Swiss Pack total remake

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  1. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor Supporter

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    DID_5458.jpg DID_5459.jpg DID_5463.jpg I've finished my first total leather remake.
    Already sold to a forum member.
    Shoulder straps are wider, 2" and longer.
    This leather is expensive, I don't buy strapping, I cut all parts out of full hides, cutting around and avoiding the weaker areas of the hide.
    New price will be $130 with a bread bag.

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    After Fiebings oil dye and Obenauf's LP a rich mahogany color is the result.
    This is an oil finish, it will not be shiny. Upkeep is with Obenauf's wax-grease which I send with each pack.

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    I re-used all the original hardware but I could not duplicate the stud attachments for the shoulder straps, these are new ones.

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    The wax thread hand-stitching keeps to the original Swiss work, I made the sternum strap to match.

    Notes:
    I'm still doing the refurbs which keep the original shoulder straps.
    Those are still $100 shipped.
    In general the Swiss rucksacks are in decent shape. Not mint. Good enough to justify refurbs.
    I don't repair small holes in the canvas, I think patches or zig-zag mending looks bad.
    I will tell you if there are any cosmetic issues.
    Sincere thanks to my great customers, hope they will enjoy these old rucks that have a lot of class.
     
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    If somebody doesn't buy this quick I might be your first customer under the new banner. Guys, the quality of these old packs is beyond belief. At that price his time and labor on the restore are basically free, and he made an already great pack even better.
     
  3. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor Supporter

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    Hi Mab,
    The one featured in the photo is already gone, more on the workbench, though.
    I've found some more original swiss hardware and I'm going to make a few little changes in the total remake.
    PM me if you're wanting one, I've got a very limited supply of these old boys.
    When I run out of packs, I might just sell the leather upgrade for people who already own one of these swiss rucks.
     
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    Strap remake

    Hello,
    Would definitely be good for a set of those new straps.
    Have a smaller pack that is currently strapless! Gigger
     
  5. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor Supporter

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    Hi Gigger,
    Send me a PM and we'll see how we can help you.
    hicountry
     
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    waist strap

    I have literally just got hold of one of these packs after searching for ages-they're VERY hard to come by in the UK and i ended up getting one from Sweden!

    Do you have any plans on doing some king of hip belt/waist belt mod on these as from what i can see that is the one weakness with the pack-all the load bearing on the shoulders??

    I was thinking of removing the back canvas brace but hate damaging such a classic pack...would love to hear your thoughts!

    Atb for your venture

    Andy
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor Supporter

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    Hi Andy,

    If you want to mount a hip belt to these rucks you will need to remove the canvas back strap so as to allow access to the two aluminum brackets.
    However, even with the canvas strap left on, the medium USGI rucksack belt will go on without issues, if you can get one.
    This is the current issue ruck with u-shaped polymer frame.
    DEI also sells belts for that frame, they should go on the Swiss ruck the same way.
    I'm working on a hip belt design right now and it should be ready in a few weeks, if you wouldn't mind the wait.
    It will match the original Swiss materials in all respects.
     
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    Thanks for the advice!
    Ive been playing today at mixing a swiss webbing yoke and the rucksack by connecting the hip belt of the yoke to the canvas back strap using some alice? Clips... tried in the house and it seems to work really well transfering the load from the shoulders to the hip belt! How it will hold up under use though is another matter lol
    Id love a "proper" padded and leather hip belt system though (nice brass buckle would look good!) so if you put something together I'll be really interested :)
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor Supporter

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    I'm shipping some more orders on Monday Jan. 19th
    Thank you for your patience !
    Leather hides just made a huge jump in pricing, an increase of over 30%, ouch.
    You're obviously not buying a hide, but I'll be in touch with everyone who ordered to make sure they are OK with everything.
    There will by some increase in price, I'll try and keep the prices down.
     
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  10. hicountry

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    Another Swiss pack went out today with new larger size straps.
    I only have 4 of these left.

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    Thanks for your support !
     
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    Just amazing quality and killer deals people..

    Don't ponder, just buy.
     
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    Those are about as best as they come. I don't know how you do it, but keep on doing it :D
     
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    Boy! Somebody's gonna be happy with that!! looks good

    BF
     
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    As a matter of fact, they are! Awesome job! It's like a brand new pack...with character.

    BF
     
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    Do I supply pack or do you provide one that is refurbished? I have a pack that needs work. Nice work by the way.
     
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    I highly recommend his work. He just made a new set of oversized straps for my rifle pack and they are excellent. I liked the pack before. Now that it actually fits, I love it! I bet he can do it either way if he has a pack on hand.
     
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    PM sent -- yes, either way will work, your call.
     
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    Amazing work. I just came across a beauty 1957 model that does not have any of the carry rig. I would really prefer to do it the work myself for sentimental reasons but if I don't do it justice do you still work on these? Also and actually more to the point; Is there any possible way I could get some information about the measurements or schematics for how you did these (I am a bigger guy 6'2" 240lbs).
     
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    You can also sell the same style shoulder straps to fit other packs and systems.
     
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    Received my shoulder straps a couple days ago and they are fantastic. Superb craftsmanship and top notch materials. Soon as I get a chance to out it to use I will get some pics. What is a good way to weather treat the salt-n-pepper material? I think its like a cotton/canvas mix so could they be waxed or would that be silly?
     
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    I've wanted to post some pics of the Swiss pack(s) I got from @hicountry before the holidays. I was hoping to get some pics in the field, but weather and life haven't cooperated enough for me to get dirt on it. So indoor pics it will have to be. Lest I put off posting forever.

    I'm assuming that if you're reading this, you're already a fan of Swiss packs. And who wouldn't be? Right? These are some of the best packs I've ever carried. And certainly the most dapper! Those Swiss must have won every fashion contest ever entered by soldiers.

    But @hicountry brings a couple of twists to this otherwise classic pack. It's been mentioned in this thread about adding a hip belt. I was following along, but wasn't sure what to expect. Well... all I can say is that my jaw dropped when I saw the pack. If you were not familiar with Swiss rucks, you'd absolutely believe that the packs were issued with this belt. And you'd berate anyone in the world who insisted otherwise. The craftsmanship is off the charts. I seriously sat speechless for a few minutes and just stared at it. It's simply amazing. I'm not sure how many other packs had to give their lives to create the hip belt, but the sacrifice is not lost on me. Enough words... pics...

    Removable hip belt (ingenious):

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    New shoulder shoulder straps (w/ sternum):

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    Overall beauty (bread bag riding on top, gotta have lunch!):

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  22. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor Supporter

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    Awesome shots of a great Swiss classic.
    Wish my pics were as nice as yours !
    Glad this worked out for a great forum guy.
    Two more in the works right now.
     
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    Oh man, I need get some updates in here. I have the prototype and it is fantastic. I'll get some pics up soon.
     

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