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Our move from Palmer, Alaska to North Wilkesboro, North Carolina has been a long process in finally getting somewhat settled in. Our knife shop has been closed for over a year and a half. We are now in our double wide and the shop was put up last Friday. I am setting up work tables and starting to get our tool mounted and organized. I am thankful for this and all of God’s blessings this holiday season.
When cold weather hits we of coarse have to add more clothing to hold in our body heat. Our body is what is warm and we have to keep that warmth in. I won’t go into great detail about heat loss, but there are several factors such as wind and moisture. Living in the Matsu Valley in Alaska for 15 years I had the opportunity to try different layering methods. I start with a base layer of polypropylene or mix of polypropylene / wool for my body. I wear merino wool socks with insulated boots. For the next layer I wear pants according to what I am doing and a fleece or wool shirt. I wear a down or fleece vest often to keep the core of the body warm. I then wear the appropriate jacket or coat. I do not wear cotton as it holds moisture against the skin and water is our enemy in cold weather. The outer layer depends on wind, rain, and temperature. A simple wind breaker over other layers makes all of the difference in the wind. Make sure when you layer that you do not constrict your blood flow, especially footwear with layering socks. If your foot feels cramped up in your shoes your socks and footwear is too tight. I learned this from experience. Experiment with loose fitting layers and add the right shell for the weather, whether cold, wind or rain. Also staying dry is staying warm. Our bodies loose heat 25 times faster when wet. Stay dry and warm and use layers instead of a t shirt and big coat.
BUCK. INGENUITY RUNS IN THE FAMILY A young Kansas blacksmith apprentice named Hoyt Buck was looking for a better way to temper steel so it would hold an edge longer. His unique approach produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Hoyt made each knife by hand, using worn-out file blades as raw material. His handy […]
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