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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman

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Post by toms » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:19 am

Kephart Knife by Lon Humphrey – about $250 from
https://www.knivesshipfree.com/
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This interesting history is from the knivesshipfree web site.
Horace Kephart's book "Camping and Wood Craft" is one of my prized possessions. Will definitely need to grab his book if evacuating in the face of a wild fire.
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(about $325 if you can find an original book)

As we said in our last post, we can learn much from the "trio" of woodcraft tools carried by George Washington Sears (a.k.a. "Nessmuk") and Horace Kephart. Most of us, however, are more familiar with the now-classic "sheath knife" patterns associated with these iconic outdoorsmen, and that's what we'll talk about today.

From what we've been able to learn, there appears to be little dispute about the basic design of Nessmuk's sheath knife. It pretty much is what it is, as illustrated and described in Woodcraft -- "thin in the blade, and handy for skinning, cutting meat, or eating with."
These days it's become fashionable to refer to the Nessmuk pattern as a "bushcraft knife" -- which it isn't, really. In fact, it's a bull-nose skinner to which the woodsman applied his skills and experience to accomplish a wide range of campcraft tasks.
(By the way, there's a valuable lesson in that last statement. We'll save that discussion for another day.)
In Horace Kephart's own journals, it's obvious that he was an admirer of Nessmuk, going so far as to include a sketch of the "Nessmuk trio," complete with dimensions of the axe. It's interesting, then, that the familiar "Kephart knife" bears little resemblance to the blade identified with his predecessor.
The pattern generally cited as the definitive Kephart is the one advertised by Colclesser Brothers of Eldorado, Pennsylvania. It sported a spear-point blade in the four-inch range and a three-rivet wood handle. This, to a virtual certainty, reflected what Kephart referred to as "knives of my own design."
The ultimate corroboration, however, comes from a well-loved blade that belonged to the man himself, and from what he said in the first edition of Camping and Woodcraft:
"Its blade and handle are each 4-1/4 inches long, the blade being 1 inch wide, 1/8 inch thick on the back, broad pointed, and continued through the handle as a hasp and riveted to it. It is tempered hard enough to cut green hardwood sticks, but soft enough so that when it strikes a knot or bone it will, if anything, turn rather than nick; then a whetstone soon puts it in order."

"The handle of this knife is of oval cross-section, long enough to give a good grip for the whole hand, and with no sharp edges to blister one's hand. It has a 1/4 inch knob behind the cutting edge as a guard, but there is no guard on the back, for it would be useless and in the way. The handle is of light but hard wood, 3/4 inch thick at the butt and tapering to 1/2 inch forward, so as to enter the sheath easily and grip it tightly. If it were heavy it would make the knife drop out when I stooped over."
"This knife weighs only 4 ounces. It was made by a country blacksmith, and is one of the homeliest things I ever saw; but it has outlived in my affections the score of other knives that I have used in competition with it, and has done more work than all of them put together."
Today's knifemakers continue to draw on the Colclesser-Kephart, for good reason -- it's widely regarded as an excellent bushcrafter, a spear-point derived from the venerable Dadley pattern. But in the 1917 edition of Camping and Woodcraft, more than a decade after the title's initial publication, Kephart seemed to indicate that his head had been turned by another blade.
He described and illustrated the knife but didn't name the maker or the model. Most observers, both then and now, have been less coy, noting that it appears to be a Marble's Woodcraft.
Historians say that Kephart highlighted the Woodcraft under pressure from his publisher, George W. Brooks, who designed the knife. Marble's was one of his regular advertisers and...well, you get the idea.
(What -- you thought that "product placement" was a recent invention?)
Traditionalists remain adamant that Kephart always preferred the knife he designed himself, and we agree. So did the curators at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center when they assembled a 2004 exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Kephart's arrival in western North Carolina.
The only sheath knife displayed in that exhibit was the definitive Kephart spear-point.
Here at KnivesShipFree, we love learning (and sharing) this kind of history. Maybe the only thing we enjoy more is being able to carry a piece of that history on our belt.
For those attracted to the seminal pattern of George Washington Sears, Bark River Knives offers a limited-edition Nessmuk. It's worth mentioning that because of the way these knives were produced, each one is essentially a hand-made piece. It's a very cool knife, and we believe Sears would agree.
Over the years we've carried a number of modern-day interpretations of Horace Kephart's classic, produced by the likes of Bark River, Fiddleback Forge and, currently, Lon Humphrey Custom Knives.
Lon's hand-forged version may be as close as possible to the knife that Kephart had "made by a country blacksmith." We absolutely love this knife.
Finally, if you find Kephart's latter-day knife appealing -- the Marble's Woodcraft, conceived by George W. Brooks -- you're in luck. Bark River went back to the original 1914 designs, made a good knife better and produced the Trail Buddy. It remains one of our favorites.
See you on the Trail!
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman

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Post by toms » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:54 am

Work Sharp Ken Onion Electric Knife and Tool Sharpener

I may need to change my mind about using power knife sharpeners. I recently acquired a Ken Onion Edition Knife and Tool Sharpener.

