knives

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. 

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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!

Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, knives

This week, April to May 2017 transition, EDC, and Alaska outdoors.

(No, I haven’t taken up snus. Needed a tin for my gum, got tired of the cardboard packages getting mangled, crushed, wet, etc. These tins are durable and have a rubber seal; water tight.)
Alaska state bird is out in full force;

Went boondocking, checking out some river roads one day, grabbed my 380 for just in case… Should have had something bigger since it’s late enough I know the bears are out, but this was handy. Thankful I had it on hand when I had an… let’s say odd, encounter with a two legged animal… Not threatening or dangerous, but, disconcerting, and.. odd. The gun was reassuring. 

Yes Very few of these EDC pics are different,  or not much different… If it works, it works, and I don’t change it often.

Mr. Peter Cottontail, showing a start to his summer clothes.

Bloody Big moose track on a sand bar

Along the Middle Fork of the Chena. 

And along the North Fork (also the Chena)

Look close, you’ll see three swans in this slough;

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Daily-cary-log, EDC, Guns, knives, Outdoors, Spring, weather and seasons, Wildlife, Winter

What’s missing here?

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What’s missing? 

Other than the fact that I broke my run of old school/traditional, with the pocket watch/match safe/small jack. ( that lasted about 2.5 weeks!) 


In changing knives, I left the house without one (gasp!) Intending to grab my Vic apprentice from where it’s been living in my ATV glove box.

3 or 4 hours later, when the ATV came up in conversation, I realized I’d forgoten to get the knife before leaving the property… 

(Bigger gasp! ;) ) 

Thankfully, and amazingly with the various things I helped a friend with, I never needed a blade all day! 

(Ok, technically there is a blade on the Spirit, a veritable laser… I just never use it, and rarely remember that it’s there. I did remember it when I realized I was knifeless, but if I’d needed to cut, I probably wouldn’t have remembered it! Lol) 

So this little beauty got carried for all of maybe 10 minutes after I got home.. ha!

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Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, EDC/MT use, knives

Case 6318; a steal!

 

Been wanting a Case stockman this size for a while. (3-5/8″ closed)  This one is new to me, bug not “new”(will run date code later, for exact year). TrueSharp stainless, and I believe amber(?) bone. 

True color is about half way between the front and back side pics for tone and brightness.. Looks like it’s been dropped to a hard surface, cracked good, but no pieces loose.  

Blades are also shiny inside the frame, or behind other blades, but satin or etched somehow where exposed.(??!?) Weird!  

Sheepsfoot is sharp, spey sorta sharp, main blade is duller than dish water. 😉 

Overall not bad for $20! I’ll give the bone a stabilizing treatment, clean it, sharpen it, and carry it!





Categories: EDC, knives, New Gear, Pocket knives

April 2017 EDC Challenge 

Still basically the same. 


Still the same on purpose actually. Wanted to carry the same basic setup as long as possible,  a bit of a test, since anymore I change knife daily, or every other day. 

I also wanted to see how long I could go with the pocket watch, no wrist watch. That’s actually been great, since I am OCD about time, knowing what it is at all times… First few days drove me batty!

Now though, with the watch not there at a glance, it taking more effort to get to it, I’m not looking at it much.  I’m more relaxed because I’m not constantly checking for on time/enough time/out of time/how long it’s taking, etc.. 

Plus matches instead of a lighter,  it was the old school/vintage carry that to me fit the jack knife when I got it. Just wanted to see if I could go for a while with the older items.. 

Two weeks so far, to yesterday. 🙂

Today will get a slight change. Details after I get my mail 😀

Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, knives, old tools, Pocket knives, Theory/Thoughts

Case 22087 Medium Jack Knife. 

Just this last week I won this one in a giveaway on the traditional knives sub forum at bladeforums.com 

It’s Case’s  standard True Sharp stainless steel  (basically 420HC) and black Delrin.  2 blades, clip and pen secondary, 3-3/8″ closed length.  Just your standard, basic, old fashioned,  “jack knife”.  It’s done in a high polish frame, with their “As ground” satin blade finish. 

(As a side note, I wasn’t sure of that blade finish when I first got one, but this is my 3rd with it, and I really do like it. I actually think I might now prefer it to the high polish blades. )
It’s interesting, I’d really liked the look of the blue bone Ford branded version they’re doing of this knife, but skipped on it several times thinking it’d be too short for my preferences. (And at that a bit spend at $55 to $60 for a knife smaller than I’d really like) 

But it’s really nice actually, the frame is comfortable and does offer a really good grip. 

Also interesting,  is that I’d never really liked a the standard jack knife pattern before. Never really did anything for me, and I actually already have 3 or 4 of them.  

But this one stood out even before I had it, since I did want it when I opted into the GAW (GiveAWay).   



Theres just something about this little black beauty I guess!

Been in my pockets since last Friday. 

Categories: EDC, knives, New Gear, Pocket knives, Theory/Thoughts

The saga might be ending.

My regular readers, those who have been reading for a while now, will remember my progression of preferences on pocket knives. And my search, in futility, for one with such features.  

Those features being; traditional in look and materials, slip joint in function, 3.5″ to 3.75″ in length closed, two blades opening from opposite ends, one a full frame length clip blade, the other a 1/3 to 1/2 frame length sheepsfoot. USA made preferably.

Unfortunately something that hasn’t ever been made in spades, and not at all,  in approx. the last 40 years, if not longer. Except one special limited factory order, the 2015 Blade forums traditional forum knife of the year… 

Expensive at the time,  and (unfortunately predating my preferences by 3 or 4 months) like getting adamantium hens teeth now.. (Canal Street Cutlery, the maker has since gone out of business,  making a limited rare knife even more collectible).

