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What is a pocket knife made of?

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Pocket knives can be made from various materials, including metals, handle materials, and other components. Here's an overview of the common materials used in the construction of pocket knives:

Blade Material:

Steel: The blade of a pocket knife is typically made of steel, which offers durability, hardness, and corrosion resistance. Common types of steel used for knife blades include stainless steel, carbon steel, Damascus steel, and high-carbon stainless steel.

Handle Material:

Metal: Some pocket knife handles are made of metal, such as stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, or brass. Metal handles offer durability, strength, and a sleek appearance.

Wood: Wooden handles, such as those made from hardwoods like walnut, maple, or ebony, provide a warm, natural look and comfortable grip. Wood handles may be treated with finishes or sealants to enhance durability and moisture resistance.

Plastic or Polymer: Pocket knife handles can also be made from synthetic materials like plastic, nylon, G-10, or FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon). These materials offer lightweight, durable, and affordable options, with various textures and colors available.

Composite Materials: Some pocket knife handles are constructed from composite materials, such as carbon fiber, Micarta, or laminate, which combine layers of different materials to create a strong, lightweight, and visually appealing handle.

Other Components:

Bolsters: Bolsters are metal fittings that reinforce the junction between the blade and the handle. They provide added strength and stability to the knife.

Fasteners: Pocket knives may use various types of fasteners, such as screws, rivets, or pins, to hold the blade, handle scales, and other components together.

Liners: Liners are thin metal plates that are often used to reinforce the handle and provide additional strength and stability. They may be visible or hidden within the handle construction.

Pocket knives come in a wide range of designs, styles, and materials, allowing users to choose the combination that best suits their preferences, intended use, and budget. The choice of materials can impact the knife's performance, durability, aesthetics, and overall feel in hand.

How often should a knife be sharpened?

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The frequency with which you should sharpen a knife depends on various factors, including how often you use the knife, the type of knife, the cutting tasks involved, and your own preferences. Here are some general guidelines:

Usage Frequency:

High-frequency usage, such as daily cooking or professional kitchen work, may require more frequent sharpening. If you use your knife less frequently, it might not need sharpening as often.

Type of Knife:

Different knives serve different purposes, and their sharpening needs can vary. For example, a chef's knife used for chopping and slicing might need more frequent sharpening than a utility knife or a specialized knife.

Cutting Tasks:

Cutting tasks also influence how often a knife should be sharpened. If you frequently cut through dense or tough materials, the knife may require more regular sharpening.

Cutting Surface:

The surface on which you cut plays a role. Softer cutting surfaces, like wood or plastic cutting boards, are less abrasive to the knife edge than harder surfaces like glass or granite. Using softer cutting surfaces can help maintain the edge for a longer time.

Knife Maintenance:

Regular maintenance, such as honing with a honing rod or steel, can help extend the time between actual sharpening sessions. Honing doesn't remove metal but straightens the edge and can be done more frequently.

Personal Preference:

Some individuals prefer their knives to be extremely sharp and may sharpen them more frequently, while others are comfortable with a less acute edge. Personal preference plays a role in determining the sharpening frequency.

As a general guideline, a kitchen knife that is used regularly for typical kitchen tasks might benefit from sharpening every 2-3 months. However, it's crucial to pay attention to the knife's performance and sharpen it when needed. Signs that a knife requires sharpening include:

Decreased Cutting Performance: If the knife doesn't cut as smoothly as before, it may need sharpening.

Blade Feels Dull or Tugs: A dull blade tends to tug or drag on food rather than effortlessly slicing through it.

Visible Nicks or Damage: If the blade has visible nicks, chips, or damage, it's time for more than just honing, and sharpening is necessary.

Adjust the sharpening frequency based on your specific needs, habits, and the condition of your knives. Using proper cutting techniques and storing knives appropriately can also contribute to maintaining their sharpness for longer periods.

Is a Victorinox a good pocket knife to go camping with?

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Yes, Victorinox is a reputable brand that produces high-quality pocket knives, including models that are well-suited for camping. The Victorinox Swiss Army knives are particularly popular among campers and outdoor enthusiasts for several reasons:

Durability: Victorinox knives are known for their durability. They are crafted with high-quality stainless steel and are built to withstand various outdoor tasks and conditions.

