All in All…

trumpwall-700x422My first post here was on inauguration day. I said that Trump could do great things, but probably wouldn’t. It’s only T-Day +5 and Jesus tap-dancing Christ is he trying hard to prove me wrong. If he does indeed build a wall, like is being rumored (h/t Vox Day), he will be the greatest President ever.

Sorry, President Harrison, you’ve been Trumped.

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God Shed His Grace on Thee

kate-upton-american-flag“Which wolf will win, grandfather?” asks the young boy. “Whichever one I feed,” is the reply.

My two knife posts talk about knives that are made in Taiwan and Japan. Honestly, before that, I carried a Chinese knife, the Sanrenmu 710. I don’t like that, but fact is, they are really good knives.

I do own a lot of knives that are made in America like the Buck 110 and Ka-bar BK14, but I don’t EDC any of them.*  Hell, my other everyday knife is made in Switzerland. I know there are fantastic USA blades, but

  1. None that I own have been able to knock the RAT 1 out of the rotation.
  2. I just haven’t been willing to spend the money on those that most likely would.

I know that I should always choose quality over country of origin, but I can’t help it; I want to carry all USA made gear.  I’m working on it.

*Ok, sometimes I do this:

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Does Whatever a Spyder Can

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“Rule No. 9 – Never go anywhere without a knife”–Special Agent Jethro Gibbs

Yeah, this one’s a keeper.  This thing just feels right.  It will be going with me everywhere. Even church!  It’s the Spyderco Endura 4.

Overall Length:  8.75 ” (222 mm)
Blade Length:  3.75 ” (96 mm)
Steel:  VG-10
Closed Length:  5 ” (127 mm)
Edge Length:  3.438 ” (88 mm)
Weight:  3.4 oz. (96 g)
Blade Thickness:  .125 ” (3 mm)
Handle:  FRN (FIBERGLASS REINFORCED NYLON)
Clip Position:  Left/Right
Tip Carry Position:  Tip-Up/Down
Lock Type:  Back Lock
Grind:  Full-Flat
Origin:  Japan
It’s light.  Very light.  And slim.  I stick it in my back pocket.  I don’t notice it.  It is about 1.5 oz lighter than the RAT 1 and the difference is noticeable.   It’s razor sharp out of the box.
Granted, I’ve only had it since 1800 last night, but so far so good. I’m going to be carrying it everyday and using the hell out of it.  I’m going to report back on periodically.  I own some fairly expensive (for me) fixed blades, but this is by far the most expensive folder I’ve ever owned.  If the Endura performs like I think it will, the USA made Spydercos are in my future.
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You Dirty RAT!

img_1992Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”                                                                                   ― H.L. Mencken

I am in no way a knife expert, but I love knives.  I have quite a few.  I’m not sure what exactly it is, I mean, sure, they are useful tools; I use this Ontario RAT 1 every day to cut cardboard, open packages, slice food or a million other things.  Hell, I used it butcher a chicken once. But there is something more to knives.  They are just a lot of fun. Especially this one. I’ve had it for a little over two years. Along with my SAK Alox Cadet, it is what I carry nearly every single day.  It just does everything you would need an EDC blade to do.  It has two drawbacks:  it is heavy and it has a 3.5 inch blade. Some people get a little scared when it is whipped out.  [I call those people pussies, but I’m sure everyone knows somebody like that.]

OVERALL LENGTH:  8.5 in (21.6 cm)
LOCK TYPE:  Liner Lock
HARDNESS:  55-56 HRC
EDGE TYPE:  Plain
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:  Taiwan
HANDLE COLOR:  Black
BLADE GRIND:  Full Flat Taper
BLADE FINISH:  Satin
BLADE COLOR:  Silver
BLADE THICKNESS:  0.115 in (0.292 cm)
BLADE MATERIAL:  AUS-8 Stainless Steel
BLADE LENGTH:  3.5 in (8.9 cm)
HANDLE MATERIAL:  Nylon 6
CLOSED LENGTH:  5.0 in (12.7 cm)
POCKET CLIP CONFIGURATIONS:  Tip Down & Up, Left & Right Handed           DEPLOYMENT MECHANISM:  Thumb-stud

It’s an inexpensive knife.  You can get it on Amazon today for $24!  Sure, knife snobs turn their noses up at the AUS-8 steel, but I use it all the time.  I know that this AUS-8 with this heat treatment is a great steel.  It stays sharp for a respectable amount of time, and it is so easy to re-sharpen.  Seriously, it’s ridiculous.  Plus, it has a full flat ground blade, so it’s a fantastic slicer.

In summary – I love the Ontario Rat-1 and God bless Jeff Randall.  Buy one today if you don’t have one.The lock up on this knife is solid.  Never had any issues.  No blade play even today, and I do not baby this thing.  I make it work.  The action on it is smooth.  The blade deploys with a little flick of the thumb.  No wrist action is needed to get it to lock up.  I spend a lot of time at work with it sitting on my desk.  When I’m stuck on something, I like to just flick the blade out over and over again.  It helps me think.

However, it is time to put her up.  She’s been a faithful companion, but when I get home tonight, there is something shiny and new waiting for me.  I’m not sure yet what to do with her.  Either she’s going in a pack, or my oldest son is getting a new knife.

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T-Day!

donald_trump_with_the_us_flag_eagle_an_shot_glass‘My country, right or wrong’ is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’ — G.K. Chesterton

Well, inauguration day is finally here.  I so want Trump to be a great President.  If he sticks to what he ran on, he will do great things.  Probably won’t.  The only thing I know is that he will act in his best interests.  That’s o.k. by me because, in general, his interests coincide with mine. It’s just nice know that we won’t have a limp-wristed member of the Down Low Club as the figurehead of our nation any longer.  I do believe that he has ushered in a new era in America.  It will either lead to prosperity or civil war.  I’m ready for either.

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