Modifications

Time for a fix; or fixing time?

Haven’t been able to wear my Eco-Drive chrony for a while, after I found a problem with the band.

Wore through around the under straps keeper ring. (Strap is a leather NATO style)

Technically the watch is still secured by the top strap, but I wasn’t comfortable wearing it til I got it fixed.

Took a couple months to get to where, today, I had time/wanted it enough to actually do something about it.

Some of the rest of the band is also a little rough, here is where its worn through on the bottom strap next to the spot I’m fixing. But its only through the one layer, it’ll be fine for a while though, I think.

I simply stitched the bottom strap to the top one, and trimmed off the worn loop where the ring sat.

From the back;

Got a little too far from the edge there on one side, but it works. 🙂

Side that shows;

Easy fix and all I lost at this point, is that it isn’t an easy change band anymore. I’ll have to pull the spring bars to take the watch off. No big loss really though; Except for about 2 weeks when it was new, the watch has been on this band since about this time of year in 2011. 😀

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Darning leather gloves?

Have a pair of nice heavy deer skin work gloves that I wore almost all summer. They started developing holes about a month and a half ago.

Since I was welding that day, it meant finger burns (yes we had dedicated welding gloves, but generally I don’t bother with them, they’re a heavy leather gauntlet that allows no dexterity at all.)

My jobsite fix that day was a quick wrap (double layer glue to glue on the holes so it didn’t stick to me!) of gorilla tape over the finger tips.
I gotta say I’m impressed, after a month of work, and you have to remember I’ve been working in a crawl space most of the time so its not just work wear, but crawling wear too, that tape was scuffed and a bit softer, but still stuck, solid, holeless… I HATE duct tape with a passion because it never stays on anything even duct work, but this stuff was great!
But anyway, 3 more holes later and I grabbed a new pair of gloves. I have no idea what the old ones cost, they were a gift, the second pair out of a two pack a friend got. And I can’t shop where they came from(costco) so a direct replacement is impossible.
But the replacement I got at Home Depot was $25 a pair.
I’m sure the Costco ones probably cost less than that, and about 6 months on a pair before they wear out isn’t bad for good quality, real leather, all leather gloves.
But at prices like that I’d still like to prolong their life if possible. And besides, they’re broken in, already stained– don’t have to worry what I get on them, they fit me, and are comfortable as all get out now… I’ve been missing them!
With socks its called darning. Maybe only on knit socks. Ive been saying I’m darning gloves. But they’re not knit, and darning might not apply even to knit gloves… lol.
So, thus, I sat down with some scrap leather, needle and thread, and have been slowly fixing them in my spare time the last few days.
This has worked well so far, a couple seams resewn, and one finger tip I cut out the holed area and patched. Some of it I’ve just whip stiched on the outside, some thing I’ve turned them inside out to have the seams on the inside like original.
It has ironically been kinda hard on my hands. For a while now any hand sewing I do, or similar work that takes a good grip on small tools, and fine motor skills, has made my hands go numb while doing it.

Add to that some muscle damage and inflammation that I have right now in my shoulders/arm pits and lower arms that has been doing a carpal tunnel like effect of a piched nerve or restrictions in blood flow; making my hands tingling or numb over most of the past week anyway;

It makes this extremely slow, somewhat frustrating, and sort of painful to do.

But at any rate, I’m enjoying it, it improves my sewing, saves some gloves, and fills some time.

I still have one big hole and one small one to patch, and two seams to re-close.

Categories: Alaska-Life, Clothes, Cowboy, Damages, EDC, Field gear, Leather, MacGyver, Modifications, Recycle, Repairs, Sentimental, Sewing, Soft Goods, Summertime, Welding | 1 Comment

All chained up.

Rearranged and consolidated pocket watch chains yesterday. I only need two, one for the watch and one for the knife on my double Albert setup.

Had one, a bronze one already setup for that. Added the new black chrome one as the second. This setup with a Nightize S-biner hanger works great.

The biner fits over the snaps on my leather vest. Just snap a snap through the big biner, and it dissappears, but holds the chain ends giving the single or double prince albert chain attachment point.

Then cut, splice and reassembly, netted me a bracelet, which I wore all day, and really liked. Simple and classy-ish, but didn’t drive me batty. Two main strands with a third linking them.


Then the left overs got me a neck chain–which I have no idea what I’ll do with– yet.

And two big clasped utility/watch chains, which I also have no current use for… I’ll think of something.

If you look close the bracelet has 3 different chain sizes/styles, the necklace 2, and both utility chains are different…

I actually had a lot of fun doing these! The opening and closing of the rings and links was a bit tedious, but still fun.

Categories: Customized, Decorating, EDC, Fabrication, Jewelry, key-chains, Modifications, New Gear, Pocket Watches, Re-purpose, Recycle, Repurpose, Watches

Puppy time?

For a while now I’ve been using this old quartz crystal key chain, that I’ve had since I was a kid, as the fob on this watch.


Few days ago I happened to think of some jade figures in our curio case, that I hadn’t seen for forever (case is in a terrible place foractually viewing what’s in it) so I went and got one out, moved it to a table in the den.

The figures belong to Mom, something my brother got her for Christmas or a birthdaysome 25 years ago, so I made sure she didn’t mind.

