Sunday, May 25, 2008

Pimpage...

More pimpage in the form of lanyards and cordwraps. What's so cool about the lanyards on the two knives is that (a) both require untying/cutting for removal, so they're semi-permanent, and (b) the one on the sheath knife was made from two strands--one green, one black, with a new knot (for me) -- the completion stitch. I think sometimes it's called the "half crown" or "inverted crown" knot. A big shoutout to Stormdrane is needed. Thank you for demonstrating this lanyard on your blog. It made it a lot easier for me. Also a big thank-you to the guy on the USN who gave me the hunting knife. You know who you are. I really appreciate it--and don't worry, I am going to keep your homemade deerskin sheath! It's just too cool not to:)
A pic of the three projects:



The hatchet handle was all my idea. Basically I toyed around with different ideas for a while and then tapped holes through the haft, using a brace and bit from our basement workshop. Then I wrapped it, found it too thick, removed it, gutted it, and rewrapped. Now I'm relatively satisfied. I may eventually remove it and use a longer piece of cord in order to make a wrist lanyard with the ends. In fact, I think I'll go do that now.

Till next time,
PMZ

New Gear....

Found some stuff while working on the Giant Church Yard Sale preparations and thought I'd set it aside to pay for it on the day of the sale. Included were some emergency candles, a small belt axe and a Sierra cup. There was more (like four giant reuseable food tubes, for storing peanut butter/butter/jelly etc) but I forgot and took the pic so here's the pic I have to show.




The hatchet I like especially because it's light and thin, and I reinforced the sheath with some waxed thread and added some paracord and webbing to secure it to my BOB.
Sierra cups are great because they're light but you can boil water in them, perfect for a morning cup of coffee before you hit the trail or a solo-kit for boiling water for noodles.
Food tubes are great because they allow you to take normally messy/PITA foods with you on extended trips into the bush, with minimal spoilage. What's even more awesome is that you can wash them out and use them again.
Candles--what more needs to be said? If SHTF these'll be in short supply.

Schweet!
PMZ

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Paracord Goodness....

Here's some stuff I've been working on recently:



The "Beetle" fobs in particular are something I'd never done before but now find myself doing more and more. They're even more satisfying to finish!

Good times.
PMZ

Friday, May 2, 2008

Gerber MP400 Black-Oxide (Multitool Review)

A while ago I bought myself a new multitool to replace my old Leatherman that I gave away. It's a black-oxide-coated version of the Gerber MP400 Compact Sport multitool.
Below are some pros and cons of this particular tool.

PROS:
  • Lighter and thinner than other Gerber-brand multitools.
  • Black-Oxide coating is nonreflective and tacticool.
  • Pliers are very easy to deploy-just grip the handles and snap your wrist. They'll slide out and lock into place automagically.
  • Is compatible with the Gerber Toolbox bit set.
  • Like all other Gerber tools, the MP400 comes with a ballistic nylon belt pouch.
CONS:
  • Not spring-loaded.
  • Slightly less sturdy than other models, torsion-wise.
  • Screwdrivers, shears, knife blade, and other tools are harder to get at than on other models due to the design.
  • Can be a pain to adjust.
Manufacturer's Product Page: GerberGear Compact Sport.
Price: Anywhere from 45-55.00 from various dealers. I got mine on Efunctional.com
Berserker's Overall Rating: 4 Stars. This is a great tool but has a few minor problems that may or may not bother you, depending on how much of a gear snob you are.

Great tool for a great price.
Go get one!
PMZ