Versatility: Swiss Army knives typically come with multiple tools in one compact package, such as blades, screwdrivers, can openers, tweezers, and more. These versatile tools can be handy for various camping needs, from cutting ropes to preparing food.

Reliability: Victorinox knives are renowned for their reliability and functionality. They are designed to perform well in different situations, making them a practical choice for camping activities.

Portability: Their pocket-sized design makes them convenient to carry around during camping trips. They are lightweight and easy to store in a pocket or backpack.

When choosing a Victorinox knife for camping, consider the specific features you might need based on your camping activities. Some models have additional tools like saws or scissors, which can be particularly useful for outdoor tasks. Ensure you select a model that meets your requirements in terms of blade size, additional tools, and overall functionality.

Overall, Victorinox Swiss Army knives are generally considered reliable and suitable companions for camping due to their quality, versatility, and durability.

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What foods are best for camping?

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Good foods for camping are foods that will not spoil on your trip (if you are camping with a cooler, this includes pretty much anything you eat at home) and foods that are easy to cook at your campsite. If you plan to cook over a fire or a simple backpacking style stove the best foods are foods that can be cooked on a grill, on a stick or in a packet of foil like hot dogs and other meat, marshmallows, baking potatoes, corn and foods that can be boiled like noodles, soups, corn, and veggies. Canned foods that just need to be heated up are good for people who are uncomfortable with cooking in a primitive kitchen. Other good camping foods are foods that don't need to be cooked at all like sandwiches, crackers, chips, and fruit. That said, you really can eat whatever you want when you go camping: the deliciousness of your camping food is restricted only by your own creativity and ability to cook in a primitive kitchen.

For a backpacking trip the best foods are non-perishable foods that are lightweight, high in nutrients/calories and use a minimal amount of fuel to prepare. Foods like nuts, dried fruits, beef jerky, powdered soups, pasta, couscous, parboiled rice, and dried veggies. There is advice and good recipes for backpacking at the website in related links. The website is about hiking the Wonderland trail around Mt. Rainier but the meal planning advice works for any backpacking trip.

How Much is a S and W Airweight 38 spl CTG worth?

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10-1000 USD depending on specifics.

Is camping safe?

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  1. You might easily get lost
  2. You might be injured
  3. You might run into a dangerous animal
  4. You might get sick
  5. You might camp on a flood plain and be washed away with a flash flood
  6. You might never be seen again

Always make sure someone knows exactly where you are and never camp by yourself unless it is in one of those public campgrounds with rangers and lots of other people around you.

When on a camping holiday how far apart should the tents be placed?

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I don't know of any distance between tents that is a requirement anywhere, but you do not want to have any guy lines from the tents criss crossing and causing a tripping hazard. I have set up tents really close before because there just wasn't enough room but I prefer to spread out. When you set up your camp with several tents, you should set it up with specific things in mind. Where is the trails coming in and out of the site, do not block the trail to the outhouse, bath house, rest room, etc. Set it up with plenty of room to breath and work around the camp. Keep tents away from the cooking area. The cooking area attracts critters, big and small, during the night. If Bob snores or worse yet, has eaten more then his share of the beans for dinner, then you may want some distance from his tent particularly up wind. (Pay attention to the wind direction). Seriously though, you want to set up your tents in a way that will not hamper your movements and actions in the camp and keep things safe.

Tents should be 200 feet from lakes and streams, and about that far from cooking areas (especially in bear country).

Don't forget about lightning. If it looks like storms are approaching, spread your tents out by at least 15-20 feet for safety. Otherwise, the whole campsite could get zapped by one strike. (Learn more about lightning before you go!)

When is the tent sale?

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Scheduled for the weekend of May 21, 22, 23rd of 2010

What is good food for camping?

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Some good picnic foods are:

  • Small sandwiches of various sorts: cold cuts, peanut butter and jelly, mustard and pastrami, orange marmalade, etc. wrapped well in cellophane or foil and kept in a cooler with ice.
  • fruit or fruit salad
  • vegetables like celery spears, baby carrots, tomato slices, pepper slices, etc.
  • fried chicken
  • potato salad kept in a cooler of ice
  • cheese
  • condiments for sandwiches: mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, etc.
  • potato chips (dip if desired)
  • Lemonade, iced tea, water, sodas to drink
  • paper plates and cups; forks, knives, and spoons; napkins, etc.

