A soft spot for outdoor youth

This post brings back memories.


SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA At a recent gun show I dropped the price on knives for 2 different boys. I had several Mora Companions for sale, which are excellent knives for their price range. I told my son that although I hated losing the money I remember looking at knife displays as a boy and could not afford a lot of the knives that I really wanted. I like to have a line of decent knives that youth can afford especially in todays electronic world. Youth for the most part cannot afford my handmade knives but knives like Mora are great knives for outdoor youth. I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the late sixties and early seventies. My first real sheath knife was a Sabre brand Bowie knife that cost $2.50. I could not afford the Bucks, Cases, and Schrades that I kept my eye on. I also…

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What should I carry everyday

There are a lot of opinions out there on the everyday carry topic. My personal favorites are a Victorinox Hiker and an original Leatherman Supertool. Added to this is a bigger knife with a pocket clip. I also carry a lighter and a Zippo striker. I generally if possible to layer in to my clothing have on a lanyard with a whistle and small light. The everyday carry topic is as personal as your survival kit. I like big knives and machetes but do not carry them on me every day. It also depends on where I am going as to which to which bigger pocket knife I carry. I have always lived in the country but would probably change some things if I lived in the city. I believe the Victorinox and Leatherman would stay though. Find a suitable system that fits your needs but having a cutting tool and a way to start a fire is very handy. Also a whistle and small flashlight are great to have.

Custom Knives

The Lynx by Denney Knives                                                           The Lynx has a rustic finish blade made of 1095 carbon steel. The blade was edge quenched and triple tempered. The handle is paduk, which is an African hardwood.

Radiant Warmth for Pennies per Day

The Warmth Within

After the successful operation of my Candle-lamp design, I decided to research oil burning lamps.

The benefits of using oil as fuel for a ceramic heater inspired me to create my newest design, this Radiant Heat Oil Lamp. The metal and ceramic radiator assembly is almost identical to the one used in th Candle-lamp, however the higher calorific value of the paraffin lamp oil means that this device puts out more heat.

The oil burns more steadily than a wax candle fuel source, and the flame remains at a constant distance from the radiator assembly.

It is important to keep the wick trimmed very close to the top of the glass wick holder in order to keep the flame at an optimum size.  I’ve noticed if the flame height exceeds an inch or so, some of the hydrocarbons do not completely burn and instead ride the heat up into…

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