This weeks update is a bit short on news to update! Frankly, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on or much to update as far as knives go. I’ve just been alternating between enjoying reflecting on the hunting trip to North Dakota and bemoaning the fact the ground is still white from our snow of a week ago and will most likely stay that way until Spring!
There have been a few more of the GEC Bull Moose arrive this week and I’ll guess they’ll probably finish them up in the next week or two. Personally, I like the knife and am really glad to see GEC revert to building some larger knives. Once the Bull Moose is finished GEC will start building the 78 American Jacks. And there will be a bunch of them! You’ll have a choice of 21 handle options from 9 different SFO’s and the ‘normal’ GEC runs. This will be their only focus well into next January.
No word on the Trestle Pine Gunflint delivery date. Last I heard it would be the second week in November and I’ve got my fingers crossed that will happen. On a positive note, I had more blades run for the Trestle Pine fixed blade Buddy and will start working on handle material next week. Based on the reaction to the knives I ran with the Mosaic Pins, I plan on having more built with them . I’ve thought about just using them on the premium woods and leaving the brass pins in the Old Growth Handles. I also added the option of either a plain sheath that can be worn on the left or right side OR the right handed sheath with the fire steel loop. The loop adds to the cost and if you don’t plan on carrying a fire steel, no sense in paying for it.
I had to laugh this week as I was going through some pictures I’ve saved on my phone. The first I had was how much we (I) relate food to good times in the outdoors. There were a lot of ‘food’ pictures and they always had something to do with memorable moments in the outdoors. I do enjoy good food!
Another picture I had meant to share earlier this year was a road sign I photographed. It dawned on me that most road signs let you know how far it is between towns. After all that’s usually the most important indication where you are physically in respect to the rest of the world. When you get into northern Minnesota that changes.
It’s way more meaningful to know how far you are from the next lake. Once you get familiar with the area, explaining where you saw the moose or wolves is best understood by telling folks what road you were on and how far and what direction you were from which lake.
In days long past, the Voyageurs measured distance in ‘pipes’ not miles. A five minute pipe break was allowed once and hour so a 5 pipe trip was about 5 hours ‘distance’. If there was a strong headwind on the lake or slippery trails underfoot, linear distance was far less meaningful then the ‘time’ required to travel a specific distance. So a couple hundred years ago the above sign would have been marked and read totally differently.
Even today, portages between lakes are measured in ‘rods’ not feet, meters, yards or miles. I suppose that’s because pipe smoking is no longer PC. Now I know with my short legs a rod is about 6 normal, leisurely paces over relatively even ground. If I know a portage is 80 rods and I want to keep track of where I’m at, it’s pretty easy to do. Time how many rods you can cover in a minute based on the terrain and you can come close to pinpointing where and how long the portage will take.
Now, I know none of this critical information in the last couple of paragraphs has a damned thing to do with knives…..BUT, I did have a knife with me on all of the aforementioned situations so that counts for something.
This is worrisome. It’s not even the dead of winter and I’m starting to ramble. Could be a tough winter folks, bear with me!!!