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Most carried knife of 2017

Post idea came from one on Blade forums recently.  Interesting thoyght, I’ve never tried tracking what I carried or used the most in a whole year. 

Went back through pocket dumps, and knife pic posts from the last year.  

Thankfully I didn’t do a LOT of individual posts this year, and already had them in monthly posts! Took long enough as it was! 😉 

Counted these the most. No I don’t have actual numbers… I’m not that dedicated. 🙂

Also have no idea what most Used knife is, since carry and use different from day to day, week to week, job to job, etc. 


The Case red bone 6344 large stockman, and the Case Carhartt Peanut are Honerable mentions; The peanut the most carried of the three I have, and carried by itself quite a lot.  The stockman while not in a lot of the photos, is the knife I remember the 2nd most from this year! 

Next up, these two tie for 3rd place, the vintage Schrade stockman being carried a lot early and mid in the year, the Case medium stockman mid and late. 

Now, onto 2nd and 1st places. 


These two were also close in their appearances,  2nd going to the blue bone Case Modified Muskrat.  
But without a doubt, my most carried knife for 2017 was this Case black delrin small jack knife, that I got in a giveaway on Bladeforums in the spring. 

I do remember carrying and using this one a LOT too. It’s definitely become a favorite. 


For 2018, I’m going to try for a more accurate/official record of carry, see if we can have actual numbers of days at the end of the year. (IF I can find an easy way to track it!)

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EDC mid Nov. ’17 to late Dec. ’17

Last big monthly pocket dump update for 2017. Oldest to newest;


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Three knives, and some hot plastic.

Been sorta sick, no energy at all since Tuesday. Doing nothing was about to drive me nuts. Figured what the heck I’d head to the shop and try something that’s been on my mind all week. 


Finally got around to doing a sheath for that Vic paring knife. Made at an angle, for neck carry, left hand draw. As seen as if wearing;

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The back;

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Not perfect, the tension could use adjusted a little, it’s super tight to draw. But snaps home good, and ain’t going anywhere. Will see how it does in actual carry before I try to loosen it up any.

Also, an idea I had while sitting around killing time this week, with two items that were on the table at the time.

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My second JW Knives Bandicoot 2.5 and a cool little file karidashi made by a friend being about the same size seemed like they’d make a nice minimalistic carry paired together. Started out with opposing angles for individual grips for draw, but having to add a tension screw ruined that; ran out of room.

Had to re-heat and repress this sucker about 5 or 6 times to get it to work. Lol.

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It is 3 layers of kydex, and I’m glad it was the thin stuff, the eyelets I have were almost too short as it was!

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I’d planned it with the three, but tried it with just two outer layers once I had them formed, when I started with two different opposite angles for thetools… It Almost had enough support and tension to leave out the center layer, but not quite.

Tension isn’t perfect, you have to finagle aroundwith the Bandicoot to get it back in right, but itholds and works. 

As a side note, since I had it close by for all evening in the shop, that ‘dashi got used as kydex deburing and scrapping tool for all holes, melted foam(whoops), etc. Great little scraping edge!

And one more. Found this knife in the house a few days ago, was one my Dad had. IIRC he got it at a yard sale a neighbor had about a decade ago, because of the ship scrimshaw(dad loved the big sailing ships) never really used it for anything. 


Not my preferred style of knife except the wicked trailing point clip blade.. Never have seen much practical use for thus style/grip. Then again, it’s pretty comfortable, and damned sharp, figured why not? I’ll try it for a edc utility knife, and maybe put it in my hunting gear to try ad a skinner… What have I got to lose? 🙂

Doubt it’ll be any super knife, it’s a Frost Cutlery, and marked “surgical steel japan”, meaning probably 440A… or 440B.. but like I said, it was sharp, and I got an even more wicked edge on it now, can’t hurt to use it. 

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I remember it having a cheap sheath but couldn’t find it. So… it got added to the docket for kydex work tonight. 

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Will make a backing piece from leather later, planning on a simple belt loop for horizontal carry. 

This one took about 4 pressings too. And a second back piece; pressing both to fit the blade didn’t work out. 

