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Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022

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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #810 on: August 04, 2022, 09:55:40 PM
I am seriously beginning to think the Serrated Spartan, maybe paired with a Classic SD or Rambler (been meaning to get one of those--checking eBay in a few minutes) will be my go-to SAK. I've tried other knives that had dual plain and serrated blades--most were too big and bulky; and on the other hand, two of the other three (Byrd Wings, Camillus Mini Double Lockback Promaster), and the third, a 58mm clone called the ASP Advocate, featured a small serrated blade, but it was hard to unlock as the liner lock release was microscopic.

The Serrated Spartan is a nominal 91mm size, and the main blade is serrated for heavy cutting, while I have the pen blade for the detail tasks. In addition, I have the can and bottle openers (plus their respective screwdriver tips), an awl, and the corkscrew. I have toothpick and tweezers (which the only other dual SE/PE SAK I own, the Dual Pro can't have due to Dual Grip scales) plus the pen and CS driver I added on my own. Plenty of tools in a standard size pocketknife. Pair it with a Rambler, Nite Ize Doohickey Plus, and a Gardener, and I'm pretty much set.


Bonus: today I used the cap lifter large SD along with the pry/slotted tip of my Nite Ize Doohickey Plus to tighten up my old '60s era Pyrex tea jug, which has two pairs of brass slotted screws holding the handle on.  Unlike the larger one-piece plastic units, this one has brass straps holding the plastic handle to the borosilicate jug.  Basically, everything I cook with is old Pyrex, bought for a couple of dollars each at flea markets and such. I think I gave maybe $10 for this jug. I tend to have a bad habit of making half-gallons at lunch, drinking the whole thing, getting sick, and then staying up half the night due to the insane amount of caffeine.  I get 3-4 12-ounce glasses out of this--enough for me.






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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #811 on: August 04, 2022, 10:13:27 PM
I love carrying the Spartan.  It packs a punch way above it's toolset.  Couple that with a serrated blade and it really has potential.
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #812 on: August 04, 2022, 11:27:56 PM
After I used the serrated Spartan like a machete, I knew it was badaxe.

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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #813 on: August 04, 2022, 11:28:37 PM
I agree, love the serrated blade!
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #814 on: August 05, 2022, 12:13:51 AM
My only worry with the serrated blade is how well it'll hold up and how hard it is to sharpen. But for a light edc  (I could take take a 111 or fixed blade for camping and heavier fix it jobs) it'd probably be quite a while before it was a problem.


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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #815 on: August 05, 2022, 01:22:44 AM
Fortunately the serrations look pretty large, which should be much easier than if they were small. Still, I generally prefer a plain edge myself.


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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #816 on: August 05, 2022, 02:55:05 AM
Today I used the cap lifter large SD along with the pry/slotted tip of my Nite Ize Doohickey Plus to tighten up my old '60s era Pyrex tea jug...
Nice old tea jug! :tu:
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #817 on: August 05, 2022, 03:25:50 PM
My only worry with the serrated blade is how well it'll hold up and how hard it is to sharpen. But for a light edc  (I could take take a 111 or fixed blade for camping and heavier fix it jobs) it'd probably be quite a while before it was a problem.
I've not had issues with them.  It seems like the serrated blades maintain an edge well. 
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #818 on: August 05, 2022, 04:36:20 PM
The past couple of days I've carried the Deluxe Tinker around. It's a lot bigger than the Spartan but I was looking forward to the expanded toolset.

So far, I've used the scissors a couple of times and everything else has been covered by, you guessed it, the tools on the Spartan. I haven't used the pliers once! Well, except as a fidget toy that is.

Yesterday evening I went for a 3 mile walk. It's my main form of exercise. As the Deluxe Tinker banged into my thigh over and over again, I started to wonder why I was carrying it exactly. It doesn't help that the DT is one of the heaviest 4 layer SAKs... Maybe the heaviest! As soon as I got home it went back in the desk drawer and a Spartan went back in my pocket.  :facepalm:

A Climber or a Camper probably make more sense for me (i.e. a Spartan with a bonus tool!). If I want a 4 layer then my old Explorer or maybe a Huntsman (which I don't own), which would be a Spartan with more bonus tools.


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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #819 on: August 06, 2022, 12:39:47 AM
Exactly Marlowe!  I'm a 'Champ fan, i.e. Mini, Swiss and Work, but I found that the Spartan covered everything perfectly.
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #820 on: August 06, 2022, 02:09:26 AM
...but you still should get a Huntsman!  :whistle:
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #821 on: August 06, 2022, 02:23:52 AM
Love the Huntsman, every tool on it is very usable, and I think the size/weight is just right. A "thin" 4 layer feels best in hand for me.


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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #822 on: August 06, 2022, 04:01:04 AM
...but you still should get a Huntsman!  :whistle:

Don’t you worry, I’m sure I will!

Besides, it’s so popular there are tons of them out there and I can get a used one cheap.


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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #823 on: August 06, 2022, 05:39:18 AM
I can attest to that.  A Huntsman was my sole EDC for 32 years...then I found MTO  :facepalm:
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #824 on: August 06, 2022, 07:34:59 AM
I can attest to that.  A Huntsman was my sole EDC for 32 years...then I found MTO  :facepalm:

... and you've never looked back eh?  :cheers:

I'd really like to try out the serrated blade Spartan but you don't see them in the UK. I think they're called a Weekender so probably they're spot on for Spartan Saturday.

I'd say the Huntsman is pretty much perfect EDC out in the country but in town a woodsaw isn't much help so a Climber or a Compact will do well. If I Vic would do an 84mm Climber I'd be made up. I can dream can't I?

Until last year and the 60 day SwissChamp challenge I was sceptical that was a practical carry but I quickly found how wrong I was on that.

But ... even with all this choice a Spartan is still a very useful and readily carryable tool. Not just on Saturdays !  :tu:

 
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #825 on: August 06, 2022, 04:59:48 PM
Correct- Weekender!
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #826 on: August 07, 2022, 03:54:15 PM
So how do we get the badge? Request from someone? Last badge was awhile ago, I don't remember  :think:
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #827 on: August 07, 2022, 10:39:43 PM
It's not ready yet Tony.  Aloha will either post on here or let me know when it's done.
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Re: Spartan Midsummer Challenge July 2022
Reply #828 on: August 07, 2022, 10:40:26 PM
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