What is the type of fuel you would take to a camping trip?

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wild guess, gasoline

Do all tents leak?

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Sometimes its not leaking, its condensation on the inside of the tent that falls when its knocked off from the slightest touch. If the tent has lost its waterproofing, the water may be 'transmitted' throught the fabric through wick action of someone touching it.

What to bring to go camping?

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Well, if you're going camping, you'll need the basic camping essentials:

  • Money(if needed)
  • Water
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen(depends where you live)
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • You know, the basic needs, right? SO go and have fun. :P

How do you tell time using a compass?

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You would not be able to tell the time accurately, for you will have to estimate degrees across the sky. AND you'll need to know whether you have daylight saving or not; and also the magnetic variation of the magnetic field at your location. And of course which hemisphere you are in. BUT don't forget, this was the basis of telling the time used by the ancients before the compass (and watches) were invented, for they knew the direction in which the sun was highest in the sky.

Start. For this exercise, we'll assume that you're in a location where you can make marks on the ground, And that you have an undamaged compass. You'll also need a small branch with two tips with you can draw a circle on the ground.

First. Determine the direction of true north. Correct the direction pointed by the compass needle for the magnetic variation at your site. This variation will be + or - from the needle indication, and may have a magnitude of several tens of degrees. Mark this direction on the ground with a line. This direction is true north. [For a +ve variation, subtract the number from the compass scale. For a -ve variation, add the number to the compass scale.]

Second. Using the pair of tips of your branch as a pair of compasses [this is the drawing instrument we refer to, and that's its proper name.] draw a circle on the ground, and in this circle, proceed to draw one of those six-pointed propellers. You will have played around doing this with your drawing set at some time. Thus the angle between any adjacent pair of 'propeller tip' is 60o (degrees). It will be helpful to mark the 30o and the 15o positions as well between one of the pairs of adjacent 'propeller tips'.

Now you know that the sun appears to revolve around the earth 360o degrees in 24 hours, so the sun moves across the sky by 15o per hour. [360 divided by 24].

Third. Mark on the ground a line in the direction of the sun and intersecting your 'true north' line above. This your Sun Line. Using our 'propeller diagram' estimate the degrees between your true north line, and your Sun Line. Remember the sun moves 15o each hour. You should be able now to determine the time. This time will be the true time for that longitude.

BUT. In some countries, the accepted time zones span many degrees of longitude; China and Russia come to mind; so local time as given by the time zone may well be out by several hours when compared with the true time! And daylight saving also has its effect. [And my country has a permanent 30 minute offset as well for reasons convenient to us.]

How long does it take to hike apalacian trail in NH?

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The Appalachian Trail stretches 161 miles in the state of New Hampshire, how long it would take you to hike that far depends on a lot of factors. The trail in New Hampshire is fairly difficult so depending on your level of experience you could hike anywhere between 5 and 9 miles per day, so it could take anywhere from 17 to 33 days to hike all the way through.

What is the purpose of a quinny footmuff?

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The Quinny Footmuff is an accessory for the Quinny stroller. It acts as a cover for baby, providing a sleeping bag type design to keep them warm. The Quinny Footmuff is designed to be strapped into the seat, but still provide easy access for getting baby in and out.

How do you sharpen a knife properly?

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No matter how good a knife is and how well you maintain it, in the end you have to sharpen it.

Professional chefs need to sharpen their knives on daily bases. Obviously, home cooking is less demanding.

Contrary to the popular belief, butcher's steel is not a sharpening device, but is designed to realign the deformed edge, which (deformation) is the primary reason of the knife dulling.

Knives hold a straight edge at the molecular and super-molecular level. Unless damaged by abuse, knives will dull when the fine edge becomes bent or rolled back upon itself, although the degree of bend is invisibly small. Stroking the knife's blade (both sides on European blades; Japanese blades are usually one-sided) on a honing steel at an angle of between roughly equal to the actual angle of the blade, will often renew an edge to its original sharpness by straightening the edge.

For chefs' knives, you should hone your knife nearly every time you pick it up -- 20 or so strokes will do. Note that honing an edge on a steel does not remove metal from the blade as does actual sharpening. If you must actually sharpen, the best way is to send the knife to a pro, and pay them to do it right. If you need to sharpen the blade yourself, here's the most detailed procedure I know.

