Modifications

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.

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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;

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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.

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Drop kicked knives?

Was in the shop already, So I dropped the kicks on the sheep’s foot blades on my two #18 Case stockmans. Got the nail nicks down about 1/8″ or a little more lower.

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Much more grip friendly when using the other blades, and looks better too.

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Case Congress Mods, 2.0

A thread about Congress knives elsewhere on the net got me to thinking about this knife again. One reason I don’t use it much is the funky spear/drop point large blade. Yes there are 3 other blades, but it still puts me off..

Decided since it seems that even not using it I’m apparently not parting with it, so modding it won’t matter, might as well make it more what I want it.

So I clipped it.

Had it perfect and decided to touch it up a tad… Yeah, then had to fix the over touch and lost 3/8″ of blade… lol.

So I have a medium to short clip blade. Still infinitely more useful to me than the funky spear.

Actually turned out better, since completely re-grinding the tip meant I could raise the tip a bit.

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But anyway, I end with 3 different blade styles, plus 1 duplicate. Large sheepsfoot, small sheepsfoot, pen, and clip.

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And then, after I had dropped the kicks and lowered blades a few months ago, the pulls were covered on the two big blades at the tips, and hard to access toward their bases.

Added 2 more of the easy open/nail access notches like the ones it had for the pen/coping blades.


Now all blades sit sunk low for comfortable grip, all open easy, and all are a profile I can use.

Will see how she works out to carry now!

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Custom ice auger adaptor for cordless drill.

These things are popular right now, with the high torque long battery life of modern cordless drills, its verry easy to drill ice holes with them.

Several companies make dedicated augers for this(a friend just got a 6″ K-Drill, works great!).

Also popular are these adaptors to run augers off of hand augers.

I figured the large 8″ auger off my new gas unit was probably heavier than the 8″ hand units, and definitely heavier than the 6″ hand units. But I also figured it should still work, maybe as fast as the others, but if the drill had the torqe to turn it, I’d still have holes!

Adaptors for the hand augers run around $25. But as far as I could tell, the shaft size was different than the gas augers.

And besides that, $25 for something I could turn myself on the lathe? Yup 😉

So, auger in hand, in the shop, and a couple hours later I had this;

Before and after, it’s turned from solid 1.5″ aluminum.

And then I decided it needed a side handle for stability. 1st version with a roller bearing between ring and shaft failed… Accidentally ended up too narrow to drill and tap for thd handle stud. Oops!

Second try I left out the bearing to save time and work, I figured if the whole concept works, I can do it later.

Opposing stud is for an added safety catch, the works can’t drop through the ice… Technically if the drill comes off though, the auger itself can– Considering the drill can’t got through a 8″ hole when on the auger, I kinda missed the boat on thst feature. Lol.

Need to re-mount this or similar below the connection to the auger…

But anyway, there she is!

Tried it yesterday, and it does work, it will crank it in the ice, and drill holes!

But its pretty slow.

Faster and easier than a hand auger, for sure. But the work needed isn’t something I’d want to subject this drill to very often.

We tried it on my buddies bigger drill, and it ate through pretty dang fast. Not as fast as the 6″ K-Drill, but very respectable!

Faster/more powerful drill than what I have, and it’d be perfectly fine.

So yeah, it works. But I won’t be using it. Bigger drill would be a couple hundred minimum. Smaller lighter auger bit, about $60. But since I have the nice 43cc gas motor for this one, I really can’t justify any of the cost.

I’ll shelf it. If I end up with a more powerful drill, or a hand auger, I’ll have the option to try it again.

If nothing else, it was a fun project for the lathe, I enjoyed it. 🙂

Categories: Aluminum, Custom, custom-made-tools, Customized, Fabrication, Field gear, Fishing, Ice Fishing, Improviser, Lathe, Modifications, Prototypes, tool mods

Custom ice fishing bucket seat.

When out last Saturday I wanted to travel lighter, leave my folding chair and fish cooler behind, go with a bucket seat. But there was no way in hell I was going shopping on black Friday!

Some old foam, a chunk of naugahide, and some scrap lumber in the shop, couple hours and I made me a hinged, padded, bucket seat, that doubles as a fish carrier.

It works! 😉

Only downside I’ve found is no backrest for 4 hours sucks 😉 and it sliddes a little on the ice. Second trip out with it yesterday and I put it in a milk crate, for traction. Works good, adds some stability and places to hang things.

Categories: Custom, custom-made-tools, Fabrication, Field gear, Fishing, GetOutdoors, Ice Fishing, Improviser, Modifications, New Gear, Re-purpose, Repurpose

Ice fishing tent fix 2.0

Some of you might remember fix 1.0 last year. A friend was given an Eskimo Quickfish 3, but he doesn’t (ice)fish, so gave it to me. It had 2 broken poles. The ends had snapped relatively clean off, so I made connectors to reattach the ends for the hubs to the poles.

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Done in brass because it was the only stock I had bigger diameter than the pole end pieces.

This year I had it set up before first snow to dry out (outside storage over the summer) and 8″ of snow load collapsed the top; I broke a pole getting it cleaned off...


This time it broke the pole mid length, and it exploded, long slivers of fiberglass everywhere… Couldn’t salvage it, and handling it to salvage the end/hinge piece was too hazzardoes.

So, I made a new pole, and the end this time. Machined the hinge end from aluminum, with a steel cross pin. And mounted on a fiberglass driveway marker rod. Works great!

(These poles are only $10 new, but shipping something 49” long to Alaska is rediculously expensive!)

Categories: Alaska-Life, Aluminum, Custom, Customized, Fabrication, Field gear, Fishing, Ice Fishing, Improviser, MacGyver, MacGyverism, Modifications, Re-purpose, Recycle, Repairs, Repurpose, Winter

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