Great pics as always Mist. Looks like you guys had a good time; thanks for sharing.
I've got to echo everyone else: that Fiddleback looks just beautiful. I don't have any of Andy's blades yet and that looks like it may have to be the one! Have you done a review anywhere?
Nice lightweight bits of kit. Always better when it's something you made yourself, well done.
I must admit, I tried making the alcohol burners but failed miserably. Everyone talks about how easy they are to make too. Guess I'm just engineering-challenged. Or cack-handed.
I know what you mean Moose. I have all kinds of firesteels, blanks and handled, all over the place. ESEE, Going Gear, Firesteel.com, cheap Chinese ones from Deal Extreme, Light My Fire, the list goes on and on.
Knives and firesteels: the one thing you can't have too much of. Sorry, the two...
Isn't it just?
I know that it's soft wood but it was incredibly easy to take down with the 9.
I'm also always amazed by how light the 9 is, much lighter than I expect for such a useful tool.
I took my 9 out to the garden to process last year's Christmas tree. That knife is so good at wood processing, she's a joy to use. Needed a bit of a sharpening afterwards, but that's no drama with 1095. Didn't even get either. Until I just caught the blade against the inside of my finger after...
I second Kakefat. I'm in the UK and having a knife automatically brands you as a criminal. The press have done such a job on us that there's no way we could get an organisation like that over here.
Protect your basic rights!
Hope things start looking brighter for you soon Clich.
That's a good little collection you got there dude: quality over quantity. You've got what you need in the woods and when the zombies come calling.
Best of luck!