Worm’s Eye View of Infinite

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Morning Sun

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Too Tired…

…To keep our heads up!DSCN9982

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Pleeease…

…Can I have a cookie?DSCN1259

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Golden Autumn Days Along the Canal

Some of my fondest memories: biking with Ty and Jonesy. IM001437IM000150

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“Explore Me”

Roads like this, no tracks, no utility poles, beg to be explored – preferably on foot.IMG_3295 IMG_3324

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Creating the Edge on a CRKT Tomahawk

When the CRKT tomahawk (Chogan model) arrived I never expected it to be sharp… it wasn’t.  Also as expected, the edge geometry was way off.  Far too abrupt.  Dull stuff works horribly and is downright dangerous.  I don’t think the companies think you’ll use the tools as is out of the box. Unless high-end crafted, most companies don’t handle and ship razor sharp axes.

When I get a new tool, I know I’ll have to do the edge myself.   Blunt abrupt angles are for splitting and if I’m going to split anything of consequence, I use a maul.  They don’t bite, it’s not what they’re made for.  Axes and smaller?  I want bite.

The shape of tomahawks make them terrible for splitting anything.  They’re like Estwing axes only worse, great for limbing, terrible splitters.

I’m pleased to say, I’ve reworked enough edges that I’m okay with the grinder now. Using smooth, even strokes I first thinned out the thick area behind the edge.IMG_3383cropTo keep heat minimal, I switched sides frequently while working sometimes pausing to also let the grinder disc cool. Once I’d thinned the blade, I gradually moved towards the edge. Where the metal is thin the risk of over-heating is much greater so I worked with quick strokes. Once at the edge itself, I only took one careful swipe. I’ll use a whet stone just briefly to remove the bur, though it’s sharp enough that with the naked eye looking straight on in strong light, it’s hard to see the edge. Grinder marks came out even and straight.  Nowhere did the metal blue or burn.  Both sides are fairly consistent:
IMG_3387By the way, you can see there’s a false edge below the main one. I did not sharpen it. While it would have a certain zombie butchering panache, in practical terms, a sharp edge there seemed a great way to end up with cuts while camping.

Now whether I’m limbing a tree laying across the truck’s path, dispatching zombies or just running noisy campers out of earshot, this is the edge they’ll face.  ;)IMG_3390

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Biking Memories of Spring & Ty

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Lure of Jeep Trails

Truck full o’ gear & dogs with a remote jeep trail ahead got me grinnin’ in October 2006.DSCN1948a

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Best Red Meat I’ve Had

January of 2013 a coworker gave me shrink-wrapped venison a friend of his had hunted.  As I mentioned in a previous post, it was extremely lean.  I had to add oil to the pan to cook it. I expected it to be tough as lean beef so often is but it practically melted in my mouth.  I could almost cut it with a fork.  Here are two shots of the different cuts I was fortunate enough to receive.  Check out how dry the pan is.  Nothing lives as free range as wild game.DSCN0014 DSCN0016

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