2 Marbles Stag Bone “Safety Folders”

I couldn’t decide between the two – so I took my own advice and got both of them – the black stag came in a bag and a box and the brown stag came in it’s own little carry case – which is cool . . .

After that post on Marble’s Madness the other day I hope all y’all are ready to O.D. on some way cool stuff . . .

I know YOUR ready – and for the rest of you folks – Here We Go . . .

A pair of Marbles Safety Folders – original patent issued 1902 . . .

Now you see why I couldn’t decide – both are good lookers!

Good positive half stops – love the swing guards . . .

Bruce – what’s with the weird silver things – they just stick out the back end of the knife? – Yes – they do stick out the back end of the knife and cover the end of the blade so you can “pocket” the knife safely – and . . .

They pivot around and lock the blade open – so now you have a good sized ( 5 1/2 inch ) clip point fixed blade – a decent skinning / camping / hunting knife that folds up and slips in your pocket – I told y’all this was cool stuff . . .

A look “inside” on these – brass liners / excellent fit and finish on the stag scales . . .

And the next pic shows you a close up of the “lock” and a look at the only “spot” I could find on either knife . . .

The next two give you a decent look at the stag bone scales from both sides now . . . and don’t tell me YOU weren’t expecting that . . .

Really a neat pair of knives – good balance – good lookers – of course I make them look better – if you do any knife “pattern” collecting at all – you should pick one ( or both! ) up – as they are a neat piece of knife history . . .

From Smoky Mountain Knife Works :

“All of the knives in the Marbles Brown Stag Bone Series feature 440A stainless steel blades with a polished finish, half stop, and match strike pulls. The handles are brown stag bone with brass pins and liners, and nickel silver bolsters, as well as a nickel silver shield. This Marbles Brown Stag Bone Safety Folder features a clip point blade with a nickel silver swing guard. It’s 6.375″ closed and weighs 7.84oz.”

Go here for the “Black Stag” – or here for the “Brown Stag” – YOU have yet to order your Marbles Stag Bone Safety Folder because . . .?

Collecting different knife patterns does not have to be expensive – I’ve got like 46 bucks in both of these – there are so many really “neat” knives out there it’s hard to pick – so please remember my sincere advice – if you simply can’t decide which knife ( or pistol for that matter ) to buy – Buy Them Both! – See – that was easy, wasn’t it? And YOU can tell your chief financial officer that I said it was alright – Heh Heh . . .

I haven’t talked to my Blushing Bride for 3 days now – eventually she’s going to take a breath and I will get my opportunity to say something . . .

What’s in YOUR pocket??

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Ya Gotta Eat – Right? Well I Made This for Dinner . . .

I don’t know if you want to call it “Dirty Rice” / “Loaded Rice” – or rice with a bunch of “stuff” in it – I call it GOOD! – LOL . . .

This is gonna be fun – my recipes are sometimes hard to follow – here we go . . .

The Stuff – – –

1 1/2 to 2 lbs of ground beef – 73/27 is best for flavor – 80/20 will work ok

large yellow onion – chopped / or 2 -3 small ones chopped

3 or 4 jalapenos – scoop out seeds and membranes – chopped

at least a tablespoon of cajun seasoning

at least a teaspoon of black pepper

1 to 3 tablespoons of minced garlic

1 can rotel – drained

package of dirty rice mix – my favorite is Oak Grove Smokehouse – if your store doesn’t carry it you can get it through Amazon – or any brand will work as long as it is not one of the instant rice types – the cooking time will clue you in – if the package directions talk about cover and simmer for 20 plus minutes – then it’s real rice . . .

2 1/2 cups of water – or whatever amount your dirty rice mix calls for . . .

The dirty rice mix –

And the cajun seasoning –

Are YOU ready?? – Here We Go!!

Chunk the first five things in a fairly deep pan – need to use one that has a lid – that’s the hamburger / onion / jalapenos / cajun seasoning / black pepper – med heat – keep poking it around – get it all mixed good – you are cooking the hamburger – not frying it

Drain the grease when hamburger is cooked and return to pan

Add the rotel / garlic / and water and bring to boil – then . . .

add your dirty rice mix – stir it in – reduce to simmer – cover and cook per the dirty rice package directions . . .

And you can add to this to your hearts content – mushrooms /celery / throw chicken livers in with the ground beef / use ground pork instead of ground beef / use those twisted imaginations to the fullest!!

This is a fun one – similar to the one from yesterday because you can make it to YOUR tastes very easily – want HEAT? – don’t clean out the jalapenos – just chop them whole! / different or deeper flavor? use beef stock or chicken stock or bone stock instead of water – this simple recipe gives you a basic starting point that is good as is – or you can really run with it – whatever you feel like doing . . .

If you noticed there was no salt added – the cajun seasoning stuff usually has a fairly high salt content – it’s real easy to get this way too salty in a hurry – try it a couple of times before you add much additional salt . . .

