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Field Notes Covered!

Been trying to post this for a week or two. For a while now I’ve wanted to make a leather cover for the Field Notes I carry. Like, a year… or more.

But every now and then I stop carrying thrm for a while. Like this sum

mer I stopped because it was one less item that I would be touching in stores, out and about, that I couldn’t really disinfect in any way. I went to using my phone for to do lists and time cards at work(covid free zone cause no one else is there.. well, mostly), and memorizing shopping lists.
At work its been ok, except where I need to take fast notes, measurements, and layout diagrams.
And it never worked for lists.
So I’ve gone back to carrying the notebooks. And to wanting a cover to help keep them from disintegrating.
I had a cover before, got in late 2011 but it was made for a thicker Moleskine book, which I used it with for a couple years off and on. But to not be too floppy when I transitioned to field notes in 2014, it had to have at least 2, 3 better, in it. Too thick to carry easilly. Which I did do for a while.
But it became too cumbersome, and I went to naked single notebooks. And then found that the naked notebooks get torn up a lot.
After a while I went to wrapping all new Field Notes in a layer of heavy duty packing tape, to keep them more colorfast, and less fragile. But even then they can still get pretty beat up before I get through one. Especially if there is a lot of carry and little use, like this summer.
So anyway. I don’t have time to make anything. Or really to think about making anything. The old rule rings true, you can have time to do things OR money to do things. Not both.
I love the job I have, ain’t complaining. Just missing having time for other things… 😉
So anyway, I broke down and started shopping/browsing. And after A LOT of narrowing it down, I bought a couple things that normally I’d prefer to make.
I wanted simple thin leather, 3 to 4oz flexible but abrasive resistant… And real leather.
And the front and back pockets that slip over the cover on the book. Thats really hard to narrow down, so many makers do the Midori/travelers style with the elastic bands in the spine, no hold for the covers. I want to open the leather, and the notebook as one, not have to open each separate.
And Just those pockets. No credit card slot, no pen holder, no hold shut strap. And hug the notebook like second skin, not a arctic parka 3 sizes too big.
And not $100 freaking bucks…
So.. I found what I liked, then what I REALLY liked, and at a bit more than I wanted to spend (figured about $25 was good for paying a craftsman, where they profit but I don’t get gouged) I figured what the hell and did it. Was About $35.
Super glad I did!!
So it turned out to be thicker leather than I wanted. And it doesn’t hug the edges of the book as close as I’d have liked.
Its actually bigger in footprint in both thickness and area, as the old cover I had. The old cover I stopped trying to use because it was too big in pocket, and uncomfortable.
This amazingly disappears, I can’t feel it at all!!
Yeah, anyway, shut up and show pics AK, I know…
Old and new

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Inside (came with a single graph craft notebook, a pleasant surprise)

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And the outside showing why I splurged and got this. Some of you will remember a slight obsession I have with compass rose designs… Just couldn’t pass this up! Its laser engraved, and surprisingly deeply.

Here is a link to the nakers shop, if anyone is interested.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LostSkeletonsBrandCo

The only disadvantage to using this is any of the Field Notes quarterly eddition I get, I don’t get to see the fancy covers. And since I just got several packs of special editions, I’m feeling this loss. But just because I have the cover doesn’t mean I ALWAYS have to use it.
So I think I can find a happy medium where I will still get to see the more special notebooks.

Categories: Compass Rose, EDC, Field gear, Field Notes, Journal, Leather, New Gear, Notebooks, Soft Goods, Traditional | 1 Comment

Plus one nib, 2.0!

My other new pen came in finally!

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Took almost 1 month even to get here, but it made it!

This one is really, really, really expensive… $4.50. And it took $2.50 for shipping. lol.

It’s a Jinhao 996. Just couldn’t pass up a tiger print pen! Its really solid, nice and hefty, if not all metal its close to it. Feels like an F nib, smooth writer so far. Came with a piston converter in it too! I have a sample of Monteverde Cherry Danish in it to start.

Would Not feed from filling the converter separately, even after forcing ink all the way up through the feed… Un filled and filled with converter in the pen, through the nib/feed, and then its perfect, no issues at all.

I hate filling that way, tends to get too wet on the feed and you always end up dipping the grip section and getting messy. Hopefully now that its primed itll flow/fill the other way from now on.

