New ice tent fix & first ice fishing of 2017

Last summer a buddy of mines neighbor gave him an ice fishing tent… Brand new, in box. The guy had got it as a gift or something, and didn’t need two.. something like that IIRC. But unfortunately the guy was a little drunk when he was giving it away, and insisted on showing my friend how to set it up. 


Uhuh. Broke two poles in the process. And I’m really not sure how… These tents are so simple and idiot proof.. well, I guess not drunk proof.. lol. 

These things operate on a simple tension system, a X of poles, anchored at the outer corners of each wall, and the roof, a pivoting hub in the center attached to the wall. The X is a few inches bigger than the dimensions of the wall, so when you snap it out rigid it bows the wall out against the pressure, and it pops into place and stays under the tension. Super slick and easy. 

He managed to snap off two of the poles from one hub, snapped right at the end, flush with the metal pivot ends that fit in the hub. 

My buddy doesn’t ice fish(yeah, a weirdo, I know…), so he gave me the tent.  I just got around to going and getting it from him a week ago yesterday. 

New poles I found are $10 each plus shipping. They’re 49.5″ long, I hate to think what shipping to AK was going to be. But I figured there had to be an easy fix. 

My buddy thought PVC pipe over the breaks. I can’t remember seeing PVC that small. (3/8″ ID for the pole, 1/2″ ID for the end fitting.)

And I was hoping to not buy anything 😉  

I took it apart and took the end pieces out, headed to the shop. 

I had a plan, would just make a sleeve to join them, set screws to hold them in, long over the pole side for support against it torquing out, or snapping again. 

Didn’t have any aluminum big enough dia, that wasn’t 2″ Dia, so I used a scrap of bead stock brass. Ended up 5″ each sleeve, bored through at 0.375″ and counter bored on one end at 0.5″. Cross drilled, and tapped 6-32 for some brass screws I had. Cross drilled through the end fittings (aluminium), and ran the screws through instead of just against them. 

When you break a fiberglass rod, as you know if you have ever broken a ski pole or tent pole, it “blooms” on the end, sort of a spreading, or swelling to larger dia.

That made it perfect, I fed the fittings over from the opposite end, and it formed a press fit over the expanded area, I had to drive them on, down to the right length to end at 49.5″. Perfect! 

First assembly I had the end of the sleeve too close to the cross pin the ends pivot on in the hub, it wouldn’t fold. Went back and trimmedthem down a touch, now they’re fine. 

Sorry, only took pics after it was back together… In place, and in use;

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That was a week ago today. I’d been needling another buddy about going fishing some time soon on that Sunday. Day after I fixed this he sent me a message, lake name and date.  😀 This last Saturday. 

So, we’ll before first light we loaded up andheaded out;

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Two hour drive to the lake, short hike across the lake, we’re set up just after dawn. 3.5 hours of fun later; (yeah, so much fun I never stopped to take pics!)

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Little silver salmon. (Stocked lake). We had hoped on some big lake trout or pike that are usually easy in this lake, but they weren’t biting. I ain’t complaining! It was still great!

I came home 1 short of the daily limit! I’d caught 6, but put 1 back. Another guy caught 5 or 6 he kept. The other guy got 4 that he kept, but has a freezer full of salmon, so he let me have them. Had lots more bites we missed, and some that got off half way up etc.. Good times! 

We didn’t freeze either, and actually fished comfortably outside the tent, only setting it up with the buddy heater to wam up once. 5F with a 5 to 10 mph wind. Dreamy weather for a first trip of the season. (Always a bitch to acclimate yourself to the ice, wind, andfishing at -20F for the first trip out! 😉 )

I gotta say that little Victorianox paring knife is THE sweetest fish cleaning knife I’ve ever had. Thin narrow Wicked laser sharp blade, and a great grippy handle. Love it!

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Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Fishing, GetOutdoors, Good Friends, Good Times, Ice Fishing, Improviser, knives, MacGyver, Modifications, Outdoors, Winter | Leave a comment

Single Cell CR123 Flashlights

Put this together last week for a thread at EDCC about single cell CR123 lights, just realized I should put it here too. 🙂 

My most used(also oldest) and favorite of my three single cr123 lights, has to be my Jetbeam BC10. Simple two modes, (no freaking strobes) perfect for averages spaces on low, and while its a moderately low turbo mode for these days, it’s eye shattering enough for pitch black times. 

This light is just bombproof, and comes back for more! 

