Carry gallery updates from the past couple months.
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.
Going through some things I had out to setup a keychain a fewcdays ago, and decided to finally fix this lanyard.
Got it in a passaround box a couple years ago as I recall. It’s a cool setup, a classic hangmans noose.
But I never really used it much ’cause its so long in the tail. Best it ever got was a few weeks on my bike keys, to pull them from the bottom of a pocket… but I didn’t like how long it hung when using the key..
Anyway, looking at it and a zipper pull I had with a glow in the dark end on it–also from a passaround box– that I’ve never used, and thought what the hell? (Why not?)
Loop from the zipper pull on top, new lanyard turned fob, and what I cut off on the bottom.
Sucker glows nice!
Honestly didn’t know what I’d do with it, but it had a much better chance of finding use now than before!
Fast forward to yesterday.
Recently when I got this little 1xaaa 5.11 Atac light from another passaround box, I had to find a way to add a fob for pocket retrieval.
With it, the same as another light I’ve had a while, it seemed the only option was to just hook the pocket clip through a split ring on the fob. It’s an easy pull from the pocket, and the pocket keeps it in place when cliped.
The problem is that in use, it slides down the clip, and can come off, and sometimes takes extra care to position it when clipping back to the pocket… A pain in the butt.
After a few variations I settled on this, the same setup but with a micro ring as a keeper through a hole in the clip, so the fobs ring can’t slide down.
Works perfect, and made me wish I could do that with the other light– but it has no holes in its clip.
Wait, I can fix that!
Drilled one hole dead center, and instead of the keeper ring, just put the fob ring throughit. The hole weakened the clip strength, so Ihad to bend it in a little maybe 1/8″, increase the pre load tension, works fine again now.
Great place for that shortened up fob/lanyard from above too.
That light is a single mode, 2xaaa from Bushnell, not super bright, but really handy, one of my favorites. As I recall I got it in a secret Santa here a couple years ago. Should be even handier now!