Update: What can I say….
We finally got some much needed(more then enough) rain these past weeks and combined with the warm temperatures, the mosquito hatch has been incredible. Recently, we’ve had three small children and a dog carried off by mosquitoes, the local blood bank has put out a call for donations to treat gardeners and fisherman, people have quit using Cutter’s and Off in favor of flame throwers. Evenings you can hear the occasional boom of a 12ga from folks picking off the bigger skeeters. Get the picture?? In fact it’s bad enough my wife was wishing this morning that we could get a hard frost to kill them off. This from a woman who thrives on 90 degree temperatures. Worst of all, next weekend is our annual family get together.
On the bright side, we can look forward to some interesting releases from Queen next week. There’s a group of Gunstocks and 99 Jacks coming through with Stag, Amber Stag, ATS34, 420 and CPM154 blades.
I had a good chat with Ken Daniels yesterday and told him how happy I was to see Queen using these high end steels. While 1095, 440C and D2 (which I’m a great fan of) are great blade steels, it’s really exciting to see some of the ‘newer’ steels typically seen on tactical and fixed blades used on the traditional folders. Not all of us want to carry an assisted opening, tanto blade, carbon fiber handled knife with a pocket clip. BUT…. we (I) do like that high performance steel blade in a pocket friendly folder. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see a traditional folder with, oh, lets say a CPM S35VN blade? Hmmmm……
My buddy Dave has probably caused me to spend more money on stuff I didn’t know I needed than anyone I know. The good news is he hasn’t steered me wrong yet. His latest pitch was the Spyderco Mule Team project knives. Dave gave me one of the Mule Team #21’s with CPM 4V steel. I haven’t had an opportunity to really ‘test’ it, but every day routine use hasn’t challenged the edge in the least.
Now, thanks again to Dave, I’m going to pick up one of the new release Mule CPM Maxamet Steel blades. They’re talking about a Rockwell hardness in the upper 60’s range with excellent chip resistance. That, my friends, gets my heart pumping double time. In a few more weeks I’ll be taking my annual field test trip to the NE corner of Minnesota. There’s going to be more knives then time I’m afraid.
On a more serious note, I hope you know what a staunch supporter of our military I am. I try to regularly support the Wounded Warrior Project financially and encourage others to do likewise. Our Vets sometimes get forgotten and they’re sacrifices are often ignored.
More recently the number of members of the law enforcement community has been sickening. Over the years I’ve interacted with members of the law enforcement community on a professional and personal level. I had a brick and mortar retail sporting goods store that was burglarized 5 times. I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with these guys as I unlocked the door for them, guns drawn while the alarm was going off. I watched them calm down a mentally ill customer and gently escort him out of our store. On the few occasions I’ve had to answer to them for my actions, I’ve been treated with respect and have responded in kind. I’ve had a drink or two with them, we’ve fished together and have two retired troopers just up the street. My experience has been they’re regular guys/gals that are underpaid, under appreciated, doing a dangerous job you couldn’t pay me enough to do.
Next time you meet a squad car, give them a friendly wave and a smile. If you see a cop on the street, tell him thanks. If you’re having lunch and a group of law enforcement folks are eating lunch as well, consider picking up there tab. If they’re in the convenience store buying coffee, pay for it. Let them know you support them and appreciate the risks they take to try and maintain law and order.