Saturday, June 21, 2014

knife hacks


KNIFE HACKS

Okay, here I am Friday morning, my once laser sharp focus, quick wit and incomparable intellect reduced to a puddle of oozing incompetence.  I got nothing for articles for pre-posting the weekend.  As you all know from endless monotonous repetition, I can out-write almost anyone in the time frame I’m allowed, but I MUST have an idea first.  So I’m reduced to the worst kind of time wasting activity outside afternoon TV judge shows, cruising E-Bay for land sales and watching U-Tube instruction video’s ( just to reflect how unfocused I am ).  Nothing on E-Bay, other than to report the supply of junk land seems to be shrinking.  I wouldn’t wait forever.  Also, a great five acre lot here in northern Nevada for a mere $6k financed.  It is even close to the Little Humbolt river.  The catch is, it’s 40 friggin miles from Winnemucca.  Good luck on that commute.  But then I come across a knife sharpening video.  Russian Knife Sharpening, or some such.

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He does the now standard improvised sharpening by using the underside of a ceramic mug, using the ring of unglazed material.  He also shows how to use two knives to sharpen each other ( looking like the butcher knife/sharpening rod action where both hands are moving at an angle ), but warns without the proper angle you will dull them.  He DOESN’T show how to achieve that, not that I could see.  But another technique is to use the top of an automobile side window.  Lower the window and use the top edge, the frosted part.  This might be a neat piece of sharpening improvisation come the collapse and the number of junk cars out there ( better to use them for solar heating/cooking, but you might have enough for both ).  On another video, a guy was claiming he has kept the same disposable razor blade going for nearly two years by rubbing it backwards up the back ( one assumes because it is hairless ) of his arm ( the dull side, not the sharp one, being drawn up ).

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11 comments:

  1. Keeping your own blades sharp is important and if you get good or have a talent it could be a nice side business.
    What about basic medical supplies from improvised sources? (boiled linens for bandages, septic powder from baked DE, etc?)
    What other improvisations can one do that could be used both directly and as a side business during the collapse?

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    1. Can you tell us more "septic powder from baked DE"? Is swimming pool DE baked? Could you use that, or is food grade needed?

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  2. Article ideas:

    How to discourage friends and family from moving in during TEOTWAWKI.

    The pros and cons of underground living.

    Conserving water tips.

    Why bother preparing for TSHTF. Why not volunteer for the stew pot.

    Security issues for rural living when you are single.

    When the balloon goes up, what are the very first things you should do.

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    Hope this helps.

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. It does help. My idea well was dropping to dry. Thanks!

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    2. Good list IH. There's plenty for Jim to work from there though I will admit I thought it was a joke on him at first.

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    3. Nope, no joke. I thought they would be good topics that James and only James could address.

      That's why I love reading this blog. He keeps it real and can cut through all the nitty gritty and talk about what we all want to know but because we are so busy pretending to live the middle class life style, we are too embarrassed to ask.

      Idaho Homesteader

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    4. I went with the "why not stewpot" question ( posted tomorrow or next day- I lose track ). If I didn't satisfactoraly answer, please say so. I left it written with that knawing feeling I should have addressed it differant. I'll use more article ideas- thank you

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  3. Improvisation is the name of the game James, and there are some pretty helpful tips included here.

    If nothing else, it can't hurt to have a few of those simple sharpeners on hand, of the variety that you simply run the bade through them, and angle is pre-determined. Something like this:

    http://www.budk.com/product/Sharp-N-Easy-2-Step-Knife-Sharpener/159370.uts

    A few Arkansas stones would be useful as well. My father gave me his worksharp sharpener, and it works great. I'm no expert on knife sharpening, and this device makes getting the angle just right. A leather strop with the sharpening compound works great to maintain an edge on knives of high quality steel. That's how the straight razors are maintained for sharpness.

    Slightly off topic, but the knife in the link below is great for someone that always wants to have a knife on hand, but wishes to be discreet about it. It's cheap enough that you won't be out much money, even if it sucks. Not for heavy utility use, but better than nothing. There is a heavy duty all steel version, but I was unable to find it this morning?

    http://www.amazon.com/Iain-Sinclair-Cardsharp2-Authentic-Folding/dp/B008QB68R4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403538257&sr=8-1&keywords=iain+sinclair+cardsharp+4

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    1. I ordered the credit card knife. You're right- it might prove BTN. Thanks for the link.

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    2. Anytime James. Boker has one as well, but it's around $25.00. Had I known, I'd a just sent you one as a gift. Can someone purchase something to your Amazon account, even if it's not on your wishlist? I looked before, and didn't see the option?

      In either event, I'll bet this is something that would tickle you fancy:

      http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Credit-Card-Wallet-Light/dp/B0055S41CA/ref=pd_sim_hi_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1CYVSJX4Z317PG5W3BB1

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    3. I think to buy for someone you'd have to manually enter all info. I appreciate the interest. If you really must, and I insist-ONLY if you haven't bought books from me or donated or otherwise already supported the cause- you can get the info from my contact page and send c/o FISH.

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