I no longer Hate working with kydex, and it’sgetting easier… Sort of… But I won’t say I’m too fond of it either. 😉

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New ice tent fix & first ice fishing of 2017

Last summer a buddy of mines neighbor gave him an ice fishing tent… Brand new, in box. The guy had got it as a gift or something, and didn’t need two.. something like that IIRC. But unfortunately the guy was a little drunk when he was giving it away, and insisted on showing my friend how to set it up. 


Uhuh. Broke two poles in the process. And I’m really not sure how… These tents are so simple and idiot proof.. well, I guess not drunk proof.. lol. 

These things operate on a simple tension system, a X of poles, anchored at the outer corners of each wall, and the roof, a pivoting hub in the center attached to the wall. The X is a few inches bigger than the dimensions of the wall, so when you snap it out rigid it bows the wall out against the pressure, and it pops into place and stays under the tension. Super slick and easy. 

He managed to snap off two of the poles from one hub, snapped right at the end, flush with the metal pivot ends that fit in the hub. 

My buddy doesn’t ice fish(yeah, a weirdo, I know…), so he gave me the tent.  I just got around to going and getting it from him a week ago yesterday. 

New poles I found are $10 each plus shipping. They’re 49.5″ long, I hate to think what shipping to AK was going to be. But I figured there had to be an easy fix. 

My buddy thought PVC pipe over the breaks. I can’t remember seeing PVC that small. (3/8″ ID for the pole, 1/2″ ID for the end fitting.)

And I was hoping to not buy anything 😉  

I took it apart and took the end pieces out, headed to the shop. 

I had a plan, would just make a sleeve to join them, set screws to hold them in, long over the pole side for support against it torquing out, or snapping again. 

Didn’t have any aluminum big enough dia, that wasn’t 2″ Dia, so I used a scrap of bead stock brass. Ended up 5″ each sleeve, bored through at 0.375″ and counter bored on one end at 0.5″. Cross drilled, and tapped 6-32 for some brass screws I had. Cross drilled through the end fittings (aluminium), and ran the screws through instead of just against them. 

When you break a fiberglass rod, as you know if you have ever broken a ski pole or tent pole, it “blooms” on the end, sort of a spreading, or swelling to larger dia.

That made it perfect, I fed the fittings over from the opposite end, and it formed a press fit over the expanded area, I had to drive them on, down to the right length to end at 49.5″. Perfect! 

First assembly I had the end of the sleeve too close to the cross pin the ends pivot on in the hub, it wouldn’t fold. Went back and trimmedthem down a touch, now they’re fine. 

Sorry, only took pics after it was back together… In place, and in use;

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That was a week ago today. I’d been needling another buddy about going fishing some time soon on that Sunday. Day after I fixed this he sent me a message, lake name and date.  😀 This last Saturday. 

So, we’ll before first light we loaded up andheaded out;

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Two hour drive to the lake, short hike across the lake, we’re set up just after dawn. 3.5 hours of fun later; (yeah, so much fun I never stopped to take pics!)

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Little silver salmon. (Stocked lake). We had hoped on some big lake trout or pike that are usually easy in this lake, but they weren’t biting. I ain’t complaining! It was still great!

I came home 1 short of the daily limit! I’d caught 6, but put 1 back. Another guy caught 5 or 6 he kept. The other guy got 4 that he kept, but has a freezer full of salmon, so he let me have them. Had lots more bites we missed, and some that got off half way up etc.. Good times! 

We didn’t freeze either, and actually fished comfortably outside the tent, only setting it up with the buddy heater to wam up once. 5F with a 5 to 10 mph wind. Dreamy weather for a first trip of the season. (Always a bitch to acclimate yourself to the ice, wind, andfishing at -20F for the first trip out! 😉 )

I gotta say that little Victorianox paring knife is THE sweetest fish cleaning knife I’ve ever had. Thin narrow Wicked laser sharp blade, and a great grippy handle. Love it!

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EDC mid October to mid November 2017

Pocket dumps and knife pocs taken in the last month. Oldest to newest… 

Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, Hanks, knives

New utility knife. 