You can of course omit some parts and still get good results. First, determine the angle of the edge of the blade. You can get this information from the manufacturer, or you can try and observe it very carefully. Know that the very edge of the knife is almost never the same angle you see from the back of the blade to the edge -- the edge is typically different. As a last resort, re-grind the edge to a known angle, around 20 degrees, using a grinder -- something better left to a professional.

I like to use 3 whetstones: one course carborundum water stone, a fine water stone, and an Arkansas oil stone. All of these are easily harder than the metal of the knife blade itself. Work from the coarsest stone to the finest. If you can, avoid working much with the coarser stones, as they remove a lot of metal from the knife. Wet the stone and rinse it thoroughly to make sure the pores on the stone aren't already clogged with metal. Place the stone on a damp dishcloth (s it doesn't slide), on a flat surface. Rest the edge of the knife on the stone at the angle of the edge, so that the sharp edge is pointing away from you, and place your fingertips lightly on the flat of the blade, so that you can exert an even, very gentle pressure along the length of the blade (instead of exerting all the pressure from your grip on the haft alone). Slide the knife back towards you (blade pointing away) slowly and evenly, being careful to maintain that exact angle.

Whetting the blade at too large an angle will result in a dull knife; using to fine an angle will result in a knife that starts sharp but dulls very quickly. As you draw back, be careful to follow the curve of the blade (if any) -- you don't want to change the geometry of your knife. Very few knives of any kind have a perfectly straight-edged blade. I like to do about 10 strokes, then turn the knife over and repeat for 10 more strokes on the other side. On the coarse stone, do this until the knife blade is uniformly even and sharp. DO NOT USE THIS TECHNIQUE TO REMOVE NICKS -- you can tear up your whetstones and it's almost impossible to remove enough metal to take out a nick -- that needs to be done by a pro. The coarser the stone is, the more it will leave the edge microscopically uneven. An uneven edge can cut like a micro-serrated edge, but will feel uneven, and will quickly dull as the serrations and uneven spots wear down, and the blade evens out. As soon as you can, shift gears down to a finer stone and repeat the process.

Remember throughout that your goal is to change the knife as little as possible. You want to leave as much metal on the blade as you can, and never change the curve or shape of the blade. The edge you're working towards, when viewed from the front or back of the blade, should be neither concave nor convex relative to the original shape of the knife (except for some oriental blades, which are designed as convex blades on one side, and require a different technique). The Arkansas oilstone uses a fine mineral oil instead of water, and is extremely fine. Use it to finish your blade, and feel free to spend quite a few strokes on this step. At completion, hone the knife on a sharpening steel before finishing. Note that you cannot indefinitely sharpen a knife to regain the edge. Eventually, the thickness of the remaining blade will increase as more and more metal is removed, and sharpening the knife from thick stock down to a fine edge will no longer be possible with this method. At that point, a pro will need to re-grind the blade. As this actually does change the geometry of the blade, you should start thinking about replacing the knife. Note that a professional sharpening and a re-grinding are not at all the same thing. If the knife is good quality steel and new its a case of maintenance, use a high quality knife honing steel, a few strokes every single time before you use the knife and during if doing a lot of cutting, will keep the knife razor sharp.

If the knife is already very dull (shame on you!!!) a carpenters sharpening flat stone is very good at reviving a knifes edge, just be aware that the angle you sharpen a knife at is crucial. Take it to a professional sharpener, then maintain the edge as above. Sharp knives cut people far less than blunt knives, because less pressure is used to cut. Care for your knives and they will last a lifetime.

Notes regarding the Diamond Hone. It looks like a steel but it's not. As diamond is a lot harder than steel, using a diamond hone will remove steel from the blade. Don't use this tool for honing; use it ONLY for actual sharpening.

Where is the best place to go camping?

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The best place to find free camping is on public lands. A small clearing, a fire ring and a picnic table is all you'll get - but if free and privacy is what you seek, these are the best.

