t want the metal. And the metal band model was still well below retail, or other going prices online.

I hate to brag on cost, but I’d just bought a $300 retail watch that goes for around $150 average new online, for $85 shipped. The first leather band model was $56, when the refurbished one was available… So I did spend more than initially planned, but it was still a fantastic deal, and a better option on bands in the long run.
Anyway, yes I know, shut up AK and show us the damn watch. 😉

And in case you wonder where one wears a watch this shiny and fancy… I wear it everywhere and anywhere!

Thus shown by the spray expanding foam residue i got on it at work a couple weeks ago (couple months it might wear off). 😀

Categories: Citizen, EDC, Field gear, New Gear, Spring, Traditional, Watches | 1 Comment

New knife! ( Schmachtenberg Bros. Germany)

New knife!

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Well, new to me… this knife hasn’t been new for a few years.

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Just look at the character in that bone!

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Medium sleeve board pattern, two blades, oppsing on a single spring, kind of a half whittler or large pen knife. The small pen blade is mostly intact, used and sharpened(and is sharp! Both bladed are.).

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The main blade is snapped off. And either it was snapped early in its life snd not used much after, or this knife never was used much… Whats left of the main blade is almost full height or close to it.
Knives of this age tend to be sharpened to 1/4 of their original blade profiles even if broke off.
Its rusty and grimy inside, I cleaned lint and some dried plant fibers out of it.. Been laying somewhere a while.
But the action is good, its not rusted up, just dry. Walks and talks.
Interestingly, the first 2 blade knife I’ve ever seen with a half stop on one blade but not the other. Pen has it, main doesn’t.

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It actually. might not habe been new for 133 years. Or maybe just 81 years. Schmachtenberg Bros. Germany , 1887-1939.

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I need to re-look at it, clean the tangs. If it doesn’t actually say Germany on it, it could be into the earlier half of its age… From what little info I could gleam online.

Categories: knives, New Gear, old tools, Pocket knives, Traditional, Vintage | 1 Comment

USB upgrade thingy.

New little doodad.

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Old phone was micro USB.
Got a nifty 64GB thumb drive a few months ago, regular big USB for computer(or in my case, my tablet has a big USB port) on one end, micro on the other.

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Before that I had moved my archive of photos off of my phone, and tablet, to micro SD cards. Which are a pain to change, and go through if looking for something. Not to mention easy to lose. Unloaded 4 of those onto half the little drive.

Anyway. The new phone is USB C.

The new doodad is female microUSB to male USB C.

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Works great, new phone likes the drive with no transfer issues.

Got two of them, gonna add one to my go-kit, either jacket or bag, in case I need to use an older cord with the phone.

Categories: Adapters, Cellular Accessories, Electronics/Media, New Gear, USB

Strange Case tang stamp. (mini copperlock)

Never realized this knife was like this, or if I did I didn’t realize how odd it is. My Mom’s mini copperlock that I got her about ~13 years ago. I borrowed it from her and carried it most of last week.

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Any of my other single bade Case knives have the brand/year stamp on one side of the blade, model # on the other (Multi blade knives put it on different blades.)

This is the only one I’ve ever seen with it all nested together on one side.

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Categories: Case Knives, EDC, knives, Lockbacks, Pocket knives, Sentimental, Traditional

A Sunday EDC, after 5 years.

Was looking through some old pics of mine, and realized that May of 2015 and 2020 are identical for dates/day of week.

The 17th was a Sunday in both years.
So, Sunday carry Exactly 5 years apart;

’15;

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This would be one of my last pocket dumps with the flip phone, since within the month, and as I recall not long after my birthday, I went and got the Galaxy S5.

Also one of my last photos taken with a “real” camera, not a phone.

Looks like no watch since I think I had converted that pocket watch to a pill case by then, but maybe not. Nook as E-Bible.

No ring since that fall is when I made my moonglow and acrylic rings.

Didn’t start carrying hanks till the next year I think, or at least winter of 15/16.

IIRC I hadn’t started consistent Sunday CCW then.

Before I started color coordinating.

’20;

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This one is a bit odd, since this last year I had started a distinctively lighter/minimal carry for Sundays… Which this isn’t. Its kinda 1/2 and half.

This sunday was the first church since Convid19/pandemic/shutdown. (Alaska is now on “reopen” orders, with gatherings, events etc allowed again.) I couldnt find my go to church bible, so used my phone. Phone is now an S8 as of this month so these pics skip the S5 entirely, even though it lasted almost the entire 5 years.

No notebook or pen since I stopped them a couple months ago. Haven’t worn my dog tags for a while either since weekdays I have the neck knife.

Metal ring I made before or ironically in 2015(from an AK quarter), since I have recently broke the acrylics.

New watch, and a general blue theme which matched my wardrobe for the day, blue denim, T and Hawaii-ish/islands shirt.

Haven’t used the buffalo money clip for about a year, although I still have it. Got these light weight card case wallets especially for light church carry, and they became every day use.

Same style of knife, traditional. One a stockman, one a muskrat which is a stockman frame.

Same exact flashlight, and the multitool too!

Categories: Alaska-Life, Daily-cary-log, EDC, EDC/MT use, Flashlights, Good Times, Journal, Just Plain Fun, Life-Philosophy, Modifications, Pocket knives, Sentimental, Summertime, Theory/Thoughts

A fleece for spring.

*Note; This was supposed to post in mid March…

At Christmas a buddys kids got me a $25 gift card to Sportsmans Warehouse. Took till mid Feb for me to have time to go browse.

Would you tou believe I walked around for an hour and a half before I found anything I wanted enough to get for $25 off?
Must be slipping if the ole adventurer can’t find anything to get in an outdoors store! Lol
My buddy later joked that its because i already own everything… ha.
I finally settled on a new fleece jacket. Can NEVER have too many jackets. And arctic fleece is a gift from God. I have several vests, my winter work pants are lined in it, etc.
I even have one jacket in it that I got on a closeout at Cabelas a couple years ago. But its white/cream colored. Its warm, and fits great, but the color meant it got relegated to basically Sundays only wear. And I do wear it a LOT. It’s a dire emergency if I do any, let alone dirty and messy, work on a Sunday… Otherwise I knew it’d be stained up Fast.
The ones they had at Sportsmans are made by Columbia, and as I recall they came in a heathery khaki, and a deep grey. I went with the grey. Figured it could be lightly worked in, and wouldnt show the average, odd oil spot or dirt smudge once in a while, for a long time.
But all that aside, I ended up with it for two amazing reasons. It was on clearance, being marked down once from $65 to $35. Then again to $29. So with the gift card, I paid $4 for it!
The second, is that they actually had it in 3xl, and it fit me. Just a bit snug across the shoulders, and belly, but I figured I’m losing belly girth in spring anyway and the shoulders would stretch. (Both have happened! )
Now, I’ve never had anything from Columbia for two reasons. One, all I’d ever seen was really expensive. And two, it never came bigger than xl, maybe 2xl anyway.
Come to find out they do 3xl and 4xl, and also a line of Tall up to 3xl. Huh! Wish this one was the tall 3xl, its a touch short, but not bad, and that inproves as I lose more girth anyway.
Its been basically all I’ve worn since getting it, barring really cold days, or windy days I’ve grabbed something heavier. And Really messy work days, where I’ve avoided anything still “clean”.
The size offset from the Columbia 3xl to the 4xl of the Cabelas is actually fantastic, they nest and layer PERFECTLY. I actually did some pretty cold days (-20F) with that combo over a long sleeve shirt, or dress shirt and a T, and was almost too warm. Like I said, ya gotta love arctic fleece!

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