I had just emailed 160 OT’s Occupational Therapists in the hope of finding one that could do a functional assessment for me and was taking a break and I always like to check out Dan Ward at Ochoco Bushcraft after dealing with medical issues rather than have a beer when dealing with the medical system. He was talking about having a backup buchcraft knife in a cross-draw rig on his latest video. He designed the knife with Sagebrush Customs to have a short blade but a full size grip which is missing on most neck knives.
It occurred to me that I had done something similar but had never thought of actually calling it a backup blade. I like larger blades as a primary 6 to 8 inches. I currently have a LT Wright Sospes on order with a 6 inch blade length. However I find when doing the normal bushcrafty jobs on courses a smaller knife length is handier for carving chores. So what I had done is modify the sheath of an ESSE RB3 to a cross-draw to carry on my left side for use with smaller jobs.
Has anyone else thought of having a similar system?
Taking a short break from carving to post pics. Seem to be able to take my time and concentrate more on Tramadol SR, at-least there’s less pain in the hands and no cramping. Walking up and down stairs to get these pictures is another matter entirely. I try and make time for at-least half an hour for carving to relax every few days. Its not like I need to use it straight away. I use carving and flint knapping more for meditation and like to take my time.
Its always a good habit to get into to touch up your blades after each day of use. Not only are they easier to sharpen before they are totally blunted but also to oil them to prevent rust. The last week I used the two larger blades in the pictures I ended up in hospital for a series of operations and never got back to them until today, 8 months later. Sharpening my carving knife reminded me to get them out and I have paid the price. They will now require much more work to get an edge back on them and a lot of TLC with steel wool and oil to remove the rust that has started to develop.
When I first wanted to try carving I searched for a traditional hook knife and found them at Cariboo blades. I asked Aki and Scott if you just had one hook knife in the bush what would it be and they made me the following blade. “Which has a medium size blade with a longer walnut handle. The blade has a little more hook. The steel is from spent lumber mill band saw blade (15N20)”. After double checking the sizing with Aki and Scott although I thought the timber was Yew. Ive had it for must be five years now and is still my favorite. If I’m carrying a carver in the bush rather than carry and entire tool roll of specialist tools I carry this one blade. I seem to get a lot more leverage if that’s the correct term, making it a lot easier for me to use with the damage I have in my hands. The edge is also sharpened on both sides for left and right handed use, but I like being able to change directions when making a spoon.
Haven’t been in the best of places since my Staffy passed in November. Been doing everything out of habit more than anything else. Fighting with the court system over a dodgy van build, the NDIS National Disability Scheme which seems to be a scheme in rorting the system more than anything else, working out at the gym almost every day to try and build back up the muscle Ive lost over the last year, made a new friend with cancer that Ive been trying to motivate and its ended up hes probably been motivating me more. Started drinking beer today and trying to carve my spoon project and stopped handling knives after the third beer. As I told my new mate I haven’t given up, just don’t give a f#k anymore. Selling my car and caravan and trying to buy a Mercedes Sprinter Van and live the van life for a while. I need a sea change. I write on the blog out of habit, I go to the gym out of habit and I give grief to government departments out of habit. Then I remembered something today. A promise that I made my self. It was 8 years Dec 3rd since my last transplant The NDIS said I can apply as many times as I like till Im 60. I’m not going to live that long, I know that. The week I got Tash she would tremble under the table just from me opening a rubbish bag she had been abused that much. Her back was fused from being beaten and her leg lame from being in a rabbit trap and crippled.Couldn’t even walk 50 feet. It took years of rehab to help her. I was driving interstate to do courses and went to let her out of the car to do her business and she backed into the corner of the back seat and wouldn’t come out. She thought I was going to dump her after ten years of being with me. Today I remembered that promise. I was going to hunt that c*^t down and work his spine with a hammer that did that to her before I croak. Brings a whole new attitude to life. You-tube clips have been popping up on my phone about adopting elder Pities that have been abused. Too early yet but thinking of fostering. Seems to be something I’m good at rehabilitating abused animals. I’m better with animals than I am with people.
Bushcraft Survival Australia is excited to announce that we will be hosting Dr Theresa Emmerich Kamper from the UK to run 3 specialist primitive skills courses (combined into a 7 Day course) at both our Coffs Coast and Victorian venues in August 2023.
This is something Id really luv to do. After today’s session at the gym I have a long way to go before I can get there. To think from leg pressing 180 kilo two years ago I can barely put weight on my leg on the bike and am doing under 10 kilo on upper body exercises. Building up 20 reps and four sets, so I don’t do any damage before increasing weight..8am every morning, now the work really begins. Meeting Theresa, good motivation to push myself harder.