There are numerous small campgrounds in remote regions in the western USA. The farther off the pavement you go, the better chance if finding a free, secluded camp site. Some with decent scenery, forests, waterfalls, rivers, creeks, nearby hiking & biking trails. All are without flush toilets or RV hook-ups. No amenities means minimal upkeep, so there is usually no charge for these spots.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) & NFS (National Forest Service) have most of these no-cost style campgrounds. Do a search for BLM camping or NF campgrounds in your state to find what is available in your desired area.

Primitive camp sites are also free. These are also called open, dispersed or dry camping, without any facilities what-so-ever. No developed campground, just you and a rock ring for your camp fire. But be warned: wild fire dangers are real in Cali, so you will need a free fire permit from the nearest ranger station, a water bucket, and a shovel.

My 13 year old outdoor site specializes in finding these FREE type of camp sites. I point you in the right direction for what ever terrain you desire and let you know what to expect in the boonies. I can also sell you a waterproof topo map so you won't get lost on the back roads.

Happy Camping!


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Where is it possible to do tent camping in the US?

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It's easy to camp at every place that is permitted for camping in USA, because non permitted areas maybe dangerous for people . You should also need to know about the types of camping tents and about the type you need.

To know more visit The Tent hub

Is a tent a frame or shell structure?

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A tent is a frame structure

What is a loop with a slip knot the tightens as the rope is pulled?

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You seem to be describing a noose. The cowboys use a lariat.

Where do you use a dome tent?

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while camping

Where can you buy camping trailers?

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One could purchase a camping cot online from websites like Amazon or eBay. Alternatively, one could buy it in store to avoid the shipping. Stores like Big 5 and Sports Authority carry camping cots.

What are some Camping dares?

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shred up some paper and write the alphabet (one letter per shredded paper) and put them into a bag. draw them out 1 person at a time.if u get a certain letter u do the dare.

A is for Argument: tell your besties the worst and weirdest argument u had with your parents.

B is for enjoying her boobs during se.......

C is for Cringing: sing your fave song at the top of your voice but do it as bad as possible.

D is for dance like no one watching: Your dare is to turn on the radio and start dancing to what ever song comes on, for 30 seconds.

E is for emergency: Smear tomato sauce on your hand then act like your finger has been chopped off in front of your parents or your friends parents.

F is for fridge bandit: you have to stand in front of the fridge, shut your eyes and reach in.(no peeking!) you have to take a bite of what ever you grab.

G if for group hug: this every one has to do. HAVE A BIG GROUP HUG!

H is for hair nutso: let your besties tease your hair for 30 seconds.

I is for inside out: you have to put all your clothes on inside out then walk around the house like everything is normal.

J is for joker: tell all the players the worst joke you've ever heard.

K is for kisses: your dare is to be blindfolded then kiss three things that your besties put in front of you (without knowing what they are)

L is for lovely words: say two nice things about every player in the room.

M is for make up disaster: Make up your face using at least 6 colors. no washing of for an hour!

N is for new wardrobe: your dare is to put on every single thing hanging on your besties room door.

O is for opera: sing like an opera singer all the while doing a chicken dance.

P is for prank: play a prank on the hostess's big/little brother/sister. think of something funny to do with your friends.

Q is for quick quiz: each player in the room gets to ask you one question about anything and you have to answer.

R is for race to drink: you have to drink a glass of water in 30 seconds, while being tickled by your friends!

S is for sleeping bag silliness: get inside your sleeping bag (put it over your head) then walk in front of the adults and tell them your lost.

T is for truth time: tell us the truth- have you ever peed in a pool?

U is for underwear freeze: put a fresh pair of undies in the freezer for 20 minutes. take them out and change into them for 30 seconds.

V is for vocabulary: memorize five words in the dictionary that are longer then 12 letters. call someone and have a conversation - using all five words.

W is for water works: pretend you have just received the worst news ever and cry your eyes out. bonus points for real tears.

X is for x-treame embarrassment: act out the most embarrassing moment of your life in front of your friends.

Y is for you choose: get the players in the room to make up a dare for you.

Z is for zinc/paint attack: put colorful zinc/paint on your nose then go and say hi to the adults. pretend you have no idea that you got zinc on your nose.

How can you build a tent for children to play in?

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A tent can be pitched using merely a blanket and a few long sticks. For a childs needs, a simple teepee or playhouse made of sheets and pillows would even suffice.

Where do you buy calcium for your pool?

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You can use mild muriatic acid to remove clacium build up on tiles.