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TRACKER ACTION PICS THREAD

Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by Grizzly Adams, May 31, 2012.

  1. ArmyMacE

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    Hello all!

    Apologies for taking a bit on the tracker challenge event idea I was working out. It was more of a get out for an evening or weekend idea.

    I was trying to locate some of the older ones in the thread, I wasn't wanting to many overlaps, and to utilize a couple of the tools of the older challenges.

    My rough idea was an overnighter, make a shelter, utilizing what you carry on person, a bed roll, a pot. Fill the pot with some items.

    Whatever you bring you use...


    Every item minus the knife and water source. If it fits in pot, or bedroll.. good to go, no crazy unrealistic bugout rucksack or such nonsense.

    A rough idea of what I am bringing, I will be adding my survival saw, or folding saw. As well as a few other things. MRE's and water tabs ( WA hadburn ban so no fire for me (sad face).

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    Basic Challenge outlines:

    Make a bed, my favorite is the cord and two poles. Or in place of cord a poncho or blanket.

    Make shelter, basic lean to or something along those lines.

    Make an improvised hunting tool. Atlatal, bow, or fishing spear.

    Be safe, be smarter, have fun.

    Had a few other ideas, but it's hard to cram all that in sometimes.

    I know for myself, I am one of the assistant coaches for kids football. So our Saturday mornings get filled up until noon is sometimes eaten up being a family man. Sometimes it's nice to get outside alone though.

    Let me know what you think!

    I know I was going to attempt the stick vise for tying a fly for myself.
     
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  2. Howie

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    I'm in. Time extension for statewide fire bans to get lifted? And some national forest that are currently closed to open. Supposed to snow this weekend.....
     
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    Net requires repairs.
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    will repair and re purpose into something else. Maybe find a use during army mace challenge
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    lame poser shot that serves no purpose
     
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    Does anyone here have experience with both the Bark River Trakker and the Tops SXB?

    I'm curious how the two compare to each other. Also curious how these knives compare to a Junglas both in chopping capabilities as well as general handling as that's one I do have experience with personally.
     
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    I'm down !!
     
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    whittling a file handle
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    if you sharpen the tang it can drill its own hole
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    Welp. Decided to first try a two shoot 'boo bow. Was doing some wrapping today, and wanted to do some test bends with a single strand before going for the two strand twist bow string.

    It failed, and right where it should have. This would be the reason for stick BUNDLES in types likes this.

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    Back to the drawing board !!

    I did have some fun the other night doing some of the preliminary wrapping by firelight.
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    TBC
     
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    I have a bark river, and I have to say out of the box it sucks. The 1/4 round was crap and way off center, handle was extremely uncomfortable for me personally, and the dang thing weights a ton. I have remedy most of those issues but the biggest for me is the blade in relation to the handle, it feels to far "back" for lack of a better word. Needs more drop for me. In sumation, I still hate it, but it works like a beast, but I still hate it.
     
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    Thanks for the reply [​IMG]

    Ya know, it sounds like you need to sell me that knife and be done with the darned thing, haha.

    I've been reading about a lot of variation in the grinds, but are you saying you don't like the distance from the handle to the cutting edge, or rather that you don't like the balance of the knife?
     
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    Not action. Just hooked up a pair of pants that was gifted to me on the molle of my go bag. And the factory is hooked to my ruck 1505757546623648807298.jpg 1505757748743-1160604108.jpg
     
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    My experience with the Bark River Echoes this exactly. The tops sxb on the other hand had the best quarter round of any knife I've used including three Becks(sacrilege, I know!) But the handle was horrible. I had to make a completely new stick Tang handle to make it usable for me.
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    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/big-ol-tracker-rehandle.183635/
    Both of them were incredible Choppers though.
     
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    Not the balance, but the blade drop from grip to tip. When I get a chance later this week I will post a photo of what mean.
     
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    Oh wow, that looks awesome!

    I think I'd prefer the SXB for it's extra length and the clean spine at the front of the blade, but I never really liked the look of the handle and that weird guard. Yours looks perfect!

    I think that might be the one for me as soon as I'm up for a new project.

    How does it chop compared to a Junglas and would you happen to have any pics or perhaps a progress thread off the work you did on it?

    Never mind, just noticed the link, lol. Checking it out now :)



    Ah, I think I get it now, but pics are always nice!
     
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    It chopped pretty well but I don't think it would outdo a junglas. The link to the build thread is in my last post beneath the picture. If you try to modify one into a stick Tang you would need one of the earlier models that has the solid handle
     
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    Feeling unwell, made myself get up and do something.


    Tracker worked side.
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    Humble file, with a messed up, but insanely sharp chisel edge.
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    Some supplies.
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    Pain in the butt...
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    Not a lot of material lost.
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    Happy ending.
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    Does anyone know if r holloman still makes the magnetic scout sheaths?
     
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    Interesting.

    Yeah, I found your link after I posted but you probably just missed my edit. I may be able to work with the newer handle but I'll do some more brainstorming first.

    Thanks again!
     
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    I like everything you've got going on here! Especially the file reworked into a chisel that is brilliant! Couple that with field expedients file / awl and I am stoked. I must put something together along these lines
     
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    Here is some video.

    Oh and I messed up the awl end a bit, tip bent a few times when I tried it out.
     
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    Nice work @ArmyMacE ! I've had a lot of trouble with the y-stick hearth method in the past. What materials did you use for your set?
     
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    Found another picture of my tracker back when it was new.

    This layout was a class / discussion of different tools to help effect survival, during fall and the cold transition into winter. A few shelter and fire class techniques.

    This was up in FT Drum NY. It gets pretty cold there.


    Some stuff.
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    One of the areas we were playing, I mean "training ".
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    Forecast... from one of the weeks out there.
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    What to feed your Tracker knife.
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    Ah, wonderful Fort Drum NY! I remember it well! We used to call Antwerp Road - "Ball Buster Road".
     
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    Who has a rpk wsrk(beck clone) and what do you think about it? I took the pic off the makers website. 3329990.jpg
     
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    Got rid of the shiny. My gun blue skills need work... it's a start.


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    @NWPrimate I have no clue what the wood was. Need to id it still. The y section was definitely a pain.
     
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    What the what!?!! Pitchfork sharpened, torches lit, heading to Chandler :16:

    You know the saying around these parts, brother, whatever works for YOU, use it. :dblthumb:
    We should try to link up sometime, I know you've tried a few Beck Trackers hoping to find that "one" but none have quite sync'd with you. I have a Gen1 Beck that you need to handle, it may change your mind. I've not handled a Gen2, but I really like the balance and feel of the non-tapered tang.
    Shoot a PM if you ever want to link up and check it out, my schedule is flexible.

    Unfortunately, I don't believe Mr. Holloman is making sheaths these days. My wife got one for me as a Christmas gift in 2015, and when I tried to get another one, I found his site was no longer operating. It is a great sheath if you can find one on the secondary market; I highly recommend it.
     
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    I wrote mr beck a email :)
     
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    @ArmyMacE im gonna go get some cold blue and cold corona. And blue my warn down finish. Any advice?
     
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