Occurred to me with the captive loop it’s tail makes it’d make a nice keychain fob. She said she wouldn’t mind that either…

Wasn’t sure I wanted to bang around a chunk of jade with my keys though..

Getting the watch out yesterday morning and it was sitting there, dawned on me that it’d be a great watch fob. 10 minutes to kill later and I’d made a chain for it.

Here is a better view of the color on the figure, that gorgeous deep rich green.

Possibly a Husky, but looks more like a Malamute to me… 🙂:)

I remember they were carved by a local artist, but I’ve no idea who.

Dont worry about the other fob suddenly out of a job, I’ve got another pocket watch on the way. Will just have to decide which fob goes where.

Categories: Customized, Decorating, EDC, Just Plain Fun, Modifications, Pocket Watches, Watches

Got my money clip back!

While killing time in the shop with misc. little projects, and trying to find parts for one, I came accross the Buffalo Alaska Mint coin/silver proof from my old money clip. Several years ago the curve of the clip broke– its brass, and it had gotten brittle, work hardened from repeated bending back and forth.

I had intended to put the coin on a new clip, but never could find one I liked, wanting one similar yo what it had, a hinged camming action that clamped it shut.

Got to thinking that I hadn’t really been in any hurry to solder the Marlboro cowboy emblem back onto the clip I’ve been using after it came off last summer either…

So, why not combine them, eh?

The curve of the broken end on the coin backing plate almost perfectly fit the clips curved end.

Cleaned the chrome platting off the one, cleaned the other to bare brass and tinned them in solder. Pressed and heated. Twice.

Filled with solder along the curved end. Three times…

Have I ever mentioned that I Hate soldering? Well I do!

But sometimes I get lucky!

It ain’t perfect but its solid and will fer sure work.

All that holds the coin on is the bezel, 4 little tabs that bend/crimp over the backing plate.

Two old friends with a lot of memories attached

— the Marlboro clip I’ve had since I was a kid. The buffalo clip I got 10 year ago this spring on a 2 week trip to the big city, hanging out with a good buddy when he came home from the service, Fun Times!—

back in service together, finally!

Categories: Adventure Metal Works, Brass, Custom, Customized, Damages, Decorating, EDC, Fabrication, Good Friends, Modifications, Repairs, Sentimental, Welding

Case Congress Mods 3.0

Yes, again. Once you start its hard to leave anything alone!

Outer corners of the bolsters, end of the frame were a bit too pointy and uncomfortable in my palm when holding the knife.

So I rounded them off. 🙂

Before;

And after;

Smooth and comfortable now, and looks better too I think.

Little fine sanding still needed, I hit it with a scotchbrite pad to satin the newly ground areas to match the pocket wear. But it still needs some hand work with around 400 grit to blend it better. I’ll get around to it soon, as I have shop time..
I don’t have many square ended knife patterns, but hadn’t thought about it much– Seems I prefer the look, and feel of rounded bolsters for at the least one practical reason.

Categories: Customized, knives, Modifications, Pocket knives

More traditional knife blade modifications.

Yes, I’m on a roll lately. Lots of free time to kill in the shop in between other projects, and little things like this happen.

Took the top hump/bump off the spey on my ’47 stockman. No real useful gain here, just asthetics. Im not likely to ever need the hump there for its intended use (its a spacer, keeps the edge/tip away from important bits while you are speying/gelding livestock.) Now its simply a wide somewhat blunt spear point.

Before and after;

And then I did a mod I’d intended to do when I bought the knife recently.

Some of you will know of my search for the “perfect” pocket knife. A 3.5″ to 3.625″ stockman frame, 2 blades at opposite ends, a clip point, and sheepsfoot. Hard to find.

This is my most recent acquisition on that concept, a Rough Rider half stockman. 3.25″, clip and spey.

Turned out to be a very slim, trim knife, both blades on one spring, and extremely thin bkade stock. Call it a gentlemans version of what I’m after. — A touch too thin and light for my tastes, but not a problem, just not what I’m after.

Anyway, needed to bob the spey into a sheepsfoot.

Before and after;

Categories: Customized, knives, Modifications, Pocket knives

Do we spey them awl?

Or more accurately, awl the spey?

An acquaintance on a couple forums did this mod a while back to a 4 blade Rough Rider stockman, then a Rough Rider sowbelly.

Made me think at the time that I never use the spey on my Case ’47 pattern stockman, I could do it too.

Then I got this fancy ’18 recently, and had the same idea… Wasn’t sure if the thin blade would end up too weak, and flexy. Then I noticed it’s blades and the ’47s are the same stock thickness.. either way it’d be thin.

Thought I could try it on my older ’18, but if I’m going to be carrying one it’ll probably be the newer one for a while…

So I decided to heck with it, what the hell, why not. 😀

What the hell am I talking about?
Making an awl/punch out of the spey blade!

Before;

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After;

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The two knives for side by side comparison.

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It was easy, and worked great! Not my smoothest bevel grind ever, but it’s hard for me to free hand a chisel grind– not used to the deeper angle. But it’ll work! (and does, I tried it!)

Turned out to be very stiff too, it’s thin stock but short and narrow, it has no flex like I was worried about. Should be fine.

Categories: Customized, knives, Modifications, Pocket knives

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