Finally remembered to fix the Leatherman sheath that I carried my Vic Spirit in. The Nylon one was working so well, I’d forgotten about it.
Oil tanned leather strap scrap, and a few rivets. Was going to just restitch the top of the loop shorter, but the lower stitches didn’t look too swift. And no way I could stitch the bottom(OK, it IS possible, but I don’t have the patience or dexterity to do it). Decided screw it, new loop piece, clear the stich holes with longer length and rivet it, a lot easier!
Light imprint on the loop where I over did the vice (too hard to get these rivets to seat without off setting/bending over with the hammer and punch made for them, so I always just vice press them). It doesn’t show, and I wouldn’t care if it did…
Forgot about the front snap (whoops! )when I did them, crimped one spot on its edge. Still works fine… if it messes up latet4, I can replace it no big deal.
In other news, the belt loop on the sheath I use for my Victorinox Spirit gave up the ghost about 1.5 weeks ago.
Thankfully not completely! It was started at one corner when I left yesterday morning, figured it’d be fine a day or two, since it’s been rough and loose at the stitches, and stretched but not torn for weeks (months probably ).
Also Thankfully I didn’t lose it! Never ceases to amaze me, I dont deserve it but God continues to be very good to me!
And yes, that’s not a Vic sheath. It’s Leatherman! Made for the original Wave.(for those that don’t know, there have been two Wave models, the first slightly more compact model around 2000ish, the second bigger, and current one from around 2004.)
I never liked the Victorianox sheaths, leather but thick and clunky, and worst of all, velcro closure. Was looking for a sheath for my New Wave at the time I got this, turned out to not fit it. But after a couple months when I lost the Wave, and got the Vic, it got put to use. The Spirit always fit this sheath better than it did the one made for it!
It was new, old stock then, wish I’d thoughthe to grab another one… Be impossible to get another now, IF I ever really have to replace it.
That was late 2006 early 2007.. 11 or 12 years of almost(have carried the Vic probably 80% of that time)constant use ain’t bad!
Will make a new loop and stitch it on this week. Might just stitch new loops bottom end to the old loop, so I don’t have to go to the hassle of curved glove needles and working inside the bottom of the sheath.. Gonna use 550 inner strands, or if I can find my roll of Gearward Kevlar string that a friend gifted me a couple years ago, I’ll use that.
That sheath gets a lot of abuse where I wear it, ran into and against everything, laid on, scraped around on machinery and the ground. If nothing else, I want to try to garrantee the stitches hold!
I actually wrote this post above, about a week ago. Never got it posted. I’ve also not gotten around to fixing the belt loop. But I have been carrying the Spirit. A couple days loose in a rear pocket, but that got old fast. Dug around for my bag of misc. sheaths, and got out a slim nylon Leatherman version.
Fits like a glove! A little tight upon re-holstering, but not bad. Yes it’s velcro closure, but it’s actually not been bad so far! I don’t think I’d want to use it forever, and I’ll still fix the leather one, but it works perfectly fine for now. Big bonus is that it’s almost as slim and compact/unobtrusive as the leather one.
Another bonus, was that it has the room in it to hold the Spirit with the pliers open/handles unfolded! I must have unconsciously known this, because I suddenly found I’d been carrying it that way for a while during a job. That can be very handy at times!
Been a while. It’s either been a lot going on with no time to post, or I’ve been sick as hell(flu, twice through, laid out for 3 weeks, then almost gone, got too cold working, relapsed, and now running into 6 weeks total) and literally Nothing going on to post about.
Anyway, here is a random slew of pics from the last couple months.
Moon and Venus.
My first day out snowshoeing.
Recent knives used and the books I was reading that week.(for a forum thread)
Dads stainless handle Sabre jack knife that lives in the den, which is currently the reloading room.
