Theory/Thoughts

Grip tinkering.

Pietta 1860 navy grip frame test fit on a Ruger Blackhawk. 😎  Saw someone else do a 1860 grip on a Blackhawk, but wasn’t sure if my cap and ball revolver was true 1860 spec. Looks like it is. 

Backstrap is a great fit. 

 Trigger guard would need the front hole filled and mover about 3/8″, and the slot for the trigger widened.  
Then of course the back strap would need supports for the Ruger style mainspring and trigger spring fabricated and installed.    

Honestly probably take me less than an afternoon to do the full conversion.  πŸ™‚

Why would I want to? 

Because I have small hands and this grip is a a different profile, it’s a Lot more comfortable.

 Also, I want to eventually strip and brown this gun, and the brass would look Sweet!   And I like to tinker…. Can’t seem to leave Anything stock. Lol. 

Now all I gotta do is snag another 1860 grip frame set online (not using these since I’m not giving up the use of my Pietta!)

Categories: Brass, Custom, Fabrication, Guns, Gunsmithing, Hunting, old tools, Theory/Thoughts | 1 Comment

A bright idea?

Or a hot idea perhaps. 

A fiery one at any rate.

So, I’ve been using the match safe and matches for a few weeks before this, partly because it was fun and works fine. But mostly because I ran out of butane, And lighter fluid.   

And I’m miserably broke. So no fuel of either type was forthcoming anytime soon.  

 I’d been using the liquid fuel lighter inserts most of the summer, and winter, because I ran out of butane in the mid summer.  And just happened to get a free can of Zippo lighter fluid when we cleaned the previous tenant’s  “trash” out of one of the houses we worked on. πŸ˜€ 

@ $10+ a can, I’d given up buying the lighter fluid a couple years ago in favor of butane inserts.  But the butane isn’t exactly cheap.. 

Anyway, I got to thinking about what else I could run a Zippo on. I’ve never done it, but Dad had told me years ago that they will run on gasoline,  and diesel(and probably kerosene) if you can stand the smell.  

I wondered this winter if my Zippo hand warmer would run on Heet, or Iso Heet  alcohol. Never got around to trying it.  The general concensus on the interned is that the lighters will run on the alcohol,  but not great, and it evaporates out of them a Lot faster. 

Next couple days, if I find I still have a bottle of it kicking around, I’ll try it in a lighter and see how it does. 

I also wondered if I could use the can of white gas I have… but that’s pretty volatile stuff, didn’t want to blow up a lighter! Or me. πŸ˜‰ 

Little research though, and, turns out white gas is a fancy name for what is basically 99% naphtha.  Interesting! 

Id always known that lighter fluid is basically 99% naptha. 

πŸ˜€ 

My Ford Zippo is now running one Coleman stove fuel(white gas)! 

Burns the same, and the exhaust, smell is the same. 

The kicker here is that I have almost a full gallon can that I bought almost a decade ago for my Coleman multifuel stove!

 At the time that gallon can was a horrific  $10.  What I’d pay now for a maybe ~ 16oz bottle of lighter fluid!   Hate to think what the gallon of white gas costs now!! 

Categories: Fire, Lighters, Outdoors, Theory/Thoughts | Leave a comment

April 2017 EDC ChallengeΒ 

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. πŸ™‚

Today will get a slight change. Details after I get my mail πŸ˜€

Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, knives, old tools, Pocket knives, Theory/Thoughts | 1 Comment

Case 22087 Medium Jack Knife.Β 

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 | 1 Comment

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! πŸ˜‰  


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.. πŸ˜‰ )




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

Guns and boots.

Interesting picture thread idea that came up at BCUSA (bushcraftusa.com). These are the two obvious pairing that came to mind.

Classy western, Ariat H2O Ropers, and Berretta Stampede .45.


And around the house standards, cheap slippers, and Bersa Thunderer. 380

Categories: Clothes, Guns, Outdoors, Theory/Thoughts

2016, EDC in review… Part 1.

​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. 😎

Categories: Custom, EDC, Hanks, key-chains, Multitools, New Gear, Sentimental, Theory/Thoughts, titanium

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: