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After four weeks of use during this challenge, please rate the Executive as an EDC....

5 (highest)
3 (27.3%)
4
6 (54.5%)
3
1 (9.1%)
2
1 (9.1%)
1 (lowest)
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted 11

Voting closed: September 01, 2018, 12:26:31 AM

CYC2: Return of the Executive 16149

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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #960 on: August 18, 2018, 03:42:45 PM »
Excellent work, Jim!   :tu:  :like:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #961 on: August 18, 2018, 04:23:01 PM »
Happy Chuck Yeager Challenge II Day 18!

Most of the time, the Executive works for us.  There are times when we need to work for our Executives to keep them ready (routine maintenance such as cleaning, lubricating and sharpening).

Yesterday, I posted photos showing the first stage of reconditioning an Executive that I just purchased.  I anticipated a somewhat lengthy process starting with a thorough cleaning and continuing through a progressive sanding (400 through 2500) of each blade and buffing with a polishing compound.  However, the first phase made such a huge difference that I pronounced the newly acquired Executive fit for daily driver status.  It is amazing what can be accomplished with hot water, two kinds of liquid dishwashing detergent, a tooth brush, pipe cleaners and a can of compressed air.  I put some new scales on along with a new pick and tweezers before lubricating.  The snap is restored to all of the tools and the Executive is now ready for carry duty!

What started out as this...

CYC - 17c by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

Ended up like this...

CYC - 18a by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

CYC - 18b by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

CYC - 18c by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

CYC - 18d by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

That is the great beauty of SAK's, that no matter how many years of being neglected in a pocket, some very warm soapy water and a toothbrush makes a huge difference. A tiny drop of mineral oil in a few spots will keep that SAK going for many more years. All that is some of what makes SAK's the worlds greatest pocket knife.

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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #962 on: August 18, 2018, 04:24:58 PM »
Carl,

For a while, you were a big fan of Alox SAK's.  I think you even preferred Alox to Celidor SAK's. Is that still the case?  :think:
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« Reply #963 on: August 18, 2018, 05:05:08 PM »
Carl,

For a while, you were a big fan of Alox SAK's.  I think you even preferred Alox to Celidor SAK's. Is that still the case?  :think:

Oh yes!!!

I love the checkered alox on the cadet and my old Wenger SI. If they made an executive in checkered alox I'd buy two of them immediately. One for immediate use and the other for emergency standby so I'd never. be without one. I'm not a fan of the 'new' cellidor that has all the hollow space and is paper thin in some parts. I guess it's okay for the smaller 58 and 74's. My guess is, that sometimes in the future, the executive you so very generously gifted me will be wearing some carbon fiber or other synthetic scales. I think about natural but I do like the durability of the modern synthetics like carbon fiber or even the old stand-by micarta.

« Last Edit: August 18, 2018, 05:26:41 PM by cbl51 »

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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #964 on: August 18, 2018, 05:21:37 PM »
Happy Chuck Yeager Challenge II Day 18!



Yesterday, I posted photos showing the first stage of reconditioning an Executive that I just purchased.  I anticipated a somewhat lengthy process starting with a thorough cleaning and continuing through a progressive sanding (400 through 2500) of each blade and buffing with a polishing compound.  However, the first phase made such a huge difference that I pronounced the newly acquired Executive fit for daily driver status.  It is amazing what can be accomplished with hot water, two kinds of liquid dishwashing detergent, a tooth brush, pipe cleaners and a can of compressed air.  I put some new scales on along with a new pick and tweezers before lubricating.  The snap is restored to all of the tools and the Executive is now ready for carry duty!



Great pics Jim! :like: :tu: :tu:

Nice restoration on the Executive! :cheers:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #965 on: August 18, 2018, 06:36:30 PM »
Paper micarta scales, Ivory colored, on an Executive would be very sweet.
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #966 on: August 18, 2018, 07:35:07 PM »
I appreciate the thoughts on my eBay experience.  I did exchange messages with the seller and I think that there is either a language or mental deficiency.  As it turns out, the gunked up Executive was an excellent candidate for reconditioning. It's now in excellent "Daily driver" condition. If I went the progressive sanding, buffing & polishing route, I probably could have gotten it to pass as nearly new.  I'm really pleased with the result and for the price (forgetting the blatantly false like new claim), I ended up with a good deal. It's clean, sterilized, lubricated, sporting new scales, tweezers and pick and ready for use...