I have only used it on the slow speed and have not had any issues. The design and the instructions implement all the concepts I understand about sharpening.

This might be the outdoor gift for 2017. I have seen it stocked wall to wall in the major stores like Cabela’s and Sheels. Price is $129 – 150.
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Text below from their web site.

Work Sharp teamed up with renowned knife maker Ken Onion to deliver the ultimate sharpening solution for your home or workshop. The Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener - Ken Onion Edition will sharpen every knife you own, quickly and easily.
Expertly designed features include:
• An adjustable sharpening guide to produce precise edge bevels from 15° to 30°
• Premium flexible abrasive belts to deliver a strong, long lasting razor-sharp edge
• A variable speed motor to handle every sharpening task, from grinding to honing

The Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener is designed to sharpen every knife you own. Using a fully adjustable precision sharpening guide, variable speed motor and wide, flexible abrasive belts, it sharpens pocket & hunting knives, serrated knives, kitchen knives and any other shape or type of blade you own. Professional blade makers like Ken Onion use flexible belts to put a razor sharp edge on their blades, now you can have the same technology in your home or shop. Work Sharp Engineered and Ken Onion Designed to deliver the pinnacle of knife sharpening.
The ¾" x 12" premium, flexible engineered abrasive belts* sharpen virtually any shape or type of knife blade and uses a precision sharpening guide to ensure that you get a consistent angle every time. The sharpening guide is fully adjustable from 15° to 30° so you can sharpen any knife to the angle you desire that best meet your needs. The variable speed control (1,200 SFM to 2,800 SFM) provides you with the optimal belt speed for the task at hand.
*The 6000 grit belt measures ½" x 12" for better contact with serrations, guthooks and other hard to reach edges.
See you on the Trail!
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman

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Post by toms » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:17 pm

"The San Rafael Swell is a very large anticline located in the very center of Utah.
I-70 cuts right through the center of the Swell and climbs up and over it.
The town of Green River in Utah sits along the east side and the tiny town of Emery on the west.
In between the swell extends 70 miles north to south and 40 miles east to west and forms a large kidney shaped fold in the Earth."
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A very useful book is the San Rafael Swell Off Road by Ed & Janice Helmick
Sub title: A trail Guide to 42 Destinations for Automobiles 4WD Trucks & ATV's
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A must have for the trip is the National Geographic San Rafael Swell Map #712. This map has a full UTM grid lines in both directions at 1000 meter intervals. It makes it easy to tell where you are or in conjunction with a GPS where you want to go.
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Both the book and map can be ordered as a package deal at
https://www.4x4training.com/w/product/s ... uide-book/
See you on the Trail!
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman

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Post by toms » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:29 pm

Coby Valve Stem

Valve Stems… Not a glamorous item or one that we think about very often, till we have to replace one.
The Colby Valve (https://www.colbyvalve.com) is a replacement valve stem that can be done with the wheel and tire still mounted to the vehicle.
We found it very easy to install, adding a little water to the valve stem allowed it easily slide into place. The entire thing took less then 5 min, to get up and running again.
Our real world testing consisted of 4-5 hours of off road driving, 40 miles of road driving aired down at 16PSI, and 265 miles of highway driving on hard tires.
I think this is a great product and highly recommend carrying one in your vehicle; they are reusable, if later, you change it out to a regular stem.


About $35.00 for a 2 pack
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Information from the website:
• NO TOOLS required!
• Installs from the outside of the wheel
• Installs in about 1 minute
• Fits standard .453 wheel openings
• 20X stronger than standard valves
• Available in 2-Packs
• Black, Red and Orange spacers available
• Quality 360 brass components
• Made in the USA
Tim Fallon (TF) had some more questions and reached out today to Colby and they got back to him very quickly.

TF: Are these DOT approved?
CV: DOT actually does not have specifications for tire valves, so there is not a way to get them DOT approved.

TF: How long can an emergency valve be used vs the other models?
CV: The Emergency Valve can be left in the wheel indefinitely, if desired. The creator of the Colby Valve has had Emergency Valves (early editions, too!) in the wheels of his truck for well over a year now. All of our valves can be used as temporary or permanent solutions, even though they are marketed in different ways. For instance, the Ultimate Valves are primarily used to replace standard valve stems before hitting the trails, to prevent issues up-front. However, some customers carry Ultimate Valves with them on the trail and treat them the same as the Emergency Valves, because they carry a socket wrench with them at all times. Let me know if you have any additional questions or need more information about any of the valves we offer!

TF: Do these works the same in subzero? Do they have any issues getting inserted?
CV:They haven't been tested yet in subzero, but all materials are rated to extreme temperatures, including subzero. Trucks on ice often break traditional stems, so we created Colby Valves to hold up better in that specific environment.
See you on the Trail!
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman

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Post by KK6DYO » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:11 pm

Please check me in tonight. I expect to make it to the OAUSA shack this evening, but may be a bit late due to a holiday work event.

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Post by KAP » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:07 pm

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My wife purchased this for me last Christmas. I like the electric smokers because once you set the temperature, you don't have to constantly monitor what is going on. Just add chips once in a while. I would highly recommend the Bluetooth option.
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