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  1. bRIBEGuy

    Spyderco Dodo

    Well, this one is a bit of a blast from the past, but I figured it was worth tossing up anyways. I managed to pick up a (NOS) Spyderco Dodo a couple months ago, and almost instantly fell in love with it's sheer wackiness. After owning it a mere 30 minutes, I dropped it onto a glass counter, and chipped the tip. GAH!!! I contacted Spyderco, and sent it in to be fixed. $18 in shipping, $5usd for the fix, and something like 7 weeks later, and I have my ugly orange buddy back. I've been using and carrying it for a week or so now, and have some initial thoughts: - Ugly as sin. Which I love, but pretty much everyone that see's it comments on it's form. - Big handle + little blade = WIN. Great combo for control in hand. - Wacky blade shape works well for EDC stuff. It just does. - Not deep carry. Normally I have a strong preference for deep carry clips, but the regular (and great) Spyderco wire clip plus the extended "tail" section makes the knife really easy to grab onto and pull out, ever with gloves on. - BB Lock. Looks cool, and seems very secure. A bit of a PITA to release when compared to a framelock/linerlock/etc. - Fit & finish is typical Spyderco, that is to say, somewhere between very good and great. Definitely a wacky knife, and if you can find a good deal (and stand to look at it...lol) it's something I'd certainly recommend.
  2. Sounds good, 1stmeridian. Looks promising, so I signed up for the kickstarter this afternoon. If those other stones materialize, I'll likely be game for those also. Always looking for better (and easier) ways to keep stuff sharp!
  3. Pretty nice looking system, at a reasonable price point. Will you have more options available for sharpening stones? The limited ones included it the only real drawback I see off the bat.
  4. No real store or website for me. In fact, pretty much just getting going with actual orders and sales. bymjsdesign will be the branding moniker on the instagram site where I'm now starting to feature my handmade/custom knives: https://www.instagram.com/bymjsdesign/ Everything thus far is fully handmade (no cnc, waterjet, etc), including the handle materials. Each knife, as such, is a little bit unique. Currently working on a batch of 8 fixed blades, with 4 more likely starting next week. A friction folder is currently being prototyped, and teaser pics should be up soon.
  5. Not a blog in a "things I write" form of the term, but more in a "things I make and am working on" sort of fashion. I mean, each image is worth 1000 words right? https://www.instagram.com/bymjsdesign/
  6. bRIBEGuy

    Unboxing the Boker War Toad

    I've eyed those little guys a few times, but never pulled the trigger on one. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts. Love the zip tie......gotta get it into Canada somehow, right? LOL...
  7. Techno is an awesome beefy little spyderco, and certainly one of the favorites in my rotation.
  8. bRIBEGuy

    Drink of choice?

