Episode-1847- Listener Calls for 8-11-16 — 13 Comments

  1. I use the Work Sharp too. I really like it. It only puts a convex grind on the edge, which may not be to some’s liking. I can’t get a good edge manually honing my knives, this is a good solution for me.

  2. Jack,

    My two cents about the work sharp, it is a good unit. However it does require some practice to use it properly. Like I always say it is best to learn how to sharpen by hand first before using a machine, a machine helps you screw up knives faster 😀

    – very affordable
    -wide variety of grits available
    – easily portable
    -american company who also makes the Drill Doctor (great for sharpening drill bits)

    -nonstandard belts, you have to by their expensive belts
    -small belts wear out quick and also will build up heat faster
    -has limitations like any unit, not to best for larger projects

    If I didn’t have the equipment I have I would probably consider purchasing one myself. I have repaired knives that people have messed up using a work sharp. When I am at your workshop we can cover some common mistakes people make using sharpeners such as the work sharp.


    PS editing a video on one handed draw of neck knife, posting soon 😉

  3. I have a comment on the hunting deer with a shotgun question.

    Here in Iowa, rifles are not allowed for deer firearm season (because it’s so flat and densely populated enough). So the gun of choice here is the shotgun. My first deer was taken with a my dad’s fixed full choke, smooth bore shotgun.

    I agree with Jack on a foster style slug, or a modern rifled slug (make sure it says “rifled slug”, not “for rifled barrel”). But, i wanted to add in that if you can find the right modern rifled slug for your gun, you can get your gun sighted in for up to 100 yards, so 25 to 50 should be easy. The trick is to experiment with different manufacturers and styles. The same applies to rifles, but it seems to be a lot more true for slugs with shotguns. I’ve seen one person get 2″ groups at 100 with a slug, and the next person has them going all over.

    Just keep in mind the you might have to do a little Kentucky windage. With my first deer, I had to hold up about a foot, and right about 6″ at 50 yards, but did it hit her hard…

    So I’m guess I’m trying to say, if the first slugs you buy are all over, try a different brand and/or style. It can get expensive, but you’ll find one that works great for you.

  4. On hunting without a dog. I’ve done plenty of that. Everything Jack said is spot on. One tip I would give is to hunt gravel road ditches in farm country. You’ll have a road on one side that the bird won’t want to run across, and if you do a ditch next to an open field, that’ll keep them from wanting to run out the other side. Push them towards a driveway, preferably one without a tube for water to flow through, cause they will run through them. And take your time. Doing this by myself, I took a step, looked down, and saw a pheasant right next to my foot looking back at me. He flew up and I did get him. So a ditch is a good place to hunt without a dog. Make sure you check your local laws to make sure it’s legal though.

  5. Hey Jack, I don’t know how common tomahawks were during WWI, but your comments mage me think of a video that Ian and Karl (for newer listeners, Ian has been on the podcast twice) over at Inrange TV did a little while back. They bring up the brutality of hand to hand combat with edged or melee weapons.

    • And my two cents on that call:
      One shouldn’t confuse what the military does with what Jack is teaching here. I deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, first I’m not sure what was meant by blade culture in those areas. Some of the Bedouin tribes have traditions about ceremonial daggers, but it’s not that widespread. The only “honor to carry/die by a blade culture I can think of is the samurai (which are highly idolized by troops). Second, we (well, the joes anyway) were into intimidation factor (ok, maybe just living out ninja fantasies). I had a kukri on the back of my armor at one point (how I’d have drawn it if I was stuck ON my back I still don’t know) and another guy I knew had one of the tomahawks discussed (for frontiersman nostalgia more than anything, although they do have practical uses).

      For anyone not in a platoon of heavily armed and armored men on a battlefield, jacks teaching on weapons should be felt and not seen is correct.

  6. Hey Jack, this comment is in reference to episode 1744, (I’m catching up on older podcasts). I just want to know what you use to shine your crystal ball? Ha!

    You couldn’t be more right on with your political predictions. In this instance I hate that you were right.

    I’ve finally gotten my fiance to listen to your podcasts, now we’re traveling the road to self-sufficiency together! Feels great to get him on board with paying off debts and investing in our homestead. Thanks for all you do!

  7. Jack, I have to correct you about my state bird:
    Ptarmigan are a similar yet distinct species from grouse. They tend to live even higher up from grouse and are specially adapted to live on snow. We also have spruce and ruffed grouse up here, they live down in the spruce forests (which at your latitude would be “higher up”, there’s a latitude/altitude correlation (higher elevation has similar conditions to northerly latitudes.)

  8. There are also Hungarian Partridge East of the divide in Montana that are a Ptarmigan. We hunt them often, and refer to them as “Huns”. They look just like the Ptarmigan in Alaska, however, they don’t turn white here.