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    Fire Making Your techniques for fires in wet weather

    Food fires - in a pinch I have used a piece of dried spaghetti as a long "matchstick" to light a candlewick too deep to hit with a light or match-between-fingertips. Burns quiet well. In a situation where it's desperation, dehydrated pastas in those camping MREs ight be useful as a...
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    Fire Making Your techniques for fires in wet weather

    Really enjoy threads like this as they present ideas and options that I may have heard of and have no practical experience with (but others can share theirs), or they present concepts that are so simple yet elicit a "why didn't I think of that?!?!". Good stuff.
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    Fire Making Your techniques for fires in wet weather

    Like the corn oils? Don't they modify cars to run on that stuff?
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    Fire Making Your techniques for fires in wet weather

    A good sharp blade to make fine shavings with (and lots of 'em). Even wet wood will dry out and burn if you can make shavings like rice paper from it. The key is preparing as much of it as possible BEFORE that first spark happens. As long as you have a lot to feed it, you can slowly build a nice...
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    according to you, -20F in canada

    I think you described things that have all been done on the show. As for just sitting and staying warm all day? It doesn't make for good TV. Those people are chosen not only for survival, but because they can be entertainment by fully capturing and narrating their lives in the wilderness for the...
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    Why Does Everyone Think 1095 is Tough?

    Likely, but a 12-15 degree edge on a knife like that would be as ridiculous as a 40 degree on a chef's knife (if even possible on a properly thin blade. But yes on the question of "toughness". It's a REALLY weird analogy, but a good one I can think of is picking a car for a virtual racing game...
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    Why Does Everyone Think 1095 is Tough?

    The problem with threads like this is that they often blend the lines of reality, theory, philosophy, and can fully derail from the original intent of the post. Hell, I posted more than one thought in these forums where I VERY clearly stated that I was talking in hypotheticals and "what-ifs"...
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    Sharpening choil issue

    Do you know how to do it without ruining the knife? If you're thinking of modifying it this way and have the ability to do it right, I would say a warranty really should not be a worry.
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    The "Mini/Micro" knife discussion

    (borrowed pic) Carried since 1998
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    No clue

    A lot of people have a tough time holding a consistent angle relative to the stone throughout their sharpening stroke. You may need a little reminder, such as a chunk of wood dowel taped to the blade close to the spine. (Dowel thickness dependent on the angle you are trying to achieve). It can...
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    Corona virus face masks

    1. If you watch the video in my post, you'll see that the answer can absolutely be a yes. In the same way sneezing our coughing into a tissue or your elbow (with sleeves) can slow the spread of the rinovirus, even a simple cloth mask will do the same. 2. So if you're infected with no symptoms...
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    Corona virus face masks

    I appreciate your reasonable approach and response to this, but your post spells out one of the great misconceptions regarding masks: They are actually worn to reduce the transmission from an infected to a non-infected person, NOT to prevent a non-infected person from getting it (like a dust...
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    Corona virus face masks

    This country is in a civil war of intelligent versus stupid. And stupid seems to be winning. Am I the only one who is amazed at the sheer volume of non-doctors that exist who seem to know far more than all the doctors, the CDC, and scientists combined? It's like everyone is suddenly working in...
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    Corona virus face masks

    As cities reopen, cases are spiking dramatically in those cities. Very strange for a virus that is a "fake, scam, lie, hysteria, conspiracy, etc.".
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    Expensive knives that look significantly cheaper than their actual price?

    I'm sorry to sound like a d-bag, but that price makes no sense to me. I know what it takes to make a custom blade. This is not even $800 worth of custom blade (assuming collectors drove up the aftermarket price), much less $1,500. This one looks like a prison shank. $1,495
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    Expensive knives that look significantly cheaper than their actual price?

    I've had a black one on my keychain for 21 years. Holy crap, I'm old.
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    Reporting Clones

    Virtue signaling is strong in these threads
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    Reporting Clones

    China is not bound by US laws on counterfeiting. What benefit do you think will come of reporting to a Chinese company that another Chinese company is counterfeiting a product? The US isn't the world's lawmaker.
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    First knife

    Thank you for the compliments! It's 1084, primarily hand-forged with a little bit of "cheating" press work toward the end due to time constraints (two-day class my son and I took). The handle is desert ironwood with mandatory mosaic pins. The blade shape was just freeform. Our works-in progress...
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    First knife

    I've posted this as it progressed, and I think I can consider my first knife finally done. The knife has been completed for several months and was ready to have a sheath made when the pandemic hit and slowed things down. Well, it's finally finished and I couldn't be more happy (actually I am...
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