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Mystery GAW/Challenge

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Crazy Canuck, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Helping me out in the dungeon...stripping the bark from some green Olive logs...the tree was around 50 yo...going to wax the ends and put it away safe to season for turning/carving...lot o work but I think will be worth the effort....nothing to lose and everything to gain
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  2. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    My knife went last minute shopping with me for a few odds and ends. Did not cur anything today.... I did, however score the last can of spam at Walmart. Lots of people stocking up on everything. I just grabbed some odds and ends.


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    I also grabbed a bottle of Flinstones vitamins for my 10 year old....apparently he will only eat this specific kind....ir had to be regular flavored Flinstones in the chewable tablets....

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  3. Night Rider

    Night Rider Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2018
    Day one started out easy by making short work of the bird seed bag [​IMG] Then day 2 and 3 It helped me me break down a stack of boxes and prep some dinner. [​IMG] And on day 4 and 5 it earned its keep by opening and breaking down a pallet of 8 foot LED lights. [​IMG] Today it's still sharp as hell and has developed a little character with its blade scuffs and some nice pocket swirls. I have to thank the Op for a fun GAW and helping this little knife find a new permanent home in my pocket. [​IMG] And to end on a good note I broke out my Stockman to open up a light fixture box while I talking to the owner of the company I work for and she commented on what a good looking knife it was. She never said that when I was snapping my Kershaw Blur open, She hates All guns or anything stabby looking :confused:.
     
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  4. JaxBaron

    JaxBaron Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 4, 2016
    Not much cutting tasks today. But I did snap a picture of my seahorse with a weird face in this plywood grain.o_O.

    My thoughts on the seahorse are pretty much the same as they were on Sunday. The handle is not that comfortable, and the main blade is pretty thick for my taste. I do think the seahorse is a very attractive pattern. It was a fun challenge and I’m happy I participated. Thank you for a great time Mike. Now to put this thing back in its drawer. :)
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  5. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    I'm feeling like I'm not contributing here. I can even keep up with the thread. And it won't get better before Sunday. Since I'd feel bad taking a prize, I want anything I win to go to Ed. I'm going back to my entry post now to make that edit. Great GAW, and great job guys.
     
  6. sunknife

    sunknife Gold Member Gold Member

    844
    Nov 28, 2018
    I made it thru 5-1/2 days with only the Rough Rider copperhead. I cut sheet plastic, opened a couple tubes of caulk, broke down a couple cardboard boxes, sliced an apple a day plus some sausage for jambalaya and also a pizza much to the wife's amusement. It performed just fine on all of those simple task. Today I split some wild turkey primary feathers for arrow fletching. I would say it did just ok using the thinner and narrower clip blade of the two for this task but not nearly as neatly and straight as a sheepsfoot blades does. All in all for such an inexpensive knife it makes a pretty good pocket companion.
    I like that it has no half stops and the opening and closing action is very smooth. Pull on both blades are perfect for what I like, not too heavy or too light and have excellent snap both on opening and closing.
    It rides in the pocket well and I like the feel in hand as well as the size, neither small nor large.
    Blades arrived very scary sharp right outta the box. Aesthetically, I like the bone, bolster, shield and overall look of the knife.
    I'm not crazy about the looks of the match strike nail nicks though.
    There is a bit of a gap between one spring and liner and the springs don't ride perfectly flush while closed or open, not a big deal to me in a cheap knife as long as everything else functions well.
    Thanks for putting on this fun GAW challenge Mike, I enjoy being a participant and it made for an interesting week.:)
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  7. sunknife

    sunknife Gold Member Gold Member

    844
    Nov 28, 2018
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  8. Neko2

    Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 18, 2003
    Sorry for my lack of updates. Work is all a twitter about corona, and since I workat a medical industry company, it's all the worse.

    My knife has been riding with me the whole time though and even been fiddled with once or twice on a lunch.

    Maybe I can bust it out moving some furniture tomorrow.
     
  9. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    I didn't take any new pictures, but I carried my Aitor Castor this week alongside my usual carry, a stag covered Northfield #73.