A long time ago, October-ish in 2015, I decided to just get as close as possible, and re-grind one blade to a sheep’s foot. 

That means picking the right sized knife, with a modifiable blade. Not as easy as it sounds! 

At that time I got a Case humpback half whittler, 3.625″, clip and long spear blade. Perfect. 

Problem is, I really got to like that long spear blade,  and after a few days couldn’t bring myself to grind the end off!

For several months that knife was almost all I used. 

But I still miss the straight edged sheepsfoot at times. 

This set of specs came about a lot from the knife I carried for most of 2015, a 3.25″ Queen stockman, the EDCForums special forum knife. The sheepsfoot and clip blades were great, the spey blade rarely being used. And the handle being just a bit too short at times. Thus the specs.  (Wanting blade pivots at oposite ends is mainly for asthetics, simply how I like a multi blade knife built. Also it seems that of knives with that arrangement, a lot seem to have the blades set lower in the frame-more comfortable to grip in use).

That led me back to carrying and using a few different stockmans for a while in mid to late 2016.  A 47 frame Case at 3.875″, great to grip, a touch big in the pocket. 

Then I found that the Case Muskrat- two identical clip blades at opposite ends- is made on the 47 frame. And the clip blades being arranges perfectly to convert eithet to a sheepsfoot (long straight edge, and the nail notch back far enough to not be removed with the tip). Even better than the humpbacks spear blade was. 

I decided the extra 1/8″ to 1/4″ in the pocket wasn’t that big of a deal, since the 47 stockman all but disappeared in carry.

So, in November of 2016, I got a nice Navy blue bone stainless bladed Muskrat. 

And yet again, like the humpback before it, found I like it in stock form. Heh. 

Although, not as much; This one I only carried about a month. While not what I wanted to carry a lot, I liked it enough to not want to grind into it.

And around we go again. Back to stockmans.

 A Schrade 8OT, 1/8″ shorter than the 47 frame, almost perfect. 

But still, as with the Case before, one more un-needed blade, the spey. 

I did find a production knife that almost fits the bill about a month ago. Some Buck brand improved Muskrats(the model 372) have a half frame length sheep’s foot in them as a second blade. Almost Perfect at 3.875″. 

(Side note; An “Improved”, or sometimes called “Hawbaker” Muskrat is a the same frame, a serpentine rounded bolster stockman frame, with one clip blade and a full length wharncliffe blade instead of a series on clip blade.) 

And not all of the 372s are what I’d want… seems a few snuck through with a mid length sheepsfoot or short wharncliffe blade. Most of them have a full frame wharncliffe in them. 

The catch? (You knew there was one, right?) They’re made in China imports. 

Now, I do have a lot of modern locking knives that are made in China,  and it never bothers me. 

Heck, some of the best built traditional folders I’ve had are Rough Riders, a Chinese import brand. 

I’m far from being a patriot in a lot of ways, and generally don’t give a damn where anything is made… In fact, in a lot of things I refuse to pay for things made in the USA, because all you get is 3 times the cost for 1/2 the quality of the import, and USA stamped on it. No thanks. 

But lately I’ve had a hesitation when it comes to imports in traditional folders. No idea why, just a feeling. I’ve even had a reservation about European imports lately. Again, no idea why. 

Im sure ill end up eith one eventually, but for now, the Buck is out. 

I also re-discovred the Case mini Muskrat, the same as the regular, but on a 3.625″ frame. 

And discontinued,  hard to find, and a bit spendy. 

[(I should add in here what some will mention; the Victorinox Swiss Army knife, the Apprentice model in Alox(aluminum ) scales. It’s a slim sturdy 3.5″ frame, a short sheep’s foot blade pivoted opposite a London spear point blade. The nicest imported knives yoy will ever get, and quite possibly the best production steel in use… I actually have an Apprentice, along with several others from the Alox line. 

Two minus points; the spear blade, although it’s probably close enough, only losing a touch of fine tip from my preferred clip blades. But mainly the Alox scales. They work great, and look great. But they’re still not jigger bone and bolsters, my preference. )]

And around we go again. Back to the stockman. Again. Recently, a Schrade 34OT, a bit short at 3.375″, but serviceable. 

But still, as with the Case, the 8OT, and back to the Queen before them, one more un-needed, usually un-used blade, the spey. 

ALL of this brings us to this week, where I was looking at getting a Case medium stockman, or another 34OT, basically a medium stock knife, and taking it apart, rearranging the blades, removing one, and reassembling it.

 A LOT of work, to get what I want. 

Then I realized I’ve not carried the Muskrat for a couple months. 

Hmm.

Less work, and I’d know for sure how I like the blade setup,  even if the frame is longer than I(think I) want. And I don’t have to spend a dang thing (funds being short right now). 

So, it spent about 5 minutes in the shop with me. Notched the edge and spine deep on the sander, scored the faces with a deep line both sides, and snapped it off in the vice. 

Ground spine to profile at the sander, smoothed it at the steel wire wheel, and hit it with the buffer. Simple. 

Now we shall see how much I really do(or don’t) like the arrangement I’ve wanted for so long. 

Before;

And after;

How it compares to the 47 stockman blade;

I ended with a finer tip than intended, more a wharncliffe than a sheepsfoot. I’ll see how it works,  might blunted it up later. 

Categories: Adventure Metal Works, Custom, EDC, Fabrication, knives, Modifications, New Gear, Pocket knives, SAKs, Theory/Thoughts, tool mods

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