New Gear

New Watch Works

New little project. Quartz pocket watch my Dad bought me years ago, that has recently stopped running, on the right.  

New mechanical donor watch on the left. 

Either the works from the new one will go in the other case, or the lid from the old one will go on the new one… 

Lid hinges look pretty close, will try swapping lids first. 

If that don’t do it, I’ll pull the guts, and see about making a custom spacer ring to hold the new works in the other case.

Categories: Custom, EDC, Modifications, New Gear, Sentimental, Watches | 1 Comment

Blackhawk grips part 4.0

4th installment for this, first was leather grips, which I need to finish, second was a great block of birch burl, third the 1860 conversion. 
So.. I figured in the mean time, till I can find another 1860 grip frame set, I thought I should at least put some stock grips(came with oversize pachmyre presentation grips) on the stock grip frame and shoot it that way at least Once before changing it 😉 
 

I started to make a set of grips 6 months ago, and have the piece for wood grips, but haven’t had either a warm shop or the drive/desire to work on them when I have the time to work on anything… So I bought some “cheap”(in price, not quality) cherry wood grips from a guy called LS Grips , that I found on ebay. 

$38(shipped cost) is horrendous for something I can make myself in a couple hours… But then, I haven’t had a couple hours where I could do it.. lol,

 AND it really, really is a steal for after market wood Blackhawk grips.  

Will need some fine fitting in a couple spots. And they are unfinished, I’ll have to clear coat them but thery’re a 99% perfect fit. 

Guy does good work! If your in need of some simple, but well made grips , give the guy a look. (He had maple, and walnut too, and other composites, and for most of the Ruger grip sizes.)

They feel good! MUCH better than the bigger rubber it had on it, nice and slim. 

 

Not quite as comfy as the 1860, but it’s really close. Will see how it shoots.  I can always thin them out some if I need to. (Gonna shoot it as is before applying a finish for that reason– and I don’t want to wait for a finish to dry.. lol) 

Categories: Guns, Gunsmithing, New Gear, Woods tools, Woodwork | Leave a comment

ATV Rifle mount.

A buddy thought the way another bud and I wore our rifles slung across out chests on the quads for hunting last fall was a little sketchy… (it was at times, but worked good) so he bought both of us gun boots and bracket kits for Christmas! 

I’m not fond of this concept, it seems like it’d be a super slow access(while the moose gets away) and it would IMO inhibit leg/ridding area… heaven forbid you need off that side of the wheeler Fast, like in a roll over..  BUT, I’ll give it a fair shake, and try it! 

 Anyway, I finally got mine mounted.

  

It looks high, but the butt ends sits lower than my head height ridding. Put it in the best compromise I could get for low, inboard of the fenders, out of my leg area, and leaving rack space, all while actually having rack to bolt to. 

Need to drill a couple extra holes in the bottom plate towards the front(by the big round hole) to u-bolt it to that front rack bar. But it’s already pretty dang solid. 

Dropped a rifle in and went ridding for an hour after I got it on there, trails, mud, and bushwacking, it stayed 99% as solid. 
It was also amazingly out of the way! 

Still not sure what it’d do to a fast get off on that side, but let’s pray I never have to find out! 😉

Need to look in my hardware bins, want to replace the nut on the angle adjust bolt with a big knob, and a wing nut over it (tighten knob, then jam nut lock it with the wing nut) for easier angle adjusting, if I need the butt end lower to go under downed trees etc. (Will weld the bolt to the bracket to make it a one hand/no hold wrench operation.).

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, ATV, Guns, Modifications, New Gear, Outdoors, Vehicles | Leave a comment

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

New boots for spring?

New water boots for spring? 

Hell yeah! And free ones too. 

Amazing what you can get at “the free store”! That’s the name a friend has for the dumpster site / trash transfer site. 

At most of these there’s a platform where you can leave out useful items, instead of just throwing them in the dumpsters..  A buddy picked these up there. Too big for him, gave them to me. 

Solid rubber outers, neoprene insulated and arctic fleece lined. 

Just a little big on me, but that’ll be great for heavier socks in fall/hunting. And interesting, I wear a 12 Wide usually, these are an 11 regular (they figure on stretch for widths). And still a bit big on me. Muck has generous sizing. 

And I can’t find a thing wrong with them! Look hardly ever worn in fact. There is one tiny spot on one that looks like it has been silicone or epoxy sealed, but otherwise they really do look new.  I’ve had them on in water over the ankle, and nary a leak yet!

Ice traction ain’t great for now, but they’re water proof, and warmer than my regular rubber boots, a superb win/win! 

And yeah, I just had to go look it up…I cant get an exact match on the model, it’s an older style than whats on the Muck website. But, these are about $150 minimum to $200 boots when bought new. Eeek! 

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Clothes, Hunting, New Gear, Outdoors, Spring, weather and seasons

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

Spring time catch up.

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!


Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Beads, Clothes, Custom, custom-made-tools, Daily-cary-log, EDC, Field Notes, Flashlights, Guns, Hanks, key-chains, knives, Leather, Modifications, Multitools, New Gear, No-pain-no-gain, old tools, Outdoors, Pocket knives, Reloading, Sentimental, Theory/Thoughts, titanium, truck, Vehicles, weather and seasons, Winter, wood processing, Woods tools

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: