Did some pre-season deer scouting today and noticed the trails were both overgrown and clogged with storm damaged trees. Spent several hours with my BK2 correcting this until I came upon this - kind of a big one for a 5" blade. The mess was about crotch high and me with my new shorts...
Decided what the heck and started in...
Whipped through the rest of the limbs in a few minutes and pulled the wreckage to the side...
Decided this next one was a bit beyond my scope though (that walking stick is about 5' tall). Maybe I'll come back with the BK9. :D
Actually, I've spent a little more quality time with her polishing since those pics were taken, mostly on the spine, but she'll always be a user no matter what. The use she got that put her in the "Before" state you highlighted took about 6 or 7 years of using it as a fireplace tool every winter, mostly batoning kindling to get fires started. Since the polish job, she's probably had at least as much use just in the tornado cleanup efforts here in North Alabama after the April storms. The aluminum (Sh@rp) scales came through without so much as a scratch, and the bit of wear the blade suffered was mostly sap and pulp that washed off with hot soapy water. The polish job made the knife much more "slippery" going through the wood, and the wood around here wasn't hard enough to put any noticeable scratches on the surface, so not only does the polish make the knife look better (depending on one's personal preference, of course), but it was a net gain in performance too. I've had pics of the dress-up all over this forum, and I seriously doubt if Ethan thinks I've done anything to lessen the "working man's knife" status of my BK9. Take a look here to see what kind of work this always-has-been-always-will-be working man's knife went through, and this coming winter, she'll settle back into her normal role as an every-day user for the fireplace. :thumbup: :D
Nice!! Looks like you had a good time. :D
Nice Flexxx!!!! Nice. :D
One of the beauty shots from my hike yesterday. More to come, I'll post in a separate thread.
For those who missed my mod thread, jimping, firesteel notch, billy can lifter notch, full convex, chopped the butt end off, made new handles from karelian curly birch, oiled with furniture oil (which consists of linseed oil and a few other ingredients)
Can anyone identify those mushrooms? They were everywhere, I found 3 more spots of them that were as big as this one. I was in a pretty remote area with no trails other than deer and boar runs, it's actually possible that they're edible and haven't been picked yet. Might be a good food source for the 48hrs challenge.
I was thinking of your photos when I took that one. The little voice in the back of my head said "take a fancy warrior-style pic" :D
Oh, btw, the shot of the knife on the moss is directly out of cam, no editing whatsoever. I love that little cam. Well worth the money.
Nice work on that 2 froiend!! Pictures are ok too.
Just eat them meat and see what happens.....
The scales are oiled with a furniture oil which is basically linseed oil with a few extra ingredients.
Congrats on the 5, buddy. We expect a review and pics, of course.
I'm uploading the video as I type.
There it is; well some/most of my review of it. The rest is in the pass a round thread. :D
Great video, buddy. I laughed at the heart-shaped transition thingie.
Just a quick one from the river yesterday. Waiting on my sis to send me our real pix from the camera. This is just a cell shot.