Out Playing with the Newly Modified Forgecraft

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  1. IzaWildman

    IzaWildman Grey Owl Supporter

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    I recently completed modifying an old Forgecraft knife I’ve had for many years (Old Hickory (?) Knife Mod) It so happens that it fits nicely in a sheath I have for one of my other blades so I figured I’d take it out with the dogs to play.
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    I found a nice patch of broad leaf plantain so I thought I would harvest some to make a fresh batch of salve for my wife.

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    I took some of the seeds too, so I could plant some at the house. We have narrow leaf but not the broad leaf variety.

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    When I reshaped the blade, I squared up the spine, from about an inch in front of the handle to the tip. This was a good opportunity to test it for scraping cedar bark. It scrapes nicely.

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    Since I had the cedar bark, I thought I’d go ahead and spark it up with some flint and steel.

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    It didn’t take long to get an ember going in some charred punk wood. I dropped the cedar bark birds nest onto the embers and gently blew it into flame.

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    After the dogs and I ate a quick lunch, we headed on back to the vehicle, I had chores to do at home. It was nice to get out and play a little, even if only briefly.
     
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  2. NevadaBlue

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    What fun!

    Could we have your salve recipe? I know where a lot of plantain is growing.
     
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    @NevadaBlue , I’m happy to tell you what I do but add the disclaimer I have no idea of what I’m doing. My wife has had skin problems for many years and was seeing a specialist at one point in time but it was way too expensive and all he did was put her on some real scary drugs. She says my concoction helps her heal and uses it religiously.

    After washing the leaves thoroughly and trimming the stems, I roll them tightly and mince them very finely. Then I put them in a glass bowl with some coconut oil and cook them in the microwave for 90 seconds. The oil gets pretty hot and I stir in some beeswax to the heated oil and minced leaves to thicken it into a salve-like consistency, while mashing the minced leaves with the back if a spoon to extract the juices and mush them up as much as I can. I also add some tea tree oil to the mixture.

    If anyone who reads this knows a better way, I’d love to hear it.

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    Nice trip. That's about all the knife a fellow needs.
     
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    Have you tried eating it? I did a chevanaud (loose slivering into strips or "ribbons) (sp?) and stirfried as spinach in bacon grease/olive oil, slivered onions and bell peppers. Served with ramen noodles. Not bad.
     
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    Thanks for the recipe! It is similar to how I do the cottonwood bud salve (Balm of Gilead).

    Do you strain out the leaves before you let it harden up?
     
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    I don’t strain it, I figure there may be some good in the leaves still. The way my wife uses it is to apply it and cover with a bandaid. Our thinking is that it acts like a poultice.
     
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    I’ve never eaten it. It sounds interesting, are there any benefits?
     
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    Love the knife mod. Good work.
     
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    The next mortise and pestal set I come across I will send you....its the best method I have found to reduce seeds and leaves into a mix.....great post.
     
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    Nice outing. You got a lot in for a short time!
     
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    Nice outing and I love the simplicity of your modded knife
     
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    Very well done, all the way around. :) Thanks for bringing us along. I have a feeling I'm not the only one who will be gathering up some plantain tomorrow. :)
     
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    Nice outing! I really like how the knife and sheath turned out. They both look great.
     
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    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Ah, ya done good on that knife young fellar. joe
     
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    Love that old structure.
    And that knife handle :)
     
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    I wonder if it can be chopped into a finer pulp by running the leaves through a small food processor? My dad used to run elderberries, blackberries, etc. through a blender to make a pulp when making wild berry wine. He'd mix it into the water, sugar, and yeast, then strain out the solids after it had been fermenting a while.
     
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    I’ve thought about this. My blender is too big and I don’t want to trash my coffee grinder. A food processor is still a little large for the quantity that I need to process. A hand cranked baby food grinder would probably work great. They are simple and inexpensive. I am able to mince it pretty finely but mashing it up, like a baby food grinder would do would be beneficial. Next time my wife goes to Walmart, I’ll ask her to pick one up.
     
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