Mail call yesterday, a surprise gift from a friend! Great old Schrade USA dogleg trapper in really good shape! Little rust on the blades, but nothing broke or excessively worn, someone took good care of this one for a while.
I’m usually not a trapper fan, but this one is nice, it’s only 3-7/8″, 1/4″ shorter than the norm, and has a much more pronounced curve in the frame shape– I like it!
Will give it a spa treatment today, and drop it into cary rotation.
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!
Still basically the same.
Still the same on purpose actually. Wanted to carry the same basic setup as long as possible, a bit of a test, since anymore I change knife daily, or every other day.
I also wanted to see how long I could go with the pocket watch, no wrist watch. That’s actually been great, since I am OCD about time, knowing what it is at all times… First few days drove me batty!
Now though, with the watch not there at a glance, it taking more effort to get to it, I’m not looking at it much. I’m more relaxed because I’m not constantly checking for on time/enough time/out of time/how long it’s taking, etc..
Plus matches instead of a lighter, it was the old school/vintage carry that to me fit the jack knife when I got it. Just wanted to see if I could go for a while with the older items..
Two weeks so far, to yesterday. 🙂
Today will get a slight change. Details after I get my mail 😀
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.
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!
Haven’t done a knife post for a while.
One of my favorite carrys, the venerable peanut, the knife that cuts 10x above its size. This one is Carhartt branded, by Case Cutlery.
I rarely carry Just a peanut anymore, prefering a larger grip, usually around a 3 1/2″ or 3 5/8″ knife, not only longer than the peanuts 2 7/8″ but wider, easier to handle. But a peanut is still usually all the blade I’d ever need. One of these was at one time the only knife I carried for a little over a year straight.
I don’t usually like the burnt bone or stag look, but this one I do. It fits Carhartts’ style well, as does the no nonsense satin bolsters and as ground blade finish. Lanyard ring hole added by me.
Usually when I carry a peanut, it’s watch pocket carry under a Zippo. In this case on a pocket watch chain clipped off to a belt loop with a nite-ize key biner, and it rides over the top of the lighter.