And a beer. (Sheesh, Speedy, don't forget the beer.....)
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.
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 Nice looking old Champ too.
Day: 23Mrs Nix went out to run some errands today. Which meant that the Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner was left unattended. How fortunate....... 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.(Image removed from quote.)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.... .....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. ) It's now 'my SAK'. And what a great little tool, too! (Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)
Day: 28Explorer with a coffee this morning.....(Image removed from quote.)
Well done Barry and thank you for getting onto the Badge thing Edit. I'll take one for the team and crack a beer on your behalf here
I agree with FB Humayd. I loved your creative posts, and very nice Champ! Glad you were here!
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?
Badge is now available for request. Please include a link to your 30th day post or badge won't be awarded