My only slight complaint is that the cap doesn’t post very securely on the back of the pen. I have to press it on then twist s little for it to grip. Even then its not really secure, and takes verry little to come off. You cant shake it off, but any grip of the cap and it comes off.

It’ll be fine, it stays well enough for writting, but you can’t fidget with the pen much between sentences.

But anyway…

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And with the Prefounte.

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Categories: EDC, Fountain Pens, Ink, Just Plain Fun, New Gear, Pens, Traditional | 1 Comment

Snack knife to Hunting knife.

Little post a few days ago mentioned getting this knife back into my travel kit.
Good thing I did!
Its actually not been in the truck, but in my lunch/snack box. One day a little while ago, transfering gear to a friends truck to go shooting(target) I grabbed the snack box for a light lunch.

That meant that later I had a sharp single blade thats easier to clean than the twin blade I was pocket carying, when an impromptu bunny hunt came up..

:D

Little fur ball kept getting curious about the sound or something and running out into the range (gravel pit) we were using.

He knew I’ve been wanting to rabbit hunt a while, so my buddy said go for it if I wanted. 3rd appearance of the critter, 2nd active stalk I managed to connect before he completely disappeared again.

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Great knife for the task, thin point was easy to control, handle comfortable, good reach, and laser sharp.

Guy that was with me gave a couple ideas and left me to it, so I just basically taught myself to clean/skin a rabbit. He said I did great especially when he found out I’d never cleaned anything but fish before!

:D

Was too hot and tired that night to do the grilling we’d planned, but roast bunny is on the menu soon. Will take pics!

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Case Knives, Cowboy, EDC, EDC/MT use, Field gear, Food, GetOutdoors, Good Friends, Good Times, Hunting, knives, Outdoors, Pocket knives, Preparedness, Summertime, Traditional, Truck EDC, Truck gear, Wildlife

About that Muskrat.

Yeah, backup blades of the same type aren’t my thing. I’m more for multiple blades in different styles, for different tasks.
I can see how it would be, as these were originally meant as a skinning blade. Use it till dull, swap blades and keep going without having to change your way of doing things to compensate for a different blade. But I don’t do that kind of repetitive work that warrants a direct replacement blade.
So, yeah.

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Ended up with a nice lambsfoot profile. And just about the same length of edge as is on the sheepsfoot in the stockman.

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Usually I do the back or pile side blade for this, but the curve of the frame leaves more access to the nail nick on the front/mark side blade, than if does the other. So I did the front. The main blade used will be the straight edge anyway… Might as well make it the mark side blade, usually considered the “main” blade side.

Slight swedging and blend of spine edges.

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Might touch the “peak” on the spine a bit to straighten the overall look of the blade. Then again I might forget. It doesn’t really need it.

Categories: Case Knives, Cowboy, Customized, EDC, Field gear, Grail Item, knives, Life-Philosophy, Modifications, Pocket knives, Re-purpose, Theory/Thoughts, tool mods, Traditional

Finally A Mini Muskrat!

So…I did manage a new knife last month. Something I’ve wanted for a while. They’re pretty rare among the brands that make traditionals, even in vintage models, and extremely rare in contemporary brands.

A mini muskrat. 3-5/8″ or thereabouts stockman frame with twin opposed clip blades.

Case made one until a few years ago. They’re kinda like finding hens teeth and when you do they’re gold plated teeth.

Took a while(couple years actually!) to find a good deal on one I liked.

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Supposedly a 2016 model, haven’t run the tang myself yet. Handle is butterscotch corelon. I’ve read that no pins in the scales on composite handles generally means a rehandle job, or a contract knife handled outside Case. For Corelon that tends to mean they were handled by Frost. It’s almost a flawless job, extremely good fit and finish, I’d never know Case didn’t do it.

I managed to score it brand new, unused, no box, for $35. :D

Used Mini Muskrats not in corelon(an expensive material, why I don’t know) tend to be a $70 to $100 proposal.

YES, It was a gift from God! No other way I’d ever get that it that price!

Categories: Case Knives, Cowboy, EDC, Grail Item, knives, New Gear, Pocket knives, Traditional

Dressy? Black? Orange? Fancy? Expensive? YES!

Got a new watch a couple months ago. Another Citizen Eco-drive. (Thats 3 in the stable so far!)

