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General Discussion / Re: Just one edge...a Machete??
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Today at 12:06:08 AM »
If you look at machetes there are a lot of variations on that theme, they are definitely use oriented.  I have a long Gerber, with the saw teeth on the back of the blade that is pretty useful. 

 

The problem with this length is that if you cut enough heavy wooden material, it sets up a vibration in the blade which will work harden the metal and cause it to break at the vibration node. The long blade works very well for cutting grasses, weeds, thistles and that sort of thing.  If you are cutting a lot of heavy stuff then something more like this will work better..

As with anything else..the right tool for the job..

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General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Today at 12:03:05 AM »
Nice one, Crash!
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General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Today at 12:02:29 AM »
I have white tail deer mule deer and elk coming and going in and out of my horse pastures.  The only ones that ever knock my fence down are the mule deer, they are just not graceful....
Mule Deer: "Four-legged carp".  The saying goes, "You are what you eat.", and mule deer taste like pine needles, IMO.  :lol:
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General Discussion / Re: THE VIKINGS
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 05:51:11 PM »
I found a neat YT channel if you're interested in Norse mythology- Jackson Crawford.
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General Discussion / Re: THE VIKINGS
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 05:33:06 PM »
Floki screws up again, tonight. :P
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Wilderness Survival / Re: A different kind of survival story
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 05:32:39 PM »
It would be interesting to pursue that.  The UR operated from about 1831 to 1861 and escaped slaves were taken as far as Canada so if your folks house is in an area that they used it is possible. 

Here is a list of the houses that were part of the UR and there are a few in New York. 

https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/states.htm
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Wilderness Survival / Re: A different kind of survival story
« Last post by xj35s on Yesterday at 04:13:25 PM »
Growing up my neighbors house burned. In one of the walls they found a diary and it had info on a slave being hung in a tree in my front yard.

I asked the Mom about it a couple years ago and she had no idea what happened to it. Her two son's don't know either.

The interesting part of this story is My parents bedroom. It had a walk in closet 6' wide and 12' deep. In the far right corner near the ceiling was a 20"x20" square opening. A piece of wood that slid open and closed. Behind that was another room 6'x12' with no other opening than that 20" square.

I truly believe now that our house was a part of the underground railroad. I wish I took more interest in these facts as a kid. Harriet Tubman's house is in Auburn, now a museum. Maybe this summer I'll do some serious investigating and introduce the thought to the new owners.

It is important to keep old documents. Little windows into the past that can add up to a story of facts.
 
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Wilderness Survival / Re: A different kind of survival story
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 03:18:02 PM »
I don't know which of the museums has the stuff but this link will give you some idea..........

http://www.museumtrail.org/museums.html

You can hit the Sand Dunes while you are there too.
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General Discussion / Re: R-U keeping warm
« Last post by crashdive123 on Yesterday at 03:08:56 PM »
I was camping in 14F last weekend.  That was plenty cold for this Florida boy.
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General Discussion / Re: Best Pocket Knives
« Last post by hunter63 on Yesterday at 02:39:08 PM »
You know...it isn't real hard to just type in...
"Hey lookie what I found....thought maybe you guys might be interested in......"
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