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Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude
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Friday, 15 February 2019

Today's Blade Fetish: The Tracker




I am trying really hard to like this knife - or the new breed of 'Trackers' as they are called - but I'm just not seeing it. That thing would be a royal PITA to sharpen, and yeah, I've seen the cool kids doing bush-crafty things with them like any other knife. I love the looks of them. The false edge appeals to me.

Variations of this concept get utterly silly.


That one might be good for digging a rock out of the ground for the fire pit, or maybe sticking it in the gizzard of some PANTIFA or Talibanger a-hole... but even then there are better knives for those too. This one doesn't even look good to my eye.



GAH - that one looks like the blade some stinky jihadi might stick in MY gizzard, HAR HAR HAR!!!


I am a man on a mission of late: I want to kit out my truck so that everything I need to go camping - is in the truck and ready to rip. I want my gear, my tarps and tent, my axe, a change of clothes - all duffelled and bagged up in the truck so that I only need to throw in a fart sack, a cooler of food maybe, and the guns and other stuff that I don't want to store there. After mentally futzing around with this project I realized that what I was essentially doing was preparing a Bug Out Bag - or a couple of them. I wanted to make sure I had a couple camp knives ready to too.

With all due respect to Rambo and the knife artisans - in thirty years of camping I've never needed a BMF survival knife (even though I had a couple). Those things are beautiful to look at, and scratch an itch in the soul - but for what I do - they're just dead weight. The knife I wanted, I realized - didn't exist. Or so I thought.


These knives are about twenty bucks off Amazon and with a little DIY they become real survival blades. I will whip the sheaths on mine with Fire Cord - the inner strands can be pulled to start fires and work even when wet - or you can use it for regular cordage. I've heard that the blades aren't that sharp - but they can be stropped to a razor with a little elbow grease. I will give 'er a go and let ya know how I make out. It's just a little project to keep the hands busy and fend off the cabin fever as we ride out the last of this cold spell.

Have a great Friday.

9 comments:

  1. The original Mora Carbon steel bait knife will do just fine. Wallyworld sells the stainless chinese copy in the fishing section for under 3 bucks. Cheap enough to buy a half dozen and it wont mater if one goes missing. Those top ones remind me of this kind of freak.
    https://www.tattoodo.com/images/0/121638.jpg

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  2. Keep us posted, as I'm a little interested in this. The Rambo style survival knives are neat to look at, but the practical side of me always prevented me from actually buying one. Just what the hell would I use it for?

    I'm not much for these do-it-yourself projects, but this one looks like it might have some practicality to it.

    Q: What's the bit with the vinegar and patina? What gives?

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    1. Patina = the fake look of age. The bit with the vinegar works on carbon steel, that one happens to be stainless, so I don't see the point. On a carbon blade you can give it the darker aged look by letting it soak in vinegar. A coating of mayo or mustard actually works better. As for the electrical tape to hold the other junk on it seems a bit amateurish. A three inch long piece of bicycle inner tube around the sheath will accomplish the same thing with no sticky gooey residue. As for the paracord it bulks it up unnecessarily.

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  3. Order is going in on Amazon soon as I finish up here, boys!

    I am going to go carbon steel so I can do the patina thing too. Something to keep the hands busy, and keep myself off the streets and out of jail... :)

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  4. I might be too late, but I suggest that after some heavy rusting, the stainless Mora is worth the couple of extra dollars, and get the one that has a sort of guard to keep your hand from slipping onto the blade.
    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T3DY8XK/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    1. The only issue with SS is that it don't work so well with a ferro rod if you care about that. Bick lighters work pretty good though.

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    2. Correct. I accidentally got the SS version and now it looks like I will have to improvise something to get the ferro rod AND the striker onto the sheath.
      The rotten wood begins to smoulder... M, have you any thoughts?

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    3. Like I said, a three inch long piece of bicycle inner-tube will slip over the sheath easy and you can tuck your accoutrements in there. Use the skinniest road-bike inner tube you can find. The inner tube is handy cause you can cut small pieces off it to aid in fire starting. As you got the stainless version, stuff a piece of hacksaw blade in there to use on your ferro rod. Strike anywhere matches inside one of those little aluminum key chain pill bottles is useful too.
      https://img.newfrog.com/products/1/3/1/131896/131896-6.jpg

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    4. Here, like this:
      https://youtu.be/0X5Dh5ua_x0

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