Swiss XL Ruck project

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  1. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor Supporter

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    Awesome and pretty rare Swiss XL rucksack.
    The guy I deal with in Switzerland says it was for transporting bulky comm's gear.

    Just for the record, I wanted to break down the project into the many steps and stages
    that made this great piece of history a little more modern,
    it's 44 years old this year, 1973-2017.
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    This is a large Rucksack, twice the size of the popular Salt & Pepper Swiss rucks.
    OD green canvas, very thick, the suede bottom is heavy gauge as well.
    Weighs in at about 6lbs. very heavy duty rig.
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    Same internal frame design as the other Swiss rucks, steel stays are spring steel,
    super tough to drill for my hip belt upgrade.
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    You can see the stitching for the stays above.
    Inside, below, they are inside canvas webbing slots.
    They are bendable for contouring to your back profile.
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    I added the D rings to mount the Bread Bag lid, they will swivel enough for adjustment.
    Two on each side allow for other accessory attachments.
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    I added a buckle attachment to hold the Bread Bag lid down, based on other Swiss rucks I've worked on.
    Matching leather side attachments were added by me.
    Hand-stitching pattern matches other Swiss rucks.
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    Nice stamps from the saddle maker.
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    Leather straps were a little dried out but very vintage, so I didn't replace them.
    A little Obenauf's made them soft again.
    With each Swiss ruck I re-do, I send a small block of Swiss wax for "buffleterie" an old French word for leather armor.
     
  2. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor Supporter

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    The hard part is next :
    Shoulder strap upgrade and new hip belt system.

    I follow the Swiss hand-stitching patterns.
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    My shoulder straps are a little longer and wider than the originals.
    This allows enough room for sewing down the wool felt padding.
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    Wool padding is 1/2" thick.
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    Sternum strap and removable waist belt both use vintage Swiss hardware.
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    Canvas hip belt is padded with wool felt.
    Center sleeve keeps tension on the system, leaving an air space behind the back.
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    Ends of the waist belt are tapered with riveted keepers so the leather belt stays centered.
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    Aluminum and steel fittings are machined by me, matching other Swiss rucks I've worked on.
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    Black slider buckle in the center adjusts tension on the whole system,
    making more or less space behind your back.
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    Fully assembled hip belt system.
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    Thanks for looking.
    More to come !
     
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  3. Duncsquatch

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    Wow, really clean work.
     
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    Very awesome pack! This is something I will be proud to pass down.

    Thank you very much Robert!
     
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  5. MichaelBear

    MichaelBear Bushmaster Hobbyist

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    Gorgeous work!
     
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    My good lord, she is gorgeous. I have been ogling the swiss salt and pepper packs since I found this site, but this just takes the cake, and eats it too. Great work my friend!
     
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