Been having the idea lately,  related to having a couple Mora knives around, “just how much knife do I need?”

As in, I carry some pretty fancy traditional folders… but a blade is a blade.  In the past I’ve carried a folding razor knife for years, and been pretty happy. Did find that I prefer a longer edge though than that, generally.

Larely I’m also like the idea of carrying a fixed blade, right now opening a folder in the cold/snow/gloves is being annoying.

But the low cost Mora is too big for easy carry. So I want a Mora, only smaller…

I thought I’d see what I could find fixed, small, low cost, just your general disposable who cares type knife.

First thought was a small steak or boning knife from Old Hickory. They’re great steel, a popular knife to modify for woods use.

Saw on a forum, a guy(in an amazing blast from the past, I knew this guy on another long dead forum about a decade ago!) using a Victorinox boning/butcher knife (sometimes called/sold as a “rabbit knife” ) as a small field knife.  Small, low cost but Vics great steel. Nifty!

(Guys name is Spork, now on BCUSA, his pic, stolen by me.)

 But it being a little bigger than what I’d like for a general use knife, I suddenly remembered some small Vic steak and paring knives we had when I was a kid. They were a great cutter, always wicked sharp, but small and light.

Turns out I’m not the first to think of them for out of the kitchen use. Someone had beat me too it in a way, they’re popular in some circles as cheap disposable self defense knives. 

I find a knife(any knife) for self defense, quite honestly a stupid idea, but this helped because it shows these in nice sheaths! Kydex sheaths! More on that in a second..

For $5(inc. Shipping!) I can’t go wrong!

Amazingly a Victorinox paring knife costs less than an Old Hickory paring knife!

I can buy a kydex sheath for these things for from $20 to $35…  For a $5 knife. I don’t think so Tim! ;)

These are stolen from various places on the net… I’d give credit but can’t really remember where.( Kydex sheath for victorinox paring knife can be Googled, and should show where… that’s how I found them. )




I REALLY hate pressing kydex, but for $10 max in materials I already have, I’ll do it for this. ;)  

So, semi modular neck sheath will be seen here soon. :) Meant to do that in the shop last night but got side tracked.

And yeah honestly this won’t change what folders or anything else I carry or use… I like them, and that’s reason enough to use them. :) 

 But the thought concept/experiment of “all I need is sharp steel, not fancy steel” is fun to play around with every now and then. :)   that’s how I got my first Mora years ago.

And I had previously been wanting a small light field fixed blade anyway, so I might be finding it. We shall see!

 This really does seem great so far for a general utility blade,  both EDC and woods.

3.25″ blade, 4″ish handle.  Honestly still a little bigger than I had in mind. Seems they’ve changed in the last 20 years, little  bigger than they used to be, maybe 10% or 15%?

 

With Spirit for scale;

Will see how it goes, I can always re-grind the blade, and trim the handle.

Blade is thiiiiiinnnnnnnn. 

I thought it needed a fob. :)

Had this chunk of shimmery green acrylic pen blank in the shop, had previously made a bead from it, seemed fitting, so I made it one.

And no, none of it is zombie green…I HATE that fad!   I just get tired of the cliche neon orange or red for outdoor visibility. Went with green for bright but Different. 😀  

Categories: Custom, EDC, knives, Modifications, New Gear, Outdoors, Theory/Thoughts, Winter, Woods tools

Schrade Dogleg Trapper

Mail call yesterday,  a surprise gift from a friend! Great old Schrade USA dogleg trapper in really good shape! Little rust on the blades,  but nothing broke or excessively worn, someone took good care of this one for a while. 

 I’m usually not a trapper fan, but this one is nice, it’s only 3-7/8″, 1/4″ shorter than the norm, and has a much more pronounced curve in the frame shape– I like it! 

Will give it a spa treatment today, and drop it into cary rotation. 

Categories: EDC, knives, New Gear, old tools, Pocket knives, Sentimental

6-2-17 EDC

Different knife than the last few days, otherwise the same… Tools have all been getting a heavy workout lately. 

First time I’ve carried this knife since I got it more than a month ago. I like it! It even got a workout splicing wires while hot wiring something on its first day!

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