Monthly Archives: October 2003

Happy SpyderWeen

…or Samhain… what have you. Hope you have a fun and safe night!

the follwing creepy quote by Edgar Allen Poe:

“One night, returning home, much intoxicated, from one of my haunts about town, I fancied that the cat avoided my presence. I seized him; when, in his fright at my violence, he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with his teeth. The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame. I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket! I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity. “

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Numa Nezumi

Here she is in all her (ugly?) glory: the Swamp Rat Camp Tramp.


7.5″ blade made of good tool steel (with some kryptonite added.) Convex edge for chopping ability.

I haven’t had much practice sharpening a convex edge yet, but folks from the forums tell me a mousepad+sandpaper works well.

Very comfy grip. It comes with an attractive Nylon/Kydex sheath, (note the cool holes on the bottom so you can tie down to your leg in true Han Solo fashion.)

This is NOW the largest blade in my collection, and relegated exclusively to outdoor work for obvious reasons.

I have not put her through any paces yet, but one of the reasons I got the camp tramp is for chopping ability in lieu of carrying an axe.

It also has a somewhat of a “penetrator” tip feature for starting cuts or puncturing.

It is not lost on me that in going to the Blade show and seeing all of those fancy artistic knives I was drawn to this brute. Lets face it, only its momma rat could love these looks. But what sold me was the armageddon-proof construction, the extremely comfortable handle, and overall weight/length. Can’t wait to get out there for some serious timber separation.

One for the show

I recently attended a knife show (my first, actually.) I went alone, and in retrospect I think it would have been a lot more fun to go with friends or other blade enthusiasts. It was humbling to meet so many of the makers that you read about, hear about, and admire their works. To a person, each maker I met was personable, engaging, and friendly to such a neophyte as myself. These are the who’s who of custom and semi-production makers.

 

I stayed at the show for several hours, wandering around and looking at the various products. It was overwhelming for me, and as I have not purchased a full-custom blade yet, somewhat daunting. My budget at this time does not include $700+ knives, but I saw a lot of great wish list material.

 

I have, however, been entertaining the idea of buying a much larger fixed blade than I currently own (for camping/hiking.) And as my beloved Spyderco does not offer such a beast currently, I perused the wares of the best companies at the show. There were many fancy, simple, beautiful, ugly, and in-between brutes at the show, but I kept coming back to one blade table over and over again. The order was entered, hopefully in a few weeks she’ll be here. Review to follow, stay tuned.