A couple years ago, I made this nice little tomahawk style carving hatched from an old lathing hatchet.
I never did finish it though, it had some sharp edges from the cutting process left under the blade. I couldn’t get at them with the grinder, with the handle it was on. And didn’t want to take it off the handle.
But that handle, while nice, was a bit small and short. Another project I have going, is re-hafting a bigger hatchet I have, since it’s handle had become loose(and was epoxy set so I couldn’t tighten it).
Once I had the handle off the hatchet, I realized that what was left, with a little trimming, would be perfect for the little hawk!
Not perfect, couldn’t go deep enough to take the whole cut out, didn’t want it any thinner.
Grinding is a little rough to look at, but is smooth to the touch. Was going more for function that visual form.
Again, not perfect, the shim stock I used as a wedge was a little soft, and flaked off the front edge. But it’ll work. It’s on there like it’s set in concrete! 😀
Except two small saw cuts, about 1.5″ each, one with the band saw, one hand sawn, all shaping was done with my laminated Mora 106 carver. Then some light smoothing with sandpaper–one spot, the wedged end of the eye was on the belt sander, you can see where it scorched. Otherwise sanded by hand. I’m really enjoying work with hand tools where possible lately.
Had a scrap of oak plank in the shop after another recent project. Also had a Y stick slingshot I’d started laying on the bench. Reminded me I’d wanted to do a silly board cut(as they’re called online, ie; cut out not a stick Y or fork) slingshot for a while.
So, being between projects… 😉 I grabbed a pen and various round items to trace radii, and went to drawing one up.
Jigsaw, drum sander, router and drill later; Plus cutting bands from a old truck inner tube… Some tiring and riveting too.
I’m not 100% fond of the joints to the leather shot pouch/grip, but it works. It was my third Concept, to get a solid low profile joint that didn’t tear out the rubber. It’s less low profile than I wanted. But, as I said, it works. If I can think of something else/better, I’ll try it…
What little I can shoot it inside the shop, it works great. Bands are a bit low in stretch, low power, but do work. If I can spare some cash, I might pick up better bands, if these prove to be too “slow” for my plinking needs. Might play with layering or tapering and length of inner tube straps too. 🙂
Will finish it later, when I can pick up some oil that I need for several projects I have ready for finishing/coating now.
I like it. Came out pretty good for a first non stick slingshot, if I do say so myself!
Been having the idea lately, related to having a couple Mora knives around, “just how much knife do I need?”
As in, I carry some pretty fancy traditional folders… but a blade is a blade. In the past I’ve carried a folding razor knife for years, and been pretty happy. Did find that I prefer a longer edge though than that, generally.
Larely I’m also like the idea of carrying a fixed blade, right now opening a folder in the cold/snow/gloves is being annoying.
But the low cost Mora is too big for easy carry. So I want a Mora, only smaller…
I thought I’d see what I could find fixed, small, low cost, just your general disposable who cares type knife.
First thought was a small steak or boning knife from Old Hickory. They’re great steel, a popular knife to modify for woods use.
Saw on a forum, a guy(in an amazing blast from the past, I knew this guy on another long dead forum about a decade ago!) using a Victorinox boning/butcher knife (sometimes called/sold as a “rabbit knife” ) as a small field knife. Small, low cost but Vics great steel. Nifty!
(Guys name is Spork, now on BCUSA, his pic, stolen by me.)
But it being a little bigger than what I’d like for a general use knife, I suddenly remembered some small Vic steak and paring knives we had when I was a kid. They were a great cutter, always wicked sharp, but small and light.
Turns out I’m not the first to think of them for out of the kitchen use. Someone had beat me too it in a way, they’re popular in some circles as cheap disposable self defense knives.
I find a knife(any knife) for self defense, quite honestly a stupid idea, but this helped because it shows these in nice sheaths! Kydex sheaths! More on that in a second..
For $5(inc. Shipping!) I can’t go wrong!
Amazingly a Victorinox paring knife costs less than an Old Hickory paring knife!
I can buy a kydex sheath for these things for from $20 to $35… For a $5 knife. I don’t think so Tim!
These are stolen from various places on the net… I’d give credit but can’t really remember where.( Kydex sheath for victorinox paring knife can be Googled, and should show where… that’s how I found them. )
I REALLY hate pressing kydex, but for $10 max in materials I already have, I’ll do it for this.
So, semi modular neck sheath will be seen here soon. Meant to do that in the shop last night but got side tracked.
And yeah honestly this won’t change what folders or anything else I carry or use… I like them, and that’s reason enough to use them.
But the thought concept/experiment of “all I need is sharp steel, not fancy steel” is fun to play around with every now and then. that’s how I got my first Mora years ago.
And I had previously been wanting a small light field fixed blade anyway, so I might be finding it. We shall see!
This really does seem great so far for a general utility blade, both EDC and woods.
3.25″ blade, 4″ish handle. Honestly still a little bigger than I had in mind. Seems they’ve changed in the last 20 years, little bigger than they used to be, maybe 10% or 15%?
With Spirit for scale;
Will see how it goes, I can always re-grind the blade, and trim the handle.
Blade is thiiiiiinnnnnnnn.
I thought it needed a fob.
Had this chunk of shimmery green acrylic pen blank in the shop, had previously made a bead from it, seemed fitting, so I made it one.
And no, none of it is zombie green…I HATE that fad! I just get tired of the cliche neon orange or red for outdoor visibility. Went with green for bright but Different. 😀
I’d decided that I need a new holster for my .357. (Vintage Ruger Security Six, 4″). Field holster I guess you’d say… I don’t concealed carry often anymore, just open carry for hunting/hiking.
