Things are finally coming together. One SOS pouch arrived today from the Ukraine. Hopefully, I’ll manage to get a hold of a second one before vacation starts.Just in case the SOS pouches don’t work out, I ordered some wool pouches from Switzerland, made from retired Swiss Army blankets. I can use them to hold the survival items, and store the pouches in fanny packs. The pouches are of extraordinary quality. Is everything crafted in Switzerland always perfect?
Just to add to the madness, I've added some more Swiss Army goodness to this summer's vacation, with a bit of pocket watch fun. I'm going to try to bench my favorite Seiko Alpinist for the vacation, and try carrying a pocket watch. The Victorinox just arrived yesterday. The Wenger I've had for a number of years, and I'm throwing a favorite old Timex in as well.
What amazing memories I'm sure. I don't need to tell you, you are truly a blessed man. I cherish every moment I have with my kids. The pocket watches are cool. I really like the leather cases. Its nice to hear the Swisschamps got a good workout. The pictures are amazing thank you so much for sharing with us
Two weeks of this summer's SwissChamp vacation are now complete, and it was a lot of fun.
Two weeks of this summer's SwissChamp vacation are now complete, and it was a lot of fun. Our SwissChamps, pocketwatches and survival kits were used quite a bit. We made sure to record as many tool uses as possible, and here is the breakdown.Large Blade - 9Can Opener - 3Bottle Opener - 6Reamer/Punch - 1Scissors - 3Wood Saw -1Ruler -1File - 5Pliers - 2Magnifier - 2So there it is. Every major layer on the SwissChamp was used at some point, and the fun is only half over. We head back out in ten days for the next two weeks of camping. The last leg will be a bit more leisurely, so I expect more time to be devoted to projects, which should theoretically show a spike in usage.The wonderful SwissChamp - Mark I(Image removed from quote.)Me opening a can of Beefaroni at base camp.(Image removed from quote.)Of the pocketwatches, the Victorinox was by far my favorite. Easy to take on and off, without having to undo my belt. It hung just low enough, when using the belt hanger, to slip just into my front pocket, to help protect it. And when I wasn't wearing a belt, I could just use the included leather pocket slip. Great watch.(Image removed from quote.)And a few vacation pics(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)
My second week of Adirondack adventure has now concluded, and I'm pleased to say that the SwissChamp still reigned supreme. Actually it reigned alone. I was confident in its abilities to leave all other knives behind, and rely solely upon its merits. My daughter and I did a ton a bikepacking, canoeing and some very remote camping while were in the Adirondacks, and my SwissTank proved invaluable.I was actually out in the field for so long this summer that I had to file down my toe nails with the file, which is no easy chore. But the file made quick work of the job. The fish scaler was never used for its intended purpose, but proved to be an excellent coffee stirrer for those rare times when I was close enough to civilization to find some cream.(Image removed from quote.)My daughter's favorite Swisschamp implement turned out to be the wood saw, which she used to saw dead wood she had collected, for the creation of her tiny tipi.(Image removed from quote.)During a brief time that were in civilization, we went to the Adirondack Museum, which featured an old Adirondack railway train. Some miscreant had decided to remove one of the old wooden knobs from the train's control center and left it on the ground nearby. I took it upon myself to return the knob to it's original location in the train, and used the cap lifter's flathead screwdriver during the assembly.(Image removed from quote.)At this point in time, the SwissTank is firmly entrenched in my own sense of self. It has been with me continually from dawn until dusk, constantly put to task. I've become thoroughly accustomed to its reassuring weight in my front pocket. It's what I always use for pretty much everything I do, a constant companion. The SwissTank has been the primary implement I use to interact with the world around me. I hate to use the word "tool" because it is so much more than that. It doesn't just build and fix things. It helps me to explore and further understand the natural world. It aids me in my own self keeping, and even helps feed me. It grooms me and helps me to build things. It is truly an aid to life.(Image removed from quote.)
My second week of Adirondack adventure has now concluded, and I'm pleased to say that the SwissChamp still reigned supreme.
No. The G-10 scales were ordered from a third party. I just modified the green ones a bit.
Thanks for this wonderful and rather heartwarming thread Buzzbait. I have greatly enjoyed reading it.If I may ask a question, what grades of sandpaper did you use to finish the G10 scales on the SwissTank? They look perfect.I haven’t worked with G10 but I imagine the dust from sanding it would be good to avoid inhaling, getting in eyes, etc.
I used a number of pieces of adhesive backed SIC wet/dry paper, mounted to old computer mouse pads. I believe I started around 600 grit, and went as far as 2000 grit to put some shine on them. G10 dust is definitely something you don't want to inhale. I sat outside, next to a folding table to do the work, and wore a breathing mask. But it wasn't too bad. The work was done very quickly.
Great write-up and finish to your Adirondack adventure Buzzbait! Nice pics! The memories you have created will last forever!
Thanks everybody. It was a wonderful experience, that I hope to partake in next year as well. So many great sights and memories.(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)
Again some great photo’s - and that tree stump - big enough to serve as a table top!
Thanks everybody. It was a wonderful experience, that I hope to partake in next year as well. So many great sights and memories.