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by maine1
Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife
Replies: 25
Views: 3493

Re: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife

Mike, A thick blade does not HAVE to be clumsy (though many ARE, and i do understand why you'd say that). the comercial knife world has largeley forgotten some aspects of knife design that were a given when done on a smaller scale: tang design, diferential het treatment and DISTAL TAPERS add many as...
by maine1
Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife
Replies: 25
Views: 3493

Re: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife

Big knives have proved useful to me since i was a kid. The advantage i have is that i make knives, so if i want a specific design, i make it. Jobs? - a small bench that sits outside of my shop was made primarily with a 10 1/2" bowie i made, and a spade bit. It split the log, split out the legs, and ...
by maine1
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Initial Firearms Prepping Q&A
Topic: Loadout ammunition amounts
Replies: 69
Views: 12890

Re: Loadout ammunition amounts

I go a little diferent route. having reloaded for a while, i have a decent stock of ammo. I store ammo at about every location i could end up: my truck has,- i think, as it gets used/swapped a few times a year- a battle pack of 308 ball for the FAL, 3-400 rounds of 10mm for the EDC pistol, 1K rounds...
by maine1
Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:31 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife
Replies: 25
Views: 3493

Re: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife

Honestly, i find " one knife" focus a bit odd. anyone have ONE screwdriver? ONE wrench? I bet not. Either you have NO wrenches, or a set, or a few sets, metric sets, SAE sets, sockets, ratchets breaker bars...ect. yet we want ONE knife to do all. We can get pretty close, depending on environment. Kn...
by maine1
Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:30 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife
Replies: 25
Views: 3493

Re: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife

another thing to keep in mind is that thinner knives tend to be lower priced consumables, where as thicker stock is for a more long term durable tool. This may or may not be an issue for you. machetes can be pretty tough, yet they are universal tool because they offer a good price to utility ratio, ...
by maine1
Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:12 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Halfapints Boomerang Page
Replies: 35
Views: 1637

Re: Halfapints Boomerang Page

its available on Amazon- after posting i had to go look, its one i want for my son.
by maine1
Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Halfapints Boomerang Page
Replies: 35
Views: 1637

Re: Halfapints Boomerang Page

Back in the stone age, when i was in Jr high, i read a book titled" many happy returns" about boomerangs and it had a good chapter on how to make them. Its a great book, i recomend it. Also, for a better 'rang, get a large plank of hardwood, say 2" thick, and 24" long, and steam it for several few h...
by maine1
Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife
Replies: 25
Views: 3493

Re: Blade thickness for a survival/SHTF knife

First of all, if i am down to ONE knife it IS a real emergency! Thickness is but ONE factor in knife design. A blade can have a 1/4" thick spine but cut like a straight razor IF the other geometric factors are right. It can also be weak as hell and downright delicate if the HT is not done right. My ...
by maine1
Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: No Spin Knife Throwing
Replies: 17
Views: 2695

Re: No Spin Knife Throwing

Out back of the shop, i set up a throwing range a few years ago. I have fooled at throwing since i was a kid, and done some serious work off and on, but once i got this place set up, and made some throwers from saw steel, i was in business. If you have not guessed, i throw bowies. Thornes no spin me...
by maine1
Wed May 21, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Things are about to get busier...
Replies: 14
Views: 1985

Re: Things are about to get busier...

Use it as window bars for the apocalypse.
by maine1
Tue May 20, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Top's knives, good, bad or otherwise???
Replies: 14
Views: 1245

Re: Top's knives, good, bad or otherwise???

Tops makes good knives. Generally heavy stock removal types, with the edges left pretty damn thick. I had a TBT i got in a trade. I am a fan of rugged knives with thick blade stock, but also of proper mass distribution and edge geometry. If i was to keep the TBT, i'd have done a serious regrind of i...
by maine1
Tue May 20, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Knife making without the forging
Replies: 13
Views: 2094

Re: Knife making without the forging

For a larger heavy knife, try to find an old cleaver to cut down. use a cutoff wheel, and go slow, keep the steel a bit wet- spray bottle is ok, dip in a bucket ocasionally is better. For thinner knives, cutting down a good machete is a good way to go, or a butcher knife as has been mentioned. A thi...
by maine1
Mon May 19, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Shrouded hammer J-frame opinions
Replies: 25
Views: 2279

