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General Discussion / Re: Fuel prices
« Last post by wsdstan on April 11, 2021, 05:55:48 PM »
That is a good price Randy.  I have not priced it here lately but I would guess it is still north of $7 a gallon.  We have one place that sells it other than a farm supply that sells it by the bottle for double what it costs out of the pump.
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Gear Reviews / Re: Benchmade bushcrafter long term review
« Last post by Mannlicher on April 11, 2021, 01:58:27 PM »
one of the Kracs has used one of those for many years.  It's the only belt knife I have ever seen him with.  I have borrowed it to play with , and yeah, it's a dang good, very effective knife for our kind of work.
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Other Outdoor Gear / Re: A small ceramic rod sharpener.
« Last post by crashdive123 on April 11, 2021, 01:25:18 PM »
Hold off Sam.  I think I have an extra ceramic rod.

I have several ceramic rods already.  One came with my ApexPro sharpener.    Still, the price and utility are attractive, so I ordered one yesterday.   It showed up this morning.  Already put it to use, and yeah, it works.

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Gear Reviews / Re: Fox Knives Parus
« Last post by crashdive123 on April 11, 2021, 01:22:57 PM »
Nice review.  Without having handled the knife, I would have assumed that the handle would prove to be uncomfortable just from the way it looks.

I do like the look of the blade more than the traditional tracker though.
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Gear Reviews / Re: Fox Knives Parus
« Last post by Moe M. on April 11, 2021, 12:34:51 PM »

  I agree that tracker styled knives are intriguing but mostly impractical as a general duty woodsman's/bushcraft knife,  and the idea of a one cutting tool option is again attractive on paper but a good quality Tracker (WSK) doesn't really do any cutting chores well,  they can however do most cutting chores, but not well and not without allot of extra effort.
  If I were lost, stranded, or otherwise caught in a long term survival situation I'd want a Tracker on my side, but that almost suggests that you have a notion before hand that you may get stuck in that kind event,  but for most woods outings, hikes, campouts, fishing or hunting expeditions they are too overweight and clumsy to bother carrying,  it makes more sense in most cases to carry a medium sized fixed blade belt knife, a good pocket knife and either a folding saw or a small hand axe.
  I speak from experience, I had one of the best tracker knives ever offered,  made by the guy who actually designed the WSK or Tracker as it became known after Tom Brown copied the design and claimed it as his own (the actual designer and maker of the Tracker is Gossman knives), Mr. Gossman didn't bother to patent the knife leaving it open to copy.
  My Gossman WSK was made on the original design, had a short section of blade that was only sharpened on one side to be used as a draw knife, then had a 4" section of curved blade that was basically a covexed edge, the spine had a approx. 4" row of saw teeth that was there not to saw through trees or limbs, but made to use to make notches in wood, it was followed buy a short section of semi round incised blade for stripping bark to use as campfire tools or in making fire tinder, mine weighed about 1-3/4 pounds.
 It was fun to learn how to use it effectively, but it wasn't practical to use on a daily basis or on a routine camping trip,  it wasn't particularly suited to food prep or cleaning fish or game.
 The one being reviewed in this thread has less attributes and functionality than either the original Tracker or the Tom Brown Tracker,  I see it more as a novelty knife designed more to attract people who get excited about Rambo type tactical and or fighting type blades,  which I find nothing wrong with,  everyone to his/her own,  I just don't see it as a useful camp knife or practical survival tool,  but that's just one man's opinion,  everyone is different in their taste and that what makes us all unique.         
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Gear Reviews / Re: Fox Knives Parus
« Last post by theJman on April 11, 2021, 12:09:13 PM »
That was a good, honest & thorough review, but how much do they cost?

I paid $160 for mine.
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Other Outdoor Gear / Re: A small ceramic rod sharpener.
« Last post by Mannlicher on April 11, 2021, 11:58:51 AM »
Hold off Sam.  I think I have an extra ceramic rod.

I have several ceramic rods already.  One came with my ApexPro sharpener.    Still, the price and utility are attractive, so I ordered one yesterday.   It showed up this morning.  Already put it to use, and yeah, it works.
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I wasn't aware of that, thanks for resurrecting this thread!  I just download the map of the area I go and it shows just how steep the hills are that I hike up.  Actually, maybe that's not a good thing...  :(
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General Discussion / Re: Fuel prices
« Last post by randyt on April 11, 2021, 11:35:41 AM »
Kerosene at the pump is just a tad over 5 dollars a gallon. This is at a little village service station.
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Gear Reviews / Re: Fox Knives Parus
« Last post by madmaxine on April 11, 2021, 11:29:02 AM »
Nice review.
Red wields a Tracker with enviable skill.

...I don't.
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