Bought a Ka-Bar blade today.
...and a sharpening stone.
Bought a Ka-Bar blade today.
...and a sharpening stone.
Oh man, I love a good blade and a good sharpening stone! One of my passions, behind gold and silver of course. To me there's nothing quite like a good old Washita stone. But really good ones are hard to find!
I'm a "blade guy" myself. Just ordered one of these:
Just a question guys...
I purchased the classic 7" long blade, without the serrated edges, and i noticed on the side of the box a warning label about the lead content.
The label states:
'WARNING: This product contains lead a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm.'
Any thoughts or precautions i should take?
Don't sharpen it with a grinding wheel, and if you do, wear a dust mask and you'll be fine. It is inhalation of the fine particulates that you want to avoid. Handling it and/or normal use does not pose a danger.
Thanks - i appreciate your response.
A fellow Turdite posted an 'Essential Items List' of about 50 or more items one should have if/when SHTF. From the most important to the least.
I believe it was posted as a comment in the main blog once - about 4-5 weeks ago? Maybe by DPH? Not sure.
But, if someone knows the list i'm referring too - could you please re-post it.
This may be the link you're looking for:
Seedlings planted out:
Most plants above are from seed saving. The soil seedbank has also contributed a bunch of plants. It's spring here so the olive tree is flowering, the first batch of toms are flowering, blueberries are growing. I'm completely out of space and growing in every space I can find. The worm farm is producing about 6litres of worm tea per week! Beetroot not far off harvest. Lovely...
Is it legal to own wasp/hornet spray? It sprays about 15-20 feet.
That is what I would do if I couldn't have guns.
Just got my new Radiation Monitor DX-1. Made in USA by Industrial Test Systems, Inc, Rock Hill SC, compact & super simple to use, takes one 9v battery, paid about $260. These have been hard to find since Fukushima. Reads beta, gamma, & x-ray to 10 mR/h. Produce & seafoods at the local grocery were fine, Thank God! Found an old pocket watch around the house with a radium dial, which reads about 3 mR/h. Nothing but random background clicks anywhere else, which is reassuring.
cleaning out the cupboards, noticed I had room for more canned food, went to the grocery store, Progresso's were on sale, 3 for 6 dollars. Usually here in Chico they are at least 2.50 for everything except the lentil. @ $2 a can I got lots of different flavors. Variety is the spice of life:)
The dried food lets me sleep even easier than my PM stack sometimes. Right now is one of those times.
In some way, shape, or form I prepare every single day of my life because it is better to have something & not need it, than to need it & not have it. I am really fortunate that wife#2 is a good practical sort. She opens up whole new doors to the word paranoid & if I pass her inspection, I know that I am indeed locked on. ;) We participated in the 3 B's (beans,bullets,bullion) these last few days.
Something I do multiple times each day is get on my knees & give praise to Him for keeping me alive & being patient with me. Without Him I would have been miserably dead long ago. According to the Book of Baruch we are to prepare our souls. I strive to heed him.
Good luck to you.
We made this little compost system for our back yard, and after four weeks, it is working great!
Simple and cheap dual composters: We got 55 gall food-grade barrels off craigslist for $13 apiece, cut off the tops of both at the indentation mark and flipped over tops so they cap on with a 3/4" overlap; spray painted both black to increase interior temp; drilled about twelve 1/2" holes for oxygenation; cut out slots for bungee cords to secure lids, and then mounted both barrels on a stainless steel rod that is supported by sawhorses (with a couple of supports). Great for increasing garden productivity and decreasing household waste. Total cost, less than $50, including spray paint for plastic and bungees.
We are using two barrels because there is one "cooking" barrel and one "adding" barrel...
Since our soil here in FL is so sandy, we need to supplement soil if we want to grow anything.
By the way, that body of water in the background is NOT a pool... that's a fresh water supply...
Nice setup Rat. Might I suggest you get some red worms and put them in there as well? Vermicomposting will produce some of the best soil you can find on the planet.
I need to thank you. I have been talking about shtf prep for a while now with my wife. It was your post about not checking your brain at the church door that opened her eyes. I am eternally grateful to you for posting such an enlightening comment at the beginning of this thread.
It is much easier to prep when your wife is on board. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
So far I've expanded the suburban garden, learning what grows in our pitiful Texas sandy soil, bought a Berkey, stocked 2 months of canned goods, discussed firearms with my wife and got her to agree we need them/it is time to go to the range, and will be building my own 'sawhorse and barrel' composter soon.
This is my second post in Turdville. Been lurking for a while. It was time to say thank you to the group here. Keep posting, you guys are great.
TURD: YOU ROCK DUDE!
At the risk of grossing everyone out, I have to admit that the other day I saw some creepy crawly things about 1/2" to 3/4" long in our almost-finished compost. On close inspection and after comparing these things (my photo below) with photos on the internet...
I discovered these are "black soldier fly larvae," and believe it or not, it appears that I am now on the cutting edge of composting with the accidental intrusion of these "non-pest" critters. I have to admit, they demolish kitchen scraps within days. They are making my compost machine work at triple-speed capacity. And, when the pupae hatch, the soldier flies will just fly away, without carrying any disease or the capacity to bite.
My husband was all for dumping all of our compost and installing screens on the 1/2 inch hole entry points through which their soldier fly mothers must have entered our compost barrels, but now that I have researched these worms I am willing to take a wait and see approach. These things are composting kings, and people actually pay $25 for a small margarine tubful of them (with some edibles for shipping) on ebay, just to enhance their compost system. I know. Gross.
But the interesting thing, for me, is that researchers claim they will recycle even pet poop -- the stuff we all want to compost but are told we dare not -- so I am doing a little experiment...
I have some of these larvae in a mesh-topped jar with some compost, a couple of kitchen scraps, and a cat poop (really, it just gets worse; if you have a weak stomach, please just stop here and move on). I am trying to ascertain if the pet poop will be consumed prior to the kitchen scraps. If so, imagine! These guys will be the answer to disposing of pet poop safely and organically, while converting it to a beneficial product for your garden!
I'll let you know what the result is in a few days.
I have a book recommendation for all you composters...
Well, I've decided to call this experiment a flop. Go figure, the black soldier fly larvae do not like to eat cat poop. In fact, I believe I made them comatose with the fumes, despite the addition of lemon and basil. They were clearly not feeling well and not eating much.
My verdict: while these larvae do voraciously devour and help process vegetarian kitchen scraps and normal compost, they don't like to eat sh*t. Poor buggers.