CYC - 18d by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

My offer was accepted and I eagerly anticipated its arrival. 

Bummer, Jim  :P
Even if you "chalk it up to experience", I'd leave a "bad" or "neutral" feedback so that no more people, SAK fans and fellow collectors get something deceiving, not as advertised or in bad condition. That's bad seller practice and should be brought up to public attention IMO  :salute:

Chuck Yeager Challenge, Day 17 :
Used the scissors to snip some mint that didn't look all that healthy. We haven't used the mint much this summer and I think some of it is looking a bit old and tired.


so we can say that plant was not really "mint", at least in its condition  :D
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« Reply #967 on: August 18, 2018, 07:46:34 PM »
 :like:   :tu:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #968 on: August 18, 2018, 10:39:38 PM »
Happy Chuck Yeager Challenge II Day 18!

Most of the time, the Executive works for us.  There are times when we need to work for our Executives to keep them ready (routine maintenance such as cleaning, lubricating and sharpening).

Yesterday, I posted photos showing the first stage of reconditioning an Executive that I just purchased.  I anticipated a somewhat lengthy process starting with a thorough cleaning and continuing through a progressive sanding (400 through 2500) of each blade and buffing with a polishing compound.  However, the first phase made such a huge difference that I pronounced the newly acquired Executive fit for daily driver status.  It is amazing what can be accomplished with hot water, two kinds of liquid dishwashing detergent, a tooth brush, pipe cleaners and a can of compressed air.  I put some new scales on along with a new pick and tweezers before lubricating.  The snap is restored to all of the tools and the Executive is now ready for carry duty!

What started out as this...

CYC - 17c by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

Ended up like this...

CYC - 18a by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

CYC - 18b by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

CYC - 18c by NorCal Jim, on Flickr

CYC - 18d by NorCal Jim, on Flickr
Looks great!

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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #969 on: August 18, 2018, 10:41:15 PM »
Day 18
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #970 on: August 18, 2018, 11:01:52 PM »
 Nice job Jim and Mini!!

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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #971 on: August 18, 2018, 11:02:04 PM »
Day 18
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Nice pic Mini! :like: :tu: :tu:

Good use of the scissors! :D
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #972 on: August 18, 2018, 11:11:09 PM »
Thanks for your comment, Mini!

I am really happy with the results.

It is really nice to see our fellow participants in the Chuck Yeager Challenge all using the Executive!

 :cheers:

Jim
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #973 on: August 18, 2018, 11:23:54 PM »
DAY 18 (part 2)

My Executive opened a box today.

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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #974 on: August 18, 2018, 11:25:05 PM »
Day XVIII

Scored some new headphones today, the Executive assisted in the unboxing.

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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #975 on: August 18, 2018, 11:28:13 PM »
Day XVIII

Scored some new headphones today, the Executive assisted in the unboxing.

Nice pics El C! :like: :tu: :tu:

Good use of the blade! :cheers:
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« Reply #976 on: August 18, 2018, 11:43:36 PM »
Sweet ears, El C.  :tu:
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« Reply #977 on: August 19, 2018, 12:02:55 AM »
Chuck Yeager Challenge, Day 18 :

Busy day for the Executive today. It was rainy and cool, so I decided to make a batch of brownies. I do this to ensure that Mrs Nix's heart stays captivated and loyal. And it works! Listen to me fellas, make your woman a batch of brownies now and then and you'll awlways have company for New Year's Eve. Just sayin'.....

Exec opened some of the ingredients.





Meanwhile, while the brownies cooled....and Mrs Nix was tapping her watch....I tied a few flies:




The Exec's scissors proved to be excellent at snipping fur, feathers, and thread. Good reason to keep a scissors-capable SAK with you when out fishing. I suspect General Yeager had the same thought.  :salute:


Eventually the brownies were cool enough to cut.




Mrs Nix says that I'm her favorite husband at the moment.  :D

(Brownie recipe available upon request.)
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #978 on: August 19, 2018, 12:11:01 AM »
 :like:
Great uses on all accounts Nix  :tu:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #979 on: August 19, 2018, 12:19:38 AM »
Day 18 keychain update

I realized early on that as my only tool it wasn't suitable dangling off a keychain  :ahhh also size wise it's just a little bigger than I want dangling off a keychain  :ahhh so after the Challenge the Classic will be put back where it belongs  :cheers:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #980 on: August 19, 2018, 12:49:15 AM »
Nice job Nix (and I'll take that recipe buddy)! 