I had been wanting to splurge after my first check @ the new job. And get a new knife. I hadn’t done that for ages, and there was something I’d been looking at for a few months.

Buf I just couldn’t do it. I gave a lot of knives and another is hard to justify (not just in $ cost) unless im 100% sure of it. I couldn’t get past a 60% “yeah… but…” on that one. More on that in a future post though.

So anyway, I then went through bookmarks, and my Ebay watch list from the then previous few weeks, for anything else I Really wanted. Settled on a watch I’d seen.

I refuse to have batteries in watches, or at least ones that need changing, so I tend to browse through the current Citizen Eco-Drive solar models from time to time. I have two, my Chrony, and a Divers model that a friend gave me before he passed away. They’re solid, reliable and bombproof (literally. That Dive watch survived an incident with some poorly fused C4 once!)

I Hadn’t actually bought a wrist watch since 2012 or 13(a fancy Timex expedition with compass, that I could never make work right). And hadn’t gotten one at all since the the Seiko 5 another good friend gave me, around the same time…

What I’d found was a dealer offering factory refurbished watches. Not necessarily used, but ones that had needed going over. Figure New Old Stock (NOS) thay hadnr sold in a retail setying. Damn good prices!

Unfortunately what I’d liked was now sold out. So I then spent 2 days going through models and re-picking… Man, that was hard! I’ve got a short list of about 6 that I want now! Lol

I ended up really wanting to get the first one I saw, so shopping around other dealers, I found one not refurbished, but actually new, for a decent price.

Here’s the thing. They do this watch in two models, same watch, on different bands. The one I’d picked was on brown leather. The other is on a metal link/deployant style.
I’d liked the one on metal, but wrote it off initally as a bit too spendy. But the best price I could find on the New leather model, was now $5 from the refurbished metal banded one.

So yeah, I went for the metal banded one, since leather is cheaper/easier to fit aftermarket if if turns out I don’t want the metal. And the metal band model was still well below retail, or other going prices online.

I hate to brag on cost, but I’d just bought a $300 retail watch that goes for around $150 average new online, for $85 shipped. The first leather band model was $56, when the refurbished one was available… So I did spend more than initially planned, but it was still a fantastic deal, and a better option on bands in the long run.
Anyway, yes I know, shut up AK and show us the damn watch. 😉

And in case you wonder where one wears a watch this shiny and fancy… I wear it everywhere and anywhere!

Thus shown by the spray expanding foam residue i got on it at work a couple weeks ago (couple months it might wear off). 😀

Categories: Citizen, EDC, Field gear, New Gear, Spring, Traditional, Watches

New knife! ( Schmachtenberg Bros. Germany)

New knife!

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Well, new to me… this knife hasn’t been new for a few years.

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Just look at the character in that bone!

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Medium sleeve board pattern, two blades, oppsing on a single spring, kind of a half whittler or large pen knife. The small pen blade is mostly intact, used and sharpened(and is sharp! Both bladed are.).

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The main blade is snapped off. And either it was snapped early in its life snd not used much after, or this knife never was used much… Whats left of the main blade is almost full height or close to it.
Knives of this age tend to be sharpened to 1/4 of their original blade profiles even if broke off.
Its rusty and grimy inside, I cleaned lint and some dried plant fibers out of it.. Been laying somewhere a while.
But the action is good, its not rusted up, just dry. Walks and talks.
Interestingly, the first 2 blade knife I’ve ever seen with a half stop on one blade but not the other. Pen has it, main doesn’t.

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It actually. might not habe been new for 133 years. Or maybe just 81 years. Schmachtenberg Bros. Germany , 1887-1939.

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I need to re-look at it, clean the tangs. If it doesn’t actually say Germany on it, it could be into the earlier half of its age… From what little info I could gleam online.

Categories: knives, New Gear, old tools, Pocket knives, Traditional, Vintage

Strange Case tang stamp. (mini copperlock)

Never realized this knife was like this, or if I did I didn’t realize how odd it is. My Mom’s mini copperlock that I got her about ~13 years ago. I borrowed it from her and carried it most of last week.

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Any of my other single bade Case knives have the brand/year stamp on one side of the blade, model # on the other (Multi blade knives put it on different blades.)

This is the only one I’ve ever seen with it all nested together on one side.

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Categories: Case Knives, EDC, knives, Lockbacks, Pocket knives, Sentimental, Traditional

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