Tuesday, April 27, 2010


About 20 years ago a friend traded a .45 Kentucky rifle kit for some reloading I did for him. He has sense passed away and I really want to finish the rifle, just cause :p But it's not a very good kit and in bad shape... I've been dragging my heels getting this done and really should do it just got the memories... But it may never be a good shooter as there is a good deal of pitting that I may not be able to lap out, it's also a cheapie. It makes no sence to me to dump any $$ into it as I don't expect to use it much. But I hate sinking allot of time into a rifle not thinking it will be a shooter.

Arrgghh!! If money was not an issue I'd replace the bad parts and make it real, but alas that is not the case... So close to done and so far lol...

Sorry for the ramblings but I just had to vent a bit about this problem I'm having with myself :p

Monday, April 12, 2010

Skills... Oh my...

As I go about my usual routine I find tidbits of interesting info that tend to tie allot of loose thoughts together. Say for instance, as I posted earlier, how people are loosing the ability to feed themselves from scratch http://dwarvenchef.blogspot.com/2010/04/ramen.html , and a story from a search and rescue writer about how people react when under survival issues. And some interesting comments here http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/ . A loss of basic skills that not to long ago was common knowledge, seems to accelerate as we become more tech savvy. Problem is that that High Tech life style is so fragile. Look at all the natural disasters that have happened in the past few years that have really shocked the world. How many of these people could take basic care of them selves in these situations?

How does this all tie into this Blog? Well I'm glad you asked :p Ok the echo's can stop now, darn crickets...

Muzzleloading as a hobby is returning to the basics of shooting and marksmanship. Once we get used to the way a muzzleloader (ML) works we start looking at different styles of ML. We find the flintlock, Now we don't need to rely on a cap to fire the rifles charge. Than we start looking how to knapp our own flints. What I'm getting at is that without thinking about it we are starting to learn a skill that will help us outside of our hobby. By learning some Primitive Living skills, say from an interest in colonial living shows. Your also learning a few vital skills that will help your odds of surviving a catastrophic collapse, be in a natural disaster or a laps of direction in the woods at the wrong possible time. Being able to make shelter and a fire from what you can find around you is a HUGE first step in surviving till help finds you, or strengthens you so you can go find help.

The more I dig into my interests in muzzleloading and primitive living the more I feel at peace with my surroundings. So if I get into an accedend going over the mountains, a trip I do all the time, I know I'll be able collect myself shortly and get stabelized enough to hang in there overnight or a few days. The news is full of stories about someone that let panic rule them and they didn't survive, only a short distance from help.

Sorry for the public announcement here, we will now return to our regular ramblings about muzzloaders :)

For those interested in reading more http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1731145&gonew=1#UNREAD


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ages of period razors

Here are a few of my razors. The one that looks like a sharpened popcicle stick is from 1790's and the one with deep finger grooves is around 1830-50 (ish). The pic with 3 blades shows 3 era's pre 1800, 1850's, and post 1900. As can be seen not alot changed in the basic shape of tang, spine, shoulder, and blade. Only refinements of these structures as the machine age took over. Lucky there are alot of modern knife makers moving over to make straight razors, I'm tempted to commision one from as early as I can find :) see what happens...

I'm still waiting for a razor history book at the library so I can start getting some more accurate info on makers you can do searches for and posable cherry pick some goodies out there. The pic with 3 blades is how I won them off Ebite for next to nothing :) Ya that was a good buy... not so lucky on most of my bids haha.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Shaving around camp

Funny how hobbies can overlap at times. I have been a straight razor shaver for 3 or 4 years exclusively now and it just dawned on me that I'm using a few razors that where around during the early days of the American long rifle. Well almost, my oldest one is from the 1790's and a few more from the early 1800's.

I recently was in a conversation with a few reenactors that wanted to get a period correct shave kit set up. And that got me thinking I should look at what I have and see if I could set up my own gear. Granted I'm not much of a PC lawyer but it would still be interesting to group some of my guns with other goodies from the times.

If more are interested I'll post some pics and go from there, heck I just bought another one that looks to be a mid 1800's french razor that should clean up to shave ready. We shall see when it arrives, my first french blade :p