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Next up is the Rofis JR10, with what has to be oneof the coolest light features this decade, the infinite angle head, which I love for hands free lighting. 4 modes from comfortable in small spaces, to eye splitting in almost any space, almost always plenty of light. Love the mode memory, No strobes, and fast easy side switch to change modes. 

It loses a couple points for its length to carry, and weight– both from the longer rotating head. (And maybe the custom brass body 😉 ) But all three of these get carbine red more than pocket clipped anyway, this one being the only one I pocket carry, and it is OK that way. 

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The third is my custom built Solarforce L2M withthe 1xCell body tube. 3 modes, reverse cycle orderis hard to remember after other lights, h-m-l, but it’s a good range. Once again, love no strobes! This is my extreme cold, big and easy to grip with heavy gloves light, doesn’t get carried many other times, it’s just so Huge for the average day, and forget pocket clip carry! Wider floody beam probablyhelps make up for it, but I never notice…

Also love caribiner carry, with that sith like evilchrome bezel on it, I always feel like I’m packing a lightsaber around!

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Categories: Uncategorized, Usage Reviews

Time in my pocket…

New watch arrived this week. Have wanted this one for a while, but always put off getting it for something else. 


It’s a pocket watch, but it’s a bit different than the norm. 

Closed;

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Partially open;

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Open;

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The release is a pull button, not a push. Pull to in latch, and the inner watch swings out. Mechanical movement,the back of the inner case is windowed to see it run. 

I’m just a bit underwhelmed…. I figured it was the size of an average watch, the movement/inner part smaller to compensate for any increase in the case. 

And honestly I didn’t think it would be any bigger, just assembled different… But it is bigger. 

The diameter is about the same as an average watch, even smaller than my open faced one. 

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But the thickness is substantially more. And it’s HEAVY. That outer case is a Super solid casting! Not quite sure if it’s going to comfortably carry, but I’ll give it a fair go! 

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Otherwise it’s great though!  🙂 

Categories: EDC, mechanical, New Gear, Pocket Watches, Watches

EDC, Several years in review.

I tend to do these comparisons about this time every year or so and for a while I was doing them every 3 and 6 months.. I tend to try for a pocket dump from the same date, a year off, or same day of the month… 

I could post a lot of older comparisons, but for simplicinty, I’ll do Mid november, closest date possible, last few years.. 

For fun though;
Summer 2007;

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January 2008;

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Ok, so, Thanksgiving week, more or less;

Closest I can get for 2012 is in September, the 27th. Didn’t get into pocket dumps till after that, the next summer.. Ironically I think my most progression was in late 2012 and mid to late 2013… so doing a comparison for this time of year misses some progression. 

Anyway;

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Nov 23rd 2013;

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Nov 23rd 2017

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November 20th, 2014;

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Nov 20th 2015;

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Nov 21st 2015;

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Nov 21st 2017;

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Nov 22nd 2017;

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Nov 24th 2014;

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Nov 24th 2015;

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Nov 24th 2017;

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Nov 28th 2015;

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Nov 27th 2016;

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Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, Uncategorized

EDC mid October to mid November 2017

Pocket dumps and knife pocs taken in the last month. Oldest to newest… 

Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, Hanks, knives

A new idea; cord or zipper pull ends. 

Had this thought while turning beads last night, I’ve seen others do this,  and I used to do a few when my beads included modified cartridge cases.  Bored one end of a pair of my medium sized aluminum beads out larger.  Forms a snug fit over a knot tied in a single strand of u-gutted 550 cord.  

(Yes I know I need to re-trim the flash on those holes… I somehow missed it before polishing them.)

I need to play with the hole size. See if I can get one big enough in this metal stock, to fit over a knot of two strands of gutted 550. So that they could be put on loops of 550 cord.

  I know I can fit that into my magnum beads, but I’m not sure it can fit in this “large” size and leave material for much of an outer design. 
 Also need to try it in my “small” sized beads, a hole size combo that will fit micro cord knots. 

Categories: Adventure Metal Works, Aluminum, Beads, EDC, Fabrication, Frigid-Metals, New Products, Products, Prototypes

Beaded shop side tracking… 

Went to the shop to do a few things last night, only got one done. I got side tracked with other ideas… “What ideas?” you ask? I’m glad you did! 🙂








Coming soon to a sales page, to be announced soon as well. 🙂

Categories: Adventure Metal Works, Beads, Brass, Custom, EDC, Fabrication, Frigid-Metals

New utility knife. 

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. 😀  

Categories: Custom, EDC, knives, Modifications, New Gear, Outdoors, Theory/Thoughts, Winter, Woods tools

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