    That's a GREAT whiskey, imo, and my current "go to" as well. Also a big fan of the Knob Creek bourbons...
  9. Well, I've decided to let the proverbial cat out of the bag, and show off my first three knives. And by "show off", I mean "post online and hope the ridicule isn't to harsh".......LOL. Seriously though, I am looking for any and all open comments and criticisms. I know I certainly have a ton! I've been interested in knives for quite some time, and have had blades in one form or another from the time I was a fairly small kid. Over the last year or so, however, I really started to get drawn to the appeal of trying to build one from scratch. Since I was finally starting to get my garage sorted out a bit, I figured it was high time to try. Now my grandfather (RIP) used to make knives (utility/kitchen) out of old saw blades back after WWII, and to this day, they are still the favorite knives that both my Mother and Grandmother use (despite me buying my Mom some nice Henkels years back). His knives were always pretty rough and tumble from a fit & finish perspective, but they were highly functional, and hold a surprising edge. While my ultimate interest is in making some folders, I figured it'd be a fun nod to my family history to start with a few fixed blade knives. Now as much as I love all of the techy goodness out there in tool land these days, I'm not quite lucky enough to have been born into a machine shop, have buddies at a water-jetting company, or anything like that. Despite having solid abilities in CADD (I do piping design/drafting professionally), I opted to go all old school on these knives using basic power tools, and heaping piles of elbow grease. Current shop set-up: -2'x42" Belt Sander -69" blade metal bandsaw -Drill Press -Scroll saw -Dremel -6" Bench grinder And with that...........it was off to the races. I ordered up a short length of 5/32" 154CM steel, and starting thinking out loud on paper. Now one of the other drivers in this project was my wife's side of the family. When her grandmothers old house was packed up after her passing, we came across a stack of old new-stock seed bags from when her grandfather worked for McKenzie Seeds sometime way back when. We took a few of them and used them for various projects, but the ultimate plan was to try our hands at some Micarta. I built a ghetto-fabulous press out of some mild steel plate and layered plywood, and we trimmed one of the bags into 2" strips. We did a thin test strip first, successfully making a 12"x2" block about 3mm (1/8") thick. For the second block we went thicker, and came out around 6mm (1/4"). The micarta is a nice natural canvas color with lots of dark flecks, and some blue stripes. Looks pretty cool, imo. For the third press, we opted to die the canvas in a red and a black batch, and then layered them up in an alternating fashion for a second 6mm block. By this point, I had come up with a design I kinda liked, and was ready to move forward. The plan was to cut 6 blanks of the same knife, and then use them to focus on grinding and finishing. Of course, the steel didn't go nearly as far as I though, so I ended up with only two full size blanks. Each blank had a cut off scrap just big enough to play with, so I opted to make a tiny knife in a similar style. The remaining 6" or so turned into a shrunk down version of the main knife at my wife's suggestion. So in the end I still got my six........just in two sets of three designs. Oh well. I've finished up the first set in the natural micarta, and am currently working on the second set in the red and black. I'll post pictures of those when they're done as well. But enough talk.............here's the pics. First knife has a 4" blade, and a 9" overall length. Copper corby bolts and SS lanyard tube. Full flat grind on the front of the knife, and a convex grind at the back. Medium knife comes in with a 2.2" blade and a 5-5/8" overall length. Pretty much the same as the big one otherwise, but with a rounder handle shape. The tiny knife has a whopping 1.75" blade, and a 4.75" length. SS acorn bolts were used here. Full flat grind. I left the front edge untouched since I kinda liked the color from the heat treating. All the knives were professionally heat treated by a local shop, and tested at between 60-61 hardness (depending on the blade) And there you have it......my little story.
  10. bRIBEGuy

    SHOT 2016 | Opinions, News & Rumors

    Ha ha, well said! I'm lucky enough to have been able to pick up a Monte Carlo folder directly from him. Jens is a REALLY nice guy, and the knife was much more reasonably priced (albeit still ridiculously expensive) straight from him, then for what they go for on the secondary market. I'd LOVE to pick up more of his customs (especially his older stuff), but sadly it's not really in the cards for me either at this point. As such.......yay for collaborations! The Spyderco Zulu is still one of my favorite EDC blades (once I removed the clip), and I use a Boker Albatross as a back yard beater (it's great with gloves on). The new ZT0220 has me pretty stoked though.
  11. Headed into town for a while today, so the pocket dump is a little bit shinier then usual. - Cobra de Calibre DLC CuSn8 watch - TAD Edition Chuck Gedritis Mongoose - Kingdom Armory TiNapple tool/opener.
  12. bRIBEGuy

    EDC Pouch

    I've had fairly good luck with some of the Triple Aught Design pouches. The newer style GPP1 is nice for a bunch of smaller items, but doesn't unzip to open book-like. The old style OP1 pouch is fantastic, though a bit on the larger size.
  13. This seems to be a bigger and bigger issue with getting knives into Canada, where blades that are 100% legal, are being "seized" by border services, with no course of action to appeal or attempt to get your blade back. It's hit or miss too, since I know people who have successfully shipped in full auto's, and others who have had small Spyderco's get seized. Now some of the larger USA retailers won't even ship "one handed opening" knives to Canada at all. I've recently purchased a custom knife that is fully legal here in Alberta, and when it hit the border it was "Sent for further processing". That was now 2+ weeks ago, and I feel like any day I'm going to get the dreaded "seized" notification you posted above.
  14. bRIBEGuy

    First Knives and Rambling Stories...

    A few more quick shots showing how the oddball blade shape actually works out to be quite functional in hand as you change your grip and/or choke up.
  15. bRIBEGuy

    First Knives and Rambling Stories...