Until recently I’ve done belt carry, have a great pancake holster from Simply Rugged that works phenominally.
But I can’t do belt carry anymore;
Problem #1, it kills my screwed up hips, and #2 at current weight loss level/clothing sizing, keeping my pants up is impossible with the weight of a gun…Hell, it’s hard enough without the gun. Lol. (belt tight enough to hold it all up, cuts into back/hips too much, back to problem #1)
I’ve tried regular shoulder holsters. No go. Got a leather Galco “miami classic” style for a full size auto, have had it a decade, worn it a total of maybe ten times.
Borrowed a buddies Uncle Mikes vertical nylon job for hunting last month. Wore it once. Rode ok once adjusted, but where it was secure and somewhat comfortable, I couldn’t reach the gun to draw it!
I’ve had nylon ones twice in the past before. Got a great vintage Bianchi leather job that a good friend gave me, but it’s too big for this gun(actually hoping to convert it to chest or bandoleer carry for my .41 mag Blackhawk ).
Anyway, I can Never get any slight semblance of comfortable, or secure, at the same time, and never an easy draw either way…
Add to that the layers of straps you get with the holster, a backpack, and a rifle sling while out and about in the woods… Just no. There’s too much of the world sitting on my shoulders anyway, don’t need to add more!
I’ve thought about a bandoleer setup, but that ends up on the hip cross draw… hard to reach (yes, I still have a bit of a spare tire to reach around, and add a heavy jacket, forget it!) and in a place that would interfere with backpacks, pack frames, and I think a slung rifle..
So, my last ditch idea is to attempt to try a chest rig…
They’re actually extremely popular up here in AK for bear country fishing, and some hunting.
Yes it hangs on shoulder straps, at least one..but the weight sits on the chest, not under the armpits. And it should pull on the back more than straight down on the shoulders.. I think. I’m thinking it will be more secure feeling and more accessible. And probably more comfortable, leave me some range of arm movement without under arm binding. (Hopefully!)
So, a couple weeks digging around, and some fantastic suggestions from friends on a forum, and I made a choice.
I ordered a holster last week. I’d seen these before, and looked at them off and on, but wasn’t sure.
But I decided for the cost –About $40– I couldn’t really go wrong.. If nothing else I could modify the snot out of it.
But really, I decided I needed something low cost to try, to see if chest carry was even the answer, without dropping $70 to $150 depending. Expensive risk, if it turned out chest carry wasn’t my thing.
So, the make is Skyball Mountain Holsters. Amazingly, made in USA. Only places I can find them are Facebook and Ebay, apparently it’s a small business, no dedicated website.
I dug around and found out that the current Ruger GP100 is super close in size to a Security Six, so I ordered the one for a 4″ barrel GP100.
It fits the gun perfectly!
(Being a open non formed holster, it actually fits All of my mid frame ~4″ hand guns almost perfectly!)
These are built a little different than the average chest harness. The average seems to be an around the body horizontal strap, then the holster sits on that or straps down to it. Then the shoulder strap goes over and attaches to the horizontal strap on your back.
This one is the horizontal strap, and then the shoulder strap goes around from the holster, and BACK TO the holster…
It works. But it adds another strap crossing under your arm, and for me it’s a bit uncomfortable crossing that high under my arm. (I’ve a bit of fat there and it presses in anoyingly)
But even having said that, this thing is SUPER comfortable!!
I threw it on with the 357 over a light hoodie a few nights ago, and went out and split a days worth of firewood. 45 minutes swinging a splitting maul, lifting, moving logs, etc. and I only had to reposition it a few times. That’s pretty upper body active, more so than any average time I’d normally be wearing a gun.
My only little problem is the way it sits, all the tension is pulling to the left side… The straps don’t hold it to the right if it’s pulled left. But it’s a left hand draw. So it drifts left during draw. Grabbing it with the right hand durring draw fixes it obviously. But I might not always have that hand free, so it needs a hold down strap on the right.
There is a loop on the barrel end of the holster (probably for a hold down), so adding a short cord, I’m thinking shock cord for a little movement, should be easy, run down to my belt.
One other thing, not really a problem, is the chest strap, on me, is extended almost all the way out. Not a design flaw, I’m just a big guy. So I’ll have to get an extension strap for wearing it over a heavy coat. It’s all 1″ strap, and all ends are held with SRBs, so it’ll be easy/cheap to add/remove as needed. The shoulder strap on the other hand, oddly has like another 10″ of outward adjustment, it’ll be fine.
Overall, I really like it. It works, and is verry comfortable.
As to mods, I’m trying to find the site I saw a T shaped side release buckle on recently…
It was simple the male or female side of the buckle, but the strap side had the slots on it at a 90 to the buckle… So you can slide it to any place on a strap and have the buckle T off. It was for camping/hiking packs, like to add a sternum strap or similar. Just can’t find it again!
Anyway, was thinking one of those or similar on the around the chest strap, put it in the back, and clip the shoulder strap into it, doing away with the under arm strap.
I’ll wear it/use it a while as is and if I don’t get used to that strap there, I’ll look into moddling it. But for now it’s fine!
Fat guy in a holster;
And the bonus, I can pick and chose what I want to carry;
Beretta Stamped SAA;
(3.5″ barrel us a little short in there, but I think it’ll balance ok/hang ok)
Browning BDM 9mm;
(Which is great for now since this is my usual winter woods carry gun. No bears then so I don’t need the .357 etc.)