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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Spyderco Bushcraft Knife Sheath

Spyderco launched a bushcraft knife earlier this year and I was lucky enough to pick one up recently. It's a beautiful design with spalted maple handles and made in 01 steel. It feels great in the hand and looks trult stunning, not to mention being razor sharp. One thing that I did want to change was the sheath, the original being a little wide for my camping trips and lacking a firesteel holder. So I set about making my own traditional bushcraft style sheath.

The process started with a template that I have used on other bushcraft knife sheath projects and that I modify to suit by eye. I then cut out the leather and two welts to provide the correct width for the knife handle (thick in this case) and to allow the firesteel loop to be added in. I use a selection of implements that are cheap but made for jobs such as stitch grooving, stitch marking and edge finishing. These small tools make the job of making a sheath much easier and were sourced from a company called Le Prevo.

Once the sheath leather is cut, the firesteel loop is wet-formed and the holes drilled with a 1mm bit on a press drill, the process of stiching and gluing with Impact adhesive begins. I prefer a snug wet-formed design, with a lanyard hole and belt dangler that allows you to sit down without the knife handle digging into your side.
I finished the sheath with Fiebings Dark Brown Leather Dye and a coat of carnuba wax. The knife fits in a treat as does the Light My Fire firesteel and can be turned upside down without fear of either falling out to the ground.
I'm looking forward to using this knife on my next camping trip.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The first bike camping trip of 2010

As the weather has been a little colder than usual, planned attempts to venture out on the bike have been thwarted at the last moment by 50 year record snow and cold temperature events. As you know motorcycles and ice don't generally mix (steel-spiked tyre snow speedway bikes aside) so even the mighty BMW GS has to make way to four wheel drive occasionally. This past weekend and with Spring on the horizon the clear roads made a camping trip possible so it was back to our favourite Scottish camp site.

The rourte on the bikes took us up to Stirling, Killen and over the snow covered hills to Aberfeldy. From then on it was back down the road to Crieff and a nice days/evenings camping with a friend in the Tentipi. As you can see from the image, the snow was piled high at the side of the road by snow plows and at one stage was literally higher than both of us riders on our motorcycles.

During the trip I had a good chance to try out collecting some firewood with my new aptly named Spyderco Hossom Forrester. With it's green micarta handles and a razor sharp 10" blade, the Spyderco made a good alternative to the axe for gathering and chopping smaller pieces of fallen branches making an ideal camping companion. It would go through an inch thick piece of wood in one chop or something much larger if required.

It was great to be out on the bikes and we even stumbled upon an excellent horn craftsman's store on the road to Aberfeldy from Killin. I was very tempted to strap an Antler on the back of the bike and the craftsmanship of some of the goods in his shop were outstanding. I suspect that's why Mr Cameron Thomson has been there so long.