    A couple of observations. I really like the leaf shaped blade. It's not as fetching as a well-done clip point or wharncliffe, but for using I don't think there is anything better. It has the easy, controllable point like the wharncliffe/lambsfoot, but has just enough belly to improve its cutting ability.

    Second, as one who prefers a single blade slipjoint more than any other, carrying a second knife is serious overkill. I don't know how you guys do it, but I'm going back to carrying one knife.
     
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  10. Crazy Canuck

    Crazy Canuck Singing along with the voices in my head Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2013
    It's all good. I wouldn't worry about your participation level throughout the week. As long as you post a review of your week, you're golden. I've noted your request to add your entry to the Ed team :)
     
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  11. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Thanks, I inherited it from an old friend and feel compelled to learn. The guitar is special, at least to me (and I think LG stood for Learner Guitar), but the student is far from that level. My buddy left a Martin and a Taylor guitar, both of which I told the family to "get out of the house". However, they left the Gibson, an old Epiphone banjo (which makes sense with the Gibson), and a truckload of bluegrass/country LPs, CDs, etc. And I had a truck, so . .

    Thanks, it is very nice. I'm going back to my old wine buying credo - anyone can but a fine tasting expensive wine (bourbon), but it takes a true student to buy a very good cheap one. I have a few more to try.
    - Stuart
     
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  12. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    The end of my week leaves me admiring, once again, the beauty and art of the traditional.
    I did not run into any tasks that would have been better served with a modern knife, yet I know those tasks are out there.
    I did find myself coon-fingering the knife more than I would a modern clip-flipper.
    The 2019 BF knife is a great companion. Maybe I should do a personal week's challenge with all of them!
    Thanks @Crazy Canuck for a great week - and to all of those who participated with stories and pictures; you made my week, my friends!

    best

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  13. mitch4ging

    mitch4ging

    Jun 16, 2015
    But a big (with a hole in it) heart!:p:thumbsup:
    Great plan, Don! I tried eating a little ginger...nope! But I do periodically enjoy gingersnaps with my morning coffee!:D

    I did find however if I don't drink water ~:20 minutes before eating and 15 minutes after it really has reduced my acid reflux, without having to take the pump inhibitor pills.
    I'll have to look back on it tomorrow, and thanks, Harvey!
    Such a gorgeous knife you've selected!:eek::thumbsup:
    We've been eating some blueberries and blackberries in our morning yogurt lately!:cool::thumbsup:
    What a fantasic gift!:):thumbsup: Home it brings you much stress relief and pleasure! After I retired, I purchesed a Martin, and it just relaxes me...probably not the Mrs so much!:D:thumbsup: Perfect knife pairing as well!:thumbsup:

    It's about time I started carrying this one!
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  14. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks a lot buddy :) Yeah, getting pretty popular :) Traditionally they were/are called catapults here, but 'slingshot' has been in use for a fair while here too. Both words are still in use, but I think slingshot probably has the edge :thumbsup:

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    Stay safe :thumbsup:

    Yep, every knife has to excel at something :D ;) :thumbsup:

    I'm just heading out for a walk in the woods, got the Bullnose in my pocket again, and will give a report later :thumbsup:

    This has been a great thread Mike, well done :) :thumbsup:
     
  15. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

    921
    Jun 15, 2019
    I had a pretty crummy week at work (days with 4, 6, and 6 hours commuting time) so fell behind in this thread right out of the gate. I really enjoyed this exercise however. I carried a GEC 77 Barlow spearpoint that I had tried to sell on the exchange just a few days prior to Mike posting about the GAW. I decided to give this knife a try for the week since I hadn't really ever carried it. While the knife didn't see much beyond the food service, package opening, etc tasks that most are posting about it did spend a lot of time in my right hand as a fidget spinner, worry stone, getting coon fingered, etc. I really came to appreciate the aesthetics of the knife and I will definitely keep it and add it into my carry rotation. I kind of like the idea of carrying a knife for the entire week and will try it with another knife I don't often reach for - a 38 Special in Red Linen Micarta. This happens to be the first GEC knife I purchased. So I have a sentimental attachment to it already but don't seem to carry it often. Thanks again for the great GAW idea and the opportunity. It seems many have enjoyed it as much as I did.