Re: Shrouded hammer J-frame opinions

Da revolvers, i shoot DA for about everything, not much time practicing SA shots, even at range. I like the option for SA fire, but DA is where its at for most uses. People hurth themselves by using sa fire as its easier to hit with, thus never mastering the use of the DA trigger. Recently, i got a ...
by maine1
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: If you had to pick one of these knives.
Replies: 10
Views: 1039

Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Out of those, I guess the seal. Not what i'd choose , but of those pictured, its the most practical. Had the TBT by Tops once. Nice conversation peice. Thats all- i like knives with edge geometry. I was going to regrind it into something more akin to a Beck, but traded it. For that weight, I could h...
by maine1
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:04 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: What is your favorite edged weapon?
Replies: 50
Views: 8311

Re: What is your favorite edged weapon?

Not even a close competition.


BOWIE KNIFE.

Big enough to do the job, small enough to carry and conceal. Great tool, great weapon.
by maine1
Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: How do you justify paying $200+ for an EDC blade?
Replies: 93
Views: 9138

Re: How do you justify paying $200+ for an EDC blade?

I'd make it myself, for starters. And it would not be pre-broken, and reassembled. Not a folder for a primary knife. I DO carry a folder, but the 2,3,$400 folders i see most often are PRISTINE...they see little carry or use. A benchmade balisong is one i might buy, with the machined stainless or Ti ...
by maine1
Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:46 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Night of the Living Dead Long Knives
Replies: 30
Views: 6457

Re: Night of the Living Dead Long Knives

IME, kukris, bowies, and machetes can split skulls when wielded with a bit of skill. machetes can sometimes be damaged, as can bowies if the edges are too delicate. research the Rwandan genocide if you have further doubts. Also bear in mind that green bone and seasoned bone have diferent properties.
by maine1
Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: King of the bowie-who would it be ?
Replies: 34
Views: 6642

Re: King of the bowie-who would it be ?

There is no ONE ultimate bowie knife for everyone, as everyone has specific things they like/dislike, some have high degrees of skill, some do not know such skills are possible, ect. My ultimate bowie will not exist until i make it. One issue with the article above: the Spanish notch IS a fighting f...
by maine1
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:02 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Basic Fitness for Firearms Enthusiasts and Other Humans
Replies: 179
Views: 21528

Re: Basic Fitness for Firearms Enthusiasts and Other Humans

the last 5 or so years i have been in "F the gym" mode. my best workouts and results have come from training at home. Running is my current passion: i have not been able to run regularly since my early 30's, and i really truly MISSED it. due to muscle imbalances and some poor advice form former trai...
by maine1
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Night of the Living Dead Long Knives
Replies: 30
Views: 6457

Re: Night of the Living Dead Long Knives

I am a fan of Bowie knives. Although 'true Bowie' knives aren't made these days the design carries on. I have a CS Natchez Bowie and love it. That's my go to large carry blade... Sure they are, just not as production knives. It also varies as your "true bowie" might vary from mine, and the next guy...
by maine1
Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Considering a Double Action .357
Replies: 44
Views: 4131

Re: Considering a Double Action .357

The Smith revolvers are nice peices, generally with good triggers from the get go, and very strong. The Rugers are Railroad engineered and overbuilt, more robust than the Smiths ( and one could argue just how much ruggedness past that of the smith is really needed), and a little heavier. The trigger...
by maine1
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bump In The Night Bag
Replies: 35
Views: 2484

Re: Bump In The Night Bag

In the gunsafe beside the bed: Your chosen handgun, loaded and hot, with light attached. The "hated" fanny pack holster with spare mags, light, cell phone, OC, and maybe a first aid kit. Belt this on so all your needs are on your body, and the gun is in your hand. Practice with all this. SIT YOUR AS...
by maine1
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Availability of .40 when SHTF
Replies: 43
Views: 3888

Re: Availability of .40 when SHTF

choose a handgun you like and shoot well. Get a superior holster and belt, and some training. carry it daily get extra magazines research what spare parts are needed against loss/breakage..and get them LEARN to strip the weapon down to the last part, and reassemble it. learn to do depot level work i...
by maine1
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Night of the Living Dead Long Knives
Replies: 30
Views: 6457

Re: Night of the Living Dead Long Knives

OK! BOWIE KNIVES........for the win, as the kids say. Having had an afinity for edged weapons since childhood, and growing up in an environment where i could make, bear, and train with said weapons, the large knife of substantial stock with a double gaurd rose to the top, and despite more than two d...

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