My CAK is my preference when out in the bush. I'm not sure if the grind on my M43 is off, but the lighter CAK out chops it :/ I've gotta do a bit of work on my M43 then I'll give it another whack. But I'd go with the CAK as a good all rounder.
I don't know what fossicking is, but if there's money in it I'll give it a go :) and I've never had vegemite on a burger, but hell, I'll give that a go too. ;)
And the rack looks great mate, give those khuks some well earnt breathing space :)
I prefer carved. I have a few that are dotted and one or two are kind of messy, surely it can't take THAT much longer to carve the kami mark in right? Is it a time thing or a tool/fatigue thing I wonder.
After I take my khuks out into the woods, I come home and clean them down with some methylated spirits and a cloth or an abrasive sponge, dry them off really well then coat some air tool oil on them, it's ascorbic so it sucks any moisture off the blade. Works a treat. And coat the wood with some...
Sorry to hear about your old man buddy. My grandad passed over Chrissy which was rough but time heals all wounds as they say.
I actually spotted one or two of your khuks/sheaths on that auction site everyone keeps talking about. You do some real impressive work. Keep it up and looking forward...