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the Amazing August Explorer Challenge! 12629

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,440
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1350 on: September 01, 2019, 03:00:12 PM »
And a beer.

(Sheesh, Speedy, don't forget the beer.....)
:rofl:
Just Bananas Posts: 62,170
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1351 on: September 01, 2019, 03:26:37 PM »
Sorry and a beer :cheers: :D

fail to prepare prepare to fail
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,003
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1352 on: September 01, 2019, 04:29:43 PM »
 :drink:

Barry
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Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1353 on: September 01, 2019, 05:53:42 PM »
Well done Barry and thank you for getting onto the Badge thing  :cheers:

Edit. I'll take one for the team and crack a beer on your behalf here

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Full Member Posts: 116
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1354 on: September 01, 2019, 07:07:35 PM »
August 30/31 - been very busy the last two days bailing hay on my farm.

The Explorer has been used in myriads of ways in August.  In the past I rarely carried a four layer SAK in my pocket, but the experiences with the Explorer have taught me that it's no issue to carry the four layer knife. 

My uses have ranged from using the large and small blades to cut a variety of items, open mail and packages, preparing  and cutting food, using the awl to drill through plastic and wood, using the large straight screwdriver to tighten a variety of Phillips screws, using the can opener to scrape curved surfaces, and using the magnifier glass to read small print. About the only item I did not use was the corkscrew but I did use the small screwdriver it was holding to tighten glasses screws.

It's been a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience. The Explorer is pictured below with the modified Pioneer for changing of the guard for the September modified SAK challenge.

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,278

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Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1355 on: September 01, 2019, 08:34:04 PM »
 :like:  Great job, kc!
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,440
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1356 on: September 01, 2019, 10:39:13 PM »
August 30/31 - been very busy the last two days bailing hay on my farm.

The Explorer has been used in myriads of ways in August.  In the past I rarely carried a four layer SAK in my pocket, but the experiences with the Explorer have taught me that it's no issue to carry the four layer knife. 

My uses have ranged from using the large and small blades to cut a variety of items, open mail and packages, preparing  and cutting food, using the awl to drill through plastic and wood, using the large straight screwdriver to tighten a variety of Phillips screws, using the can opener to scrape curved surfaces, and using the magnifier glass to read small print. About the only item I did not use was the corkscrew but I did use the small screwdriver it was holding to tighten glasses screws.

It's been a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience. The Explorer is pictured below with the modified Pioneer for changing of the guard for the September modified SAK challenge.
Great usage for sure. Nice wood.  :like:
No Life Club Posts: 1,621
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1357 on: September 01, 2019, 11:21:52 PM »
August 30/31 - been very busy the last two days bailing hay on my farm.

The Explorer has been used in myriads of ways in August.  In the past I rarely carried a four layer SAK in my pocket, but the experiences with the Explorer have taught me that it's no issue to carry the four layer knife. 

My uses have ranged from using the large and small blades to cut a variety of items, open mail and packages, preparing  and cutting food, using the awl to drill through plastic and wood, using the large straight screwdriver to tighten a variety of Phillips screws, using the can opener to scrape curved surfaces, and using the magnifier glass to read small print. About the only item I did not use was the corkscrew but I did use the small screwdriver it was holding to tighten glasses screws.

It's been a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience. The Explorer is pictured below with the modified Pioneer for changing of the guard for the September modified SAK challenge.

knifecoop seems like your Explorer has been getting a nice workout. 

That Ironwood Pioneer is a nice looking knife .
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,003
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1358 on: September 02, 2019, 03:35:08 PM »
 :cheers: Phil and I'll join you! :drink:

Barry
Full Member Posts: 100
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1359 on: September 02, 2019, 04:53:43 PM »
No worries there Humayd the important thing is you did take part and shared some interesting stuff you did with your Explorer. Half the fun is never knowing quite what everyone else gets up to. Being jealous of where Nix happens to be and what he's got on the menu - that's just a bonus  :rofl:

Nice looking old Champ too.  :like:

thanks Bill
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,003
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1360 on: September 02, 2019, 05:40:13 PM »
I agree with FB Humayd.  I loved your creative posts, and very nice Champ!  Glad you were here!

Barry
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,711
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1361 on: September 04, 2019, 01:12:45 PM »
Day: 23


Mrs Nix went out to run some errands today.  Which meant that the Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner was left unattended. How fortunate.......  >:D

Evil Bay delivered up a second-hand Explorer this morning.  I always wonder about the backstory of these SAKs, offered up to collectors and modders for a few dollars. Who bought it? Why? Why is it being left go?  Was there no one to gift it to? How did it get those scratches and wear marks? Small mysteries....

I had originally thought that this one might be used as parts for my modding project, the T.O.E., but after examining it I thought it would have sufficient life left in it's Swiss bones to still be of good service as it was.

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Overawl, this Explorer was in pretty good shape. Both the knife blades have some scratches, but a little work with a fine diamond stone and black Arkansas stone brought the edges back to hair shaving sharp.

