This is a gun blog. I have training with firearms. I have none with edged weapons. But, sometimes, I fall in love.
Before I started shooting or training or any shit like that, a friend of mine in high school had his older brother buy me a Mark II. I carried it to school and everywhere else for a little while. Needless to say, I was a problematic teenager and I became sure that my mother would find the knife. As such, I wrapped in plastic and buried on the side of the house, about 3 feet from where I'd buried my pot pipe several months before.
They built a shed over it. It's gone.
As far as I can tell, Gerber stopped making their most popular product somewhere in the early 90's. I managed to score one in 2000 for about a hundred and 20 bucks. I love this knife but not as much as the one I buried.
It's simply beautiful.
Today, an A.G. Russells catalogue came in and I was about to throw it away. Unfortunately, as I was about to toss it, I noticed that they were advertising the Mark II on the back page.
Now, I've spent about $4,000 this summer, just trying to get some dead fucker in the ground. I haven't bought any guns and I damn straight haven't bought any knives. But take a look at it.
It surely is beauty to behold. And it has a blackened blade (or whatever technical shit it is.)
It's a lot of money to me, right now, and Russell is listing it as temporarily unavailable; nonetheless, I don't think I can resist this temptation.
As my shooting has been intermittent, at best, the last six months, once I began to shoot again I remembered that you have to clean the fuckers, as well.
Firstly, I've basically only shot pistol for the last 9 months. That being said, I do own AR's that I keep close in the event of reset-button, zombies, home invasion, Red Dawn, etc. Well, I haven't actually broken those down in awhile to see what kind of shape they are in. I did last weekend.
I have no photos of that to post, because it is embarassing to let a firearm deteriorate to that state. Needless to say, my dining room table was covered with patches, solvent, brushes, rods, oil, etc. I still have black shit under my fingernails that I can't get out.
The item I'm pointing out is toothbrushes. If you clean ARs you need them. I realized, though, that the average nylon toothbrush only lasts as long as it takes to clean a really fucked up, abused, and ignored AR.
The Old Man found a solution and actually gave me one.
Hoppe's makes a bronze toothbrush. I figure that should make it through a few ARs before crapping out.
There's a link at the top, but it's backordered at Midway. Maybe try Brownell's.