knives

Do I? Or Don’t I?

“What?” you ask?

Why, Bob the 2nd blade on my new mini Muskrat into a wharnie/sheepsfoot/lambs foot profile, of course!

With the big muskrat I did.

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With the blade I’d want in it if I could build one(no, can’t, I’m not that good).

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So the issues are I’ll either end up with a long pointy wharnie, or sheepsfoot, because the nail knicks are so far forward on these blades…

Unless I crop it into the knick (not ideal) or behind the knick… better but then I’d have to cut a new knick… something I suck at. Been there fraked that up before. Several times…

But I’d really like the shorter stiffer profile blade.

Then again there is the argument tp leave it alone altogether since right now i carry and use the CRKT minimalist all the time anyway. Thats the blade I’d gain by the mod.

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But what do I need two long clip points for, too?

Soooo….

any input?

Ideas?

Categories: Case Knives, Custom, Customized, EDC, knives, Modifications, No-pain-no-gain, Pocket knives, Theory/Thoughts

Summer/New Knife Thoughts.

An older thought line that didn’t het posted here. From mid May 2020.
Thinking about getting a new knife but unsure… this is the closest I currently have to the form factor of the possible new one… this is 4″closed, slim, single blade, slipjoint.

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The other is 4.125″ closed, slim, single blade, lockback.
Carried this today to see how I might like the other. Not encouraging that this knife rung all the bells in design and concept a couple years ago, but didn’t in application, and I rarely use it.
And rarely do I get along with a lockback.
I find myself strangely drawn to a Case tribal lock.

Late May 2020;
Not really needing nor using a regular folder these days.
At work, and honestly most times not, I carry and use the CRKT Folts Minimalist wharnie. It does 95% of my cutting.
Otherwise I’m carying my Kobalt folding utility knife for really dirty stuff, the disposable blades get that duty. And its use is rare, I’ve actually stopped carrying it every work day.
Then, I have been carrying, (but applicable never using) a traditional folder. Sometimes I might carve up cheese and sausage with it. But I do carry a dedicated knife for that in the truck(Case single blade slim 6148 trapper).
But, like I say, I’m drawn to the tribal lock right now.
Or a bone scaled sodbuster(another pattern that seems perfect but has never really clicked for me).
If i cary just the CRKT, that gets me a durable work blade, a utility straight edge, and i can not carry the Kobalt.
Then I can have a second personal knife on me, for cleaner tasks, and for the option of a curved blade style.
Except the tribal is hardly a curved edge, being that spear drop pount thing case maked that I find useless. Not straight enough, and not curved enough. Get the feeling I wouldn’t have it long with out re-profiling, and raising the tip.
Meh.

Categories: Case Knives, EDC, Funny, knives, Life-Philosophy, Pocket knives, Theory/Thoughts

Finally A Mini Muskrat!

So…I did manage a new knife last month. Something I’ve wanted for a while. They’re pretty rare among the brands that make traditionals, even in vintage models, and extremely rare in contemporary brands.

A mini muskrat. 3-5/8″ or thereabouts stockman frame with twin opposed clip blades.

Case made one until a few years ago. They’re kinda like finding hens teeth and when you do they’re gold plated teeth.

Took a while(couple years actually!) to find a good deal on one I liked.

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Supposedly a 2016 model, haven’t run the tang myself yet. Handle is butterscotch corelon. I’ve read that no pins in the scales on composite handles generally means a rehandle job, or a contract knife handled outside Case. For Corelon that tends to mean they were handled by Frost. It’s almost a flawless job, extremely good fit and finish, I’d never know Case didn’t do it.

I managed to score it brand new, unused, no box, for $35. :D

Used Mini Muskrats not in corelon(an expensive material, why I don’t know) tend to be a $70 to $100 proposal.

YES, It was a gift from God! No other way I’d ever get that it that price!

Categories: Case Knives, Cowboy, EDC, Grail Item, knives, New Gear, Pocket knives, Traditional

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

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

Holy Slip-It, Batman!

Anyone remember these things?

I don’t. Generally before my time I think. I’ve seen them for sale, once, a decade or so ago in the SMKW catalog. Had never seen them there before that, nor since. I’m told they wee common 30 to 40 years ago, or there abouts.

Huh? Oh, what is it, you say?

It’s a knife. Called a Slip-it.

Cool design, simple and cheap, usually given away as promotional/advertising freebies.

You pull up one end of the inner bar, the other end hinges on the tail of the blade. Then slide the blade out, and press the (now)flipped inner piece back down. Friction keeps it down in both open and closed positions.

This one came from a yard sale when I was a kid. I was 8 to 10, somewhere in there. I picked it up (closed) looked it over, didn’t know what it was, set if down.