The in-line Phillips shows some signs of use. The flanges of the driver head have some slight distortion, but, tested on a couple of Phillips head screws, they still engage and drive a Phillips screw perfectly well.

Importantly, the mag glass is free of scratches and cleaned up easily. The scissors worked well. I gave the scissors a brief touch up with a Fiskars sharpener and they now cut very well indeed. The opener layer was in good shape, nothing to do there.

So, yes, this knife still has plenty of life.

Since I had the scales off, I thought I'd remove the keychain attachment point. In general, I find SAK's easier to carry without the pokey little keychain protrusion. Why not take it off for a more 'custom' Explorer?

The whole knife was a bit gunked-up with old dirt and grease, but a bath with Dawn and hot water soon brought it back to clean. I'm always amazed at how well SAK's clean up, the old Explorer was looking fresh.....but.... :think:.....I though a dip in Mrs Nix's ultrasonic jewelry cleaner wouldn't hurt. I would have asked her if it was OK, but she was out.........  ;)

Once cleaned up, I oiled the joints and made sure that the action was good. The small blade feels a little soft opening, but snaps back closed just fine. Awl the other blades feel factory fresh now.

Some new Plus Scales and a clean set of T&T installed, and I have a new favorite Explorer. I think I prefer the wider field of view of the current model Explorer's glass, but this knife is a little gem. After giving it a some care and attention, I feel bonded with it. (No, Mc Stitchy, I didn't cut myself with it.  :rofl:) It's now 'my SAK'. And what a great little tool, too!  :tu:

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Didn't know a bond can be done like that. But if you say so  :dunno:  :D

Now look at those emerald scales  :o
I find it rewarding and satisfying restoring an old knife to full functionality. Nicely done Jack.

This one here is 40+ and apart from that lovely character on the liners and nail nicks all is snappy and ready to take on any task  :hatsoff:

Formerly known as MTMatt
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,711
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1362 on: September 04, 2019, 01:15:38 PM »
Day: 28


Explorer with a coffee this morning.....

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 :tu:

Formerly known as MTMatt
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,711
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1363 on: September 04, 2019, 01:17:04 PM »
What a great challenge and a year to read through you all  :like:

Gotta make a nice cup of tea and catch up  :hatsoff:

Formerly known as MTMatt
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,711
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1364 on: September 04, 2019, 01:18:14 PM »
Well done Barry and thank you for getting onto the Badge thing  :cheers:

Edit. I'll take one for the team and crack a beer on your behalf here

 :rofl:

Formerly known as MTMatt
Full Member Posts: 100
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1365 on: September 09, 2019, 06:52:31 AM »
I agree with FB Humayd.  I loved your creative posts, and very nice Champ!  Glad you were here!
thank you Barry
No Life Club Posts: 1,108
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1366 on: September 24, 2019, 01:02:13 AM »
Just heard from Steve C.  He says it will be a little bit but doesn't see any problem getting a badge for this challenge :)

Any news/progress re the badge?  :dunno:
No Life Club Posts: 4,716
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1367 on: September 24, 2019, 01:00:15 PM »
Any news/progress re the badge?  :dunno:


 :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,003
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1368 on: September 24, 2019, 03:59:48 PM »
Nothing yet.  The badge designer was away so it might be a little bit.

Barry
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,278

Nix us

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Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1369 on: September 28, 2019, 02:44:42 PM »
 :2tu:
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 41,145
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1370 on: September 29, 2019, 10:23:34 PM »
Badge is now available for request. Please include a link to your 30th day post or badge won't be awarded  :tu:


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Just Bananas Posts: 62,170
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1371 on: September 29, 2019, 10:25:44 PM »
Cool badge  :like:

fail to prepare prepare to fail
No Life Club Posts: 1,108
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1372 on: September 29, 2019, 10:27:20 PM »
Badge is now available for request. Please include a link to your 30th day post or badge won't be awarded  :tu:

Great news and a very pretty badge!  :hatsoff:
No Life Club Posts: 3,559
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1373 on: September 29, 2019, 10:32:39 PM »
SWEET! :tu:
Requested :pok: :pok:

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Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 41,145
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1374 on: September 29, 2019, 11:09:48 PM »
Badges awarded   :cheers:
No Life Club Posts: 1,108
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1375 on: September 29, 2019, 11:15:41 PM »
No Life Club Posts: 3,559
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1376 on: September 29, 2019, 11:29:00 PM »
Thank You, Thank You.  :cheers: :cheers:

"LOGIC!  My God, the man's talking about logic!  We're talking about Universal Armageddon!"
Dr.  McCoy

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,440
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1377 on: September 29, 2019, 11:41:59 PM »
Very nice indeed! Congratulations to all  :cheers:
Just Bananas Posts: 62,170
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1378 on: September 29, 2019, 11:56:06 PM »
Congratulations everyone  :cheers:

fail to prepare prepare to fail
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,003
Re: the Amazing August Explorer Challenge!
« Reply #1379 on: September 30, 2019, 01:39:37 AM »
Congratulations everyone!!

Barry

 

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