Case hobo and an Alaskan cookbook
225 grain LWN (long wide nose) hard cast .41 caliber bullets I ordered from GTBullets. 100 lubed and sized for $13, even with $6 shipping, it’s almost cheaper than I could cast my own.. And is considering I can’t afford the mould right now! 😉
Cleaning up an old Schrade USA stockman, a 8OT , that a friend gave me last summer.
Knives and guns, notable pairs, (for a forum thread )
My Beretta. 45, that I’ve now amazingly had for 10.5 years! And the custom Andy Sharpe coffin fighter that it’s come to live with. I rarely ever carry one without the other.
My Mom’s Liberty Mustang .22 and Dad’s Case peanut.
Most sentimental pairing; my Ruger Security Six 357 mag. Which has belonged to both my older brothers, and my Dad before me. With Dad’s Western brand hunting knife.
New stuff, second week of March, my takes from the EDCC (edccommunity.com) passaround box.
Old style finned bomb shaped beads are a fad right now, had some shop time so I tried one. LOTS of work to get the rounded nose, and fins. Had to freehand the cutters on the curve, and lots of file work off the lathe. Too time intensive to make many of them, but I might still..
A slew of pocket dumps, in mostly cronological order, late Jan. to now.
On my knees in a sniw bank digging out firewood at 0F or 10F. Something like that. Proof that I wear my guns working, they’re not babied. (Much.. 😉 )
Simple day last week, hour or two after dark working on firewood. Headlamp and the bluetooth speaker did constant duty… I zip the speaker into a mid layer pocket, hit Google Play, usually Springsteen, and have music wherever I am while working.
Yesterday’s carry, 3-15-17, an outside day. been cooped up sick, wanted to get out and work for a while, puttered around with a few projects (most of which involved shoveling snow!).
Cousins. Both old used and worn, but great Schrade USA stockmans. Large 8OT, and medium 34OT.
My Titanium Eng1nerd Prangler (mash up of key dangler and pry bar) is getting some great coppery brass colored wear stripes in its anodizing. The things that swing and rub on it are brass and it sort of burnished onto the area as it rubs.
And, more of 3-15-17… got the sled out for a bit.And found out how out of practice I am… Was stuck a total of three times! Oi. Thankfully all within ~100 yards max from the house! God is good to me!
So… 2016 EDC in review.. not much changed or updated this year, the standards that worked so well for 2015 held over.
My ongoing search for the perfect pocket knife continued, but I’ll update on that a little later, part 2. ☺
But I only had two real changes, or new concepts, both great, this year.
First, my discovery of designer hanks. What at first was a curiousity, that I thought was great, but too expensive, became a trend, and a small collection (up to about 15 now!)
Here is most of the family, 4 or 5 missing, a few are scattered to places they’re semi permanently dedicated to- one in the shop, one in my tackle box, one in my range bag, and one in the secret pocket in my Tilley.
All of those are from HeartHanks, except one, the plaid in the top row is from EDC Gentleman, new this last week.(great quality, I’ll be having more from them! ) And my two From SkarHanks areally in my range bag, and tackle box.
The other really cool and useful item I got this year is my ti Prangler, that a few of the outcasts at edccommunity.com forums (still not 100% sure who!) Gifted me!
It’s never been used as a pry bar, but it’s Always on my keys, and always hanging them if I have them on me. Really has streamlined, eased and revolutionized my key carry!
Above talking about my headlamp, I started to say it was my most carried and used item, but had to stop… This dangler might just be it. But I don’t always carry my keys, so it’s hard to quantify which one really is used more.
Anyway, those are the big changes, and additions for 2016, both being good, nei, great ones. 😎
Mail call a couple days ago from my Secret Santa on edccommunity.com forums! A outdoors PSK(pocket survival kit) from Gerber, a nifty multitool spork, a waterproof gear case, and a freaking bright 2xaaa flashlight marked Bushnell.
THANKS SANTA! Whoever you are! 😆😎🙌👍👍✌👌