This last week, I came across 2 items that are now on my wish list. First is the
Cabela's Chef's Choice Sportsmans Hunting Knife Sharpener:
When JT and I took off after the elk, we left everything behind, minus ourselves, the rifle and a license. Neither of us grabbed our day packs. ( which contained our hunting knives and such )
After the shot and now the work began of skinning and quartering. Between the two of us, we had JT's Jack Knife. A little 3 inch bladed folding knife that most ranchers would never be with out. He hands it to me and says start skinning I'll hike back and get day packs to pack out the elk and get our knives and such.
I flipped open the knife, looked at it and went Oh man this could be a long day, skinning out an elk with a jack knife. Then I made my first cut. I could have been using a razor knife or box cutter. I was amazed at a pocket knife being that sharp.
Later when we were processing the meat, JT pulled out the Cabelas knife sharpener and as we would dull a knife we would wash it and dry it and set it aside. Once we had 2 or 3 knives dull we would run them through the sharpener. The trick, don't roll them. Place in and pull straight through. 3 maybe 4 passes on stage one, then 2 passes on stage 3 and you had a razor sharp knife again.
There is a honing center section which puts a micro serration on the knife if you want that. For heavy bladed hunting knifes and being out in the field this can be a benefit. Not something I would use much, but a nice option.
Yes I have my hand diamond stone sharpeners. and yes there are certain knives I own that will ONLY be sharpened that way. But the Cabela's Sportsman's Sharpener sure has a place for putting a fast razor sharp edge on knives when you are processing your game.
2nd item I came across, Badlands 2200 day pack
JT came back with two external frame packs and then a Badlands 2200 day pack. I gotta tell ya. This is my next hunting pack. Life time warranty on all the seams. bladder hydro system, Padded back section so it rides easier. It has a zip open pouch from the back, so if you take you pack off and something i buried deep in the pack you don't have to dig through everything , you can open it from other side of the pack. It has exterior flaps that allow strapping on a rifle or a bow. The part that really impressed me. The blaze orange retractable flap for hauling your trophy out. On the bottom of the pack JT unzipped a bottom zipper and out pulled a blaze orange rectangle nylon type fabric with with 2 adjustable long straps. Setting the pack upright with the fabric laid out on the ground, we set the hind quarter and the cape on the fabric and then lifted and connected the adjustable straps to the top shoulder harness. A couple of quick tugs to tighten and the 1/4 and the cape was ready to pack out, solidly secured and with the blaze orange no doubt of some other hunter questioning he was seeing fur walking through the tree's and taking a shot.
For a simple day pack the 2200 maybe a little big, but not really. It will work for a week long trek into the back country or an afternoon of trailing a hit animal.
Now both of these items I found via Cabela's. The sharpener is a Cabela's private label. The Badland 2200 can be purchased from a number of different places. Both are under 200 dollars and both are well worth every dime in my humble opinion. These are two of the items I simply came across while hunting with a buddy and as I said before, both are going on my holiday wish list.
Now...share with us, the new gear you have come across
Edited by McBruce, 09 November 2009 - 11:00 AM.