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  16. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I like the Sodbuster pattern, and I've carried this Farm & Field Bullnose a lot when hiking. Carrying it every day this week though, I was quickly reminded of how much I love my Lambsfoot knives, and how useful and versatile they are. I really like the handling characteristics of GEC's #71 pattern (one of the reasons I'd like to see them use it for a Lambsfoot), and I like the practical Shadow-pattern looks of the Farm & Field range. I think this is my only orange-handled knife, and I love the look of it. Great covers, the lanyard hole is a plus for me, and great steel, a very well-made working knife. What I don't like is the height of the point, which gives it plenty of belly, but can make penetration difficult, and even unsafe. Horses for courses, but, for the most part, I need that belly less than I need a good sharp point. While, I've enjoyed carrying and using the Bullnose, I certainly wouldn't swap it for my Lambsfoot, and I'll be glad to get back to using one :thumbsup:

    Really enjoying reading all the posts here, and thanks again to Mike for an imaginative giveaway :) :thumbsup:

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  17. Snodgrass

    Snodgrass

    285
    Feb 7, 2016
    I'm from New Brunswick, we're border Nova Scotia. I've heard stories of ther Bluenose since I was a child, it's a legend and a thing of pride and beauty in these parts!
     
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  18. pjsjr

    pjsjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    First, a little of my carry history. For many years I carried a Buck 110/112 on my belt, even when I was teaching in the mid to late seventies. I switched to a Buck 501, on the belt, then in my pocket when things started to change. For the last few years of my teaching career it was the diminutive Buck 503 in my pocket. After I retired and could carry any legal knife it was a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian clipped in my pocket. Several years ago, laws relaxed and I could carry an auto. My good friend gifted me a Buck 289 Impact and that has been my EDC and for sentimental reasons will continue to be. Because I like knives I will carry two most times when I'm out and about. I have found I really like the canoe pattern and it carries well.

    Synopsis of my week carrying and using the SAK...what I have learned and re-enforced is...

    1...it was nice to be re-united with the SAK, as I said I hadn't carried it or used it in many years.

    2...that I don't care to carry a knife that is thick and has to reside in the bottom of my pocket, the SAK, along with many of the others that I own fall into this category. I might try the safety pin or sewing a vertical seam in the lining.

    3...having multiply tools right at my finger tips is a handy feature and most useful when carried out of the house.

    4...while I didn't have to use it in a 'public' place, it is modest and discrete. I wouldn't have to worry about shocking someone with a weapon-like instrument.

    5...I really, really like having and owning many different knives/blades around to chose from. Limited to one just for a week was agonizing!

    Mike, @Crazy Canuck thank you for the Mystery/GAW Challenge. Thanks, and good luck, to all who participated. It has been great to see and hear about your knives and to see photos of your knives and experiences.

    Last night I used the awl/punch on the SAK to help make a change on a call laynard...
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  19. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    I’ve really enjoyed carrying my L-08 this week. Despite being a bigger knife, it carries easily and it is truly a gentleman’s Golding culinary knife, meant for making your meals away from home (or at home!) more pleasurable than using dull restaurant or plastic cutlery you might find ready to hand somewhere. I love the look of the knife, but it is also supremely comfortable and the blade shape has just enough belly while still providing a good point due to the dropping sweep on the spine. A great knife!

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  20. JonMcD

    JonMcD

    574
    Jan 1, 2020
    Spent a minute thinking this morning about what my rebound carry will be after what feels like a week long spiritual fast of knife monogamy.

    I’ve gotta go back to the 86 which has become my favorite by a landslide.

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    But then, inspired by this week, I’m gonna give a shot to another under utilized member of the stash. Late ‘70’s Camillus Electrician. Ubiquitous, yes. Handy, yes.

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    I’m interested to see how many times in a week I’ll use the screwdriver in scraping/light prying situations. No promises that I’ll make it a week, but I’m curious to string together a few days.

    I’d be interested in seeing what everyone else’s “rebound carry” was this morning.
     
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