by Michael on November 5, 2014
Hopefully by now you know the importance of having the right tool for the job. A drawknife is a woodworking hand tool that facilitates in the debarking and shaping of wood by removing shavings or larger chunks of excess wood. It is essentially a long blade with a handle at each end which is operated by pulling the blade along a section of wood towards your body. These blades allow a woodworker to quickly create complex curves and concaves in addition to straight cuts.
The drawknife is best suited for removing large slices of wood such as when debarking trees, creating billets for a lathe, or shaving like a spokeshave plane where quantity is more important than quality. A spokeshave is better suited for precise work whereas the drawknife is better suited for speed. Ever swung a cricket bat? Chances are good a drawknife was use in creating the curve of the bat. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on October 7, 2014
The heat treatment process is arguably one of the most key steps in the process of making a tough, reliable knife. Without proper heat treating, the knife would probably fail at some point during its intended use and edge retention will suffer. Possible setbacks in using such a knife would include brittleness and inability to withstand abrasion and physical impacts, resist deformation due to thermal shock, withstand compression forces or even the inability to retain a usable edge.
What is Heat Treating?
Although the phrase heat treatment may suggest that this process involves the simple process of heating the knife’s blade, the cooling aspect is just as important in the process. In fact, this may be the most important aspect in the entire craft. The way you cool the blade after heating it will determine whether you will get the desired properties in the blade, negative properties, or none at all. Obviously, the temperature to which the steel blade is heated will also be an important factor in process. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on September 10, 2014
The Yellow Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Salt with plain edge and practically rustproof H1 stainless steel has dropped to $41.87 from Amazon. That’s the Dragonfly Salt’s lowest price on record from the online retailer for this particular model and the lowest I have ever personally seen any version of the Dragonfly selling for, aside from used auction prices or forum sales.
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by Michael on September 9, 2014
In order to improve your chances of survival in times of crisis, it is very important to wear the proper type of footwear. Poor footwear can restrict your movement to a significant extent. When seconds matter high mobility is everything.
In addition, you will lose a lot of heat through your feet if the shoes you’re wearing are not properly insulated. Not wearing the right kind of footwear during times of disaster can lead to a host of potentially life-threatening problems ranging from cuts, bruises, sores and infection. In extreme conditions the complete absence of footwear could be a death sentence.
Keeping that in mind, here is a summary of important factors to consider when choosing a new pair of survival footwear. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on August 28, 2014
Today I am reviewing the Lansky Turn Box Crock Stick knife sharpener (model LCD5D with 4 ceramic rods); one of my favorite sharpening systems for its quick touch up ability, ease of use and portability for carrying in the field. Despite my best efforts, I have never been skilled at manual sharpening with a whetstone. Countless hours of practice have mostly lead to inconsistent sharpness, incorrect edge angles, wasted time and much frustration. This simple little $12 sharpening system from Lansky can alleviate all those complications.
The Lansky Turn Box is a very affordable, compact, quick and easy to learn sharpening system. Those of you familiar with the Spyderco Sharpmaker will notice many similarities between these two rod-based sharpening systems. They actually complement each other quite well. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on August 16, 2014
Lubrication is of prime importance to prevent the failure of folding knives, tools and other mechanical devices that create friction. A good knife lubricant applied to the pivot can even make stiff blades much easier and smoother to open or close. For my money Nano-Oil (Link) has been the best product for this purpose. Nano-Oil is a premium lubrication option with a price tag to match, but the performance and advantages it offers over other oils is worth the added cost. If you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on folding knives a high quality lubricant is also a must to keep their pivots smooth, free of rust and operating at optimal performance.
To cater to this particular need, a number of industrial and armament grade fluid and dry lubricants are available in the marketplace. Of these, there are many which are preferred as lubricants for application in the pivots of folding knives for smooth blade deployment. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on August 8, 2014
The Kershaw CQC-6K I ordered last week finally arrived. Now it’s time for an unboxing. The CQC-6K came in a very nice box with the Emerson skull printed on the top of the box. It states “Designed by Emerson” and “Built By Kershaw” on the side, giving a clear indication of what to expect.
Along with the typical paperwork Kershaw has included a packet containing three additional screws. The hardware also happens to be standard Phillips and flat head screws instead of torx. A nice touch. I wish more makers would do this, especially with budget knives as it’s not uncommon for these “economical” blades to include somewhat soft screws and hardware that can be easily stripped. Not fun when this happens, but at least you’ll have replacements on hand. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on July 30, 2014
The CQC-6K, which was just recently released by Kershaw, has been in my shopping cart for a few weeks now. I have never owned an Emerson knife before so a budget model folder with their design really intrigued me.
This morning I wake up, head on over to Amazon and find it has dropped in price by about $10 from an already good deal of $35. That’s what I consider too hot of a deal to pass up. I had to jump on it. There are only 5 left in stock after I bought one, so hurry over if you want to get your own before the price goes back up. The price of the Kershaw CQC-6K has been fluctuating greatly, but this is the cheapest I have seen it yet.
Look forward to a review within a month or so.
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by Michael on July 29, 2014
If you are a knife connoisseur then you’ve most likely heard of the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 folding knife. It’s no secret that the Para 2 has easily become one of the best reviewed, most popular and fastest selling folding knives on the market by both users and collectors alike.
What is it about this particular knife that makes it so special? A handful of unique design features, quality build materials and improvements over the original Paramilitary help explain why it has become a must have for all knife enthusiasts wanting a larger sized folder for everyday carry.
Lets take a quick look and discuss the various reasons for its ascent to the top of an evergrowing pile of high quality EDC knives.
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by Michael on July 21, 2014
The Kershaw Skyline (available here) is a flipper many of you are probably very familiar with already. It’s the favored EDC knife of countless users who are constantly singing its praises. Seeing as how I already have a very good EDC blade I had been putting off purchasing the Skyline. Well, now I finally have one of my own and I would like to share the unboxing and my first impressions of this hallowed and extremely popular EDC knife. Let’s open it up and see if all the hype is merited. Continue reading this post ➜