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« Reply #981 on: August 19, 2018, 01:08:19 AM »
PM sent!  ;)  :tu:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #982 on: August 19, 2018, 01:11:40 AM »
 :like:

It is a wise man who works to garner "Husband Points"!

 :salute:

Jim

Chuck Yeager Challenge, Day 18 :

Busy day for the Executive today. It was rainy and cool, so I decided to make a batch of brownies. I do this to ensure that Mrs Nix's heart stays captivated and loyal. And it works! Listen to me fellas, make your woman a batch of brownies now and then and you'll awlways have company for New Year's Eve. Just sayin'.....

Exec opened some of the ingredients.

(Image removed from quote.)



Meanwhile, while the brownies cooled....and Mrs Nix was tapping her watch....I tied a few flies:

(Image removed from quote.)


The Exec's scissors proved to be excellent at snipping fur, feathers, and thread. Good reason to keep a scissors-capable SAK with you when out fishing. I suspect General Yeager had the same thought.  :salute:


Eventually the brownies were cool enough to cut.

(Image removed from quote.)


Mrs Nix says that I'm her favorite husband at the moment.  :D

(Brownie recipe available upon request.)

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« Reply #983 on: August 19, 2018, 01:14:55 AM »
 :rofl:  ;)
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« Reply #984 on: August 19, 2018, 01:22:27 AM »
Chuck Yeager Challenge, Day 18, continued :

Tonight is grilled chicken night.

A man, a chicken, and a SAK:




Used the main blade to 'spatchcock' the bird. This entails removing the wishbone, the backbone, the ribs, and the pelvic bones. I usually use a bigger knife to power through some of the cuts, but the slim blade of the Executive requires a more careful and precise cutting, feeling as I go. The great thing about the slim Exec blade is that I can remove the backbone and ribs all in one step, as a single unit. Very cool.





Dusted with salt and a Moroccan "Harrisa" mix, then grilled up:



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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #985 on: August 19, 2018, 04:55:25 AM »
Chuck Yeager Challenge, Day 18, continued :

Tonight is grilled chicken night.

A man, a chicken, and a SAK:

(Image removed from quote.)


Used the main blade to 'spatchcock' the bird. This entails removing the wishbone, the backbone, the ribs, and the pelvic bones. I usually use a bigger knife to power through some of the cuts, but the slim blade of the Executive requires a more careful and precise cutting, feeling as I go. The great thing about the slim Exec blade is that I can remove the backbone and ribs all in one step, as a single unit. Very cool.

(Image removed from quote.)



Dusted with salt and a Moroccan "Harrisa" mix, then grilled up:

(Image removed from quote.)

 :tu:

I'm going to Nix's house for dinner!!!

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« Reply #986 on: August 19, 2018, 05:35:02 AM »
 :rofl:

Fun to see what these 'small' blades are capable of.  :tu:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #987 on: August 19, 2018, 07:34:30 AM »
Chuck Yeager Challenge, Day 18 :

Busy day for the Executive today. It was rainy and cool, so I decided to make a batch of brownies. I do this to ensure that Mrs Nix's heart stays captivated and loyal. And it works! Listen to me fellas, make your woman a batch of brownies now and then and you'll awlways have company for New Year's Eve. Just sayin'.....

Exec opened some of the ingredients.

(Image removed from quote.)



Meanwhile, while the brownies cooled....and Mrs Nix was tapping her watch....I tied a few flies:

(Image removed from quote.)


The Exec's scissors proved to be excellent at snipping fur, feathers, and thread. Good reason to keep a scissors-capable SAK with you when out fishing. I suspect General Yeager had the same thought.  :salute:


Eventually the brownies were cool enough to cut.


Mrs Nix says that I'm her favorite husband at the moment.  :D

(Brownie recipe available upon request.)


Great pics Nix! :like: :tu: :tu:

Good use of the scissors and blade! :cheers:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #988 on: August 19, 2018, 07:39:13 AM »
Chuck Yeager Challenge, Day 18, continued :

Tonight is grilled chicken night.

A man, a chicken, and a SAK:


Nice pics Nix! :like: :tu: :tu:

Good use of the Executive! :cheers:
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Re: CYC2: Return of the Executive
« Reply #989 on: August 19, 2018, 08:10:00 AM »
Day 18.

Pretty much as Yeager intended the Executive came for a trip out to the Norfolk Broads after a little mail opening. Hardly a day in the wild but being prepared can come to us all in the unlikeliest of places

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