    Picture time! The next three blades got finished up, and I finally had a few spare moments to snap & upload some quick pics. I tried out a slightly different shape for the finger choil and a bit of a shorter handle length on the larger knife.........and decided I'm not as big of a fan. I'll change that back on the next ones. Profiled the handles a bit differently on the smaller two, and I think it's an improvement. The died black & red micarta is cool, but I think I have a pretty strong preference for the natural.
  16. Picking a favorite (or even a series of favorites...) is hard! I find a lot of my collection tends to be a bit bipolar, with my "9-5" EDC being a bit more minimalist and small (Fellhoelter Fricky is a fantastic "in the office" knife), and my evening/weekend/excursion EDC being bigger and beefier (and occasionally ridiculous). That being said, if the name of the game is to point fingers and pick teams....here we go: Your favorite pocket knife this week: For last week, I found myself carrying my TAD Edition Chuck Gedriatis Mongoose quite a bit, and I think it's a fantastic little knife. Super sharp, non-threating, and a fun classy design. Favourite for the month: Reate "New Torrent". Picked this up a while back to try out M390 blade steel, and since it was the first Reate that really caught my eye design-wise. I was a little off-put at first since it's a bit bigger than I expected, but the knife is amazing. Hands down the best fit & finish of any production knife I have owned. It's better than most of my mid-techs and customs in fact too. Flips unbelievably fast and hard. It's been really hard to take this one out of my pocket... Favourite pocket knife of the year: TAD Dauntless MK4 CF. Oddly enough, I still prefer the full flat grind and the stiffer pocket clip of the MK3, but none the less, the MK4 has probably been in my pocket the most in the past year. Unbelievably useful knife, and carries WAY smaller/more discretely then it's size would imply. Anything in the Dauntless series makes for an amazing EDC imo. Your all time favourite pocket knife (if you had to choose just one!): Spyderco Dragonfly SuperBlue. If I can only pick one knife, it just HAS to be a Spyderco. And if it's gonna be a Spyderco, the Dragonfly always seems to hit home for me. Small, pocket-able, unoffensive, and capable WAY outside of it's size range. I love my ZDP-189 version as well, but always seem to reach for the SuperBlue variant......
  17. bRIBEGuy

    SHOT 2016 | Opinions, News & Rumors

    The ZT 0220 looks interesting to me....I LOVE Jens Anso stuff. Spyderco has a lot of really cool stuff this year.....it's gonna be hard on the pocketbook!
  18. Well, after lurking on this site for a while (on and off since it started...), I figured I may as well sign up and be social once and a while. Me? I'm Mark. I live just outside of Calgary, Alberta and am pretty much a big fan of knives and gear. I do a lot of cycling, some hiking, camping, a bit off off-roading, lots of photography, UrbEx, RurEx, am a hobby chef and a wannabe garage knife maker. So there ya have it.......hoping to keep reading some fun stuff here, and looking forward to contributing a bit as well.
  19. bRIBEGuy

    First Knives and Rambling Stories...

    Pairing these up with my grandfathers knives would be super cool, but unfortunately hard. My Mom has one (which I could likely get for a short while), but the rest are with my Grandmother in Saskatchewan. They're really nothing to look at, but no one is willing to let them go or give me one! Ha ha ha! Thanks for the kind words, I'm pretty happy with them, and I too LOVE the look of the home made natural micarta. I'm just finishing up another batch with the red/black micarta I made (same seed bags, just dyed), so hopefully I'll have pics of those up soon too.
  20. Ha ha ha...luckily I'm not a real chef (I got out of the restaurant industry a LONG time ago), just a hobby one. ANd I wouldn't call myself a "real" knife maker either....unless we're using the most literal interpretation of the phase, since yes, I have made knives. Sharpening tools are crazy expensive though. I kinda want to step up my game, and have been looking at the Tormek stuff, as well as the Wicked Edge. Both have a pretty steep entry fee though...
  21. Alberta is starting to get a bit bad. TONS of layoffs, not a lot of work, and prices starting to creep up. $7 cauliflower at Safeway as of a few days ago.....ha ha ha. Gas is CHEAP right now though. Just filled up an hour ago for $0.87/L for premium. Regular is a jaw dropping $0.76/L. I'm not convinced we're watching the beginning of the end, but things are getting pretty rough. I work in Oil and Gas here (design & drafting), and projects are VERY few and far between.