Dad came along, picked it up, opened it, closed it, went hmm, and the lady running the sale said, oh, you can just have that.

I tried to connive that I’d seen it first, but neither one of them would go for it since I’d put it back… Hey, it was worth a try! 😉 lol.

So, why the post, and the funky comic reference title?

The retractable 3/8″ blade on the mini utility knife I have been carrying is greag for a lot of things, but is really lacking in slitting letters open.

When I reached for a longer blade, I saw this little guy on the shelf, and a light bulb went on.

I’ve never used it much since its been mine(about 8 years). It’s cool, but it’s such a thin blade. Like really thin. Like utility knife thin. But utility knife blades are wider, shorter, and more stable. And disposable if you break it.

And let’s face it, as much as knives are not pry bars, even those of us that are extremely careful tend to have lateral pressure on a blade about 1 in every 5 cuts. Just how it is with a working blade!

I like and use small blades, but not this thin, while this long. Just don’t want to bend or snap the sucker off.

But as a household knife, I figured what risk is there? Opening mail, packaged foods, light crafts tasks like cutting twine or trimming leather is the hardest use it’d get.

And since this week I’d been carrying a household knife, as posted a couple days ago, I suddenly saw a use for this lil ole guy.

And the Holy part you ask?

Thats simple.

It should be spelled Holey or hole-y.

‘Cause I drilled a hole in it.

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They don’t come with the split ring, or a place for one. For my current concept of home carry, it needed a bail/key ring/lanyard loop/whatever you want to call it.

Put it in the back end, where there was already a divot in the plastic. It looks like it was hot pressed there to keep the two handle halves together. Doesn’t seem to have loosened the parts any though.

How it spent the day, with its new friends, in my pocket;

Categories: Alaska-Life, Customized, Daily-cary-log, EDC, Home Life, key-chains, knives, Modifications, old tools, Pocket knives, Vintage

Same moose, different antlers?

So…. is it bad that I had it 3 days, carrying it 2 days, and already modded it? Lol..
Thats better!


But then, I knew I would when I bought it. my usual, favorite blade preferences, applied to my favorite blade arrangement. (Yeah, you should have seen this coming when I first posted the knife!)

Clip into sheeps foot, clipped shorter and narrowed, then re-edged. Also dropped the kick, to sit lower in the frame when closed, as far as I could.

The spey I made into a clip/skinner, taking some of the swedge out, and removing the raised tip.

With its bigger cousin, the same mods on a Case Muskrat. The moose isn’t actually any narrower, and its thicker. But is shorter.

Its enough of a difference though, its smaller in pocket, which was what I was after in a mini muskrat/moose frame. But it still grips nice in hand, a great bonus.

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Categories: Custom, Customized, Daily-cary-log, EDC, Field gear, knives, Modifications, New Gear, Pocket knives

Well, hello little moose!

New knife came Monday!

Been wanting a Case Mini Muskrat, to do my prefered blades mod to, for a while.

But the things are discontinued, and Spendy when they pop up. Or cheap at auction and I miss them/get snipped… lol I never was a good bidder. On top of which, no other manufacturer makes one in that size right now. Those other discontinued models from the rest being older and harder to find than the Case too.

Enter Cases’ Mini Moose. Something I’ve been trying to buy for several months, always coming up with something else to do instead… (most recently the LCP2 shown a few days ago.)

So, I’d put off buying a mini moose for a fancy damascus stockman… which I put off to get the gun. But I still had a “I want a knife” itch… Just no knife budget.

Enter my old favorites in low cost high quality: Rough Rider. Imported, but Nice.

So, I was browsing RRs, and suddenly hit on a moose, that looks ldentical to all the ones they have out now that are regular sized (4.5″), but the nail nicks were much bigger on the blades! Look at the details, and Hey! A mini moose @ 3.5″!

They call it a small moose.
A little digging found them in 3 different, recent handle materials/runs.

None of the materials really looked good to me, I went with the least unattractive one.

Turned out to be great, its kinda a amber carved apaloosa stag…

Appaloosa is a bone look that Case and a few others have done, mottled and spotted like horses of the same name. Its always seemed that I’m unique among most trad knife lovers, I prefer dye jobs that are faded, mottled or un even, even where theyre supposedly supposed to be a solid color. Its more natural and has character. Thus, I really love the look on this knife!

But yeah… shut up and show pics. Right.

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For scale, a Victorianox apprentice, and a Case peanut.

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Great clip blade, and a really sexy curvy spey.

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And how deep that spey sits closed is great!

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Since I’ll most likely be using the other blade the most. 🙂

Categories: EDC, Field gear, knives, New Gear, Pocket knives, Reviews

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