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Rough Ryder Black & Blue Series Elephant Toe / Sunfish Pattern

From Smoky Mountain Knife Works – “All of the knives in the Rough Ryder Black & Blue Series feature mirror polished 440A stainless steel blades with half stops and match strike pulls. The handles are blue sawcut jigged bone with black under liners, brass liners, and nickel silver pins, shield and Slant R bolsters. This Rough Ryder Black & Blue Series Elephant Toe features a large cleaver and a small Wharncliffe blade. It’s 4.125″ closed and weighs 5.96oz. Rough Ryder is always built by hand and backed for life.”

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The Rough Ryder Black and Blue Series is really a nice group of knives – I grabbed two of them ( to start – LOL! ) just to get a look at them – everything I could find – pics and videos – they looked good to me, so I’m like sure – you bet -I couldn’t decide which one to start with – so I bought them both – this and a Hawkbill all y’all will get a look at in a later review . . .

They come in a really upscale box that is cool by itself – it has a magnetic closure so you’re not trying to open flaps or pry a lid off without damaging the box . . .

Rough Ryder’s marketing department should get a thumbs up for the packaging . . .

At just over 7 inches with the main blade opened – the knife looks good and balances good in the hand – not back or front heavy – Rough Ryder is calling this a cleaver style blade – I’m thinking more of a modified Wharncliffe – but hey – they made it – so they can call it anything they want!

Several reviews I watched / read out here on the web noted some fit / finish issues with this pattern – this one is impressive – especially when you think about the fact it’s a 22 dollar knife – a real good value for the money . . .

This next one I tried to get a tight focus on the fit and finish between the scale and the front bolster – it’s real tight and the fit is that good all over the knife . . .

A lot of people don’t like the large logo on the front bolster – you have to wonder if they buy stuff just so they have “something” to bitch about – it’s not like the logo is not visible in the pictures – just saying . . .

Below is a pic with both blades open – the smaller blade IS a Wharnclffe pattern blade and to me the main blade is more Wharncliffe ( modified ) than a cleaver . . .

The little bit of belly on the main blade makes for a lot easier cutting on a flat surface . . .

If you are thinking about a Sunfish / Elephant Toe pattern knife for something different the Rough Ryder Black and Blue pattern is something you should consider – and with the fast shipping and great service from Smoky Mountain you haven’t ordered one yet because . . .?

To see the entire line of Smoky Mountain Knife Works Rough Ryder Black and Blue series <<< CLICK HERE >>> and don’t forget the daily “Flash Sales” <<< CLICK HERE >>>

I wonder which one – alright – which two I should pick up next?

What’s in YOUR pocket?

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Got some New “Stuff” in – Reviews Coming!

Short weekend this week – and I’m behind to begin with – will try to get something put together for you folks on these . . .

Two really old ( 1902 patent date ) pattern knives from Marbles – and two from Rough Ryder’s “Black and Blue” series – any one of these four are neat – all 4 together? I don’t know if YOU are emotionally prepared for that – I’ll split them – the 2 Marbles and the 2 Rough Ryders – I will try to get one done this Friday . . .

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

What’s for Dinner?? – I Made This – Good Stuff Alert!

One of my daily haunts “Paw Paw’s House” – <<< Main Site >>> – is cool stuff – all y’all need to trot your collective happy ass’s over there and check it out when you got time – one of the things he does is post recipes on occasion – one of the things I do is make those recipes on occasion – this one is quick – easy – and GOOD! . . .

“Cajun” Stroganoff is what he calls it – for lack of a better name . . .

Here’s the ingredient list for you . . .

1.5 lbs 80/20 ground beef
Trinity (onion, bell pepper, celery, chopped fine)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 pint Half and Half
1 can RoTel, drained
1 pound Velveeta cheese
1 pound egg noodles
Salt, pepper, garlic powder

I made a couple of changes :

I used minced garlic ( about a Tablespoon and a half ) and I grabbed 2 cans of mushroom stems and pieces – drained them and threw them in – and added a scant 1/8 cup of Cholula Hot Sauce ( incredible flavor – very little heat ) and of course I didn’t buy any celery at the store because of course I had some – so I cooked it without celery – LMAO!

Cooking it is just about simple enough . . .

In a Dutch oven, sauté the trinity and brown the ground beef. Drain if necessary.  Add salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste.  Add the cream of mushroom soup, the half and half, and the RoTel tomatoes.  Cut the velveeta into cubes and stir it into the mix.

Boil the egg noodles in salted water.  When done, drain and add to the mix. Serve with garlic bread.  Enjoy.

And you can do just about anything to it you want – add cajun seasoning – add a can of drained peas – skip the noodles and serve over rice – and so on . . .

To see the original recipe on his site – <<< GO HERE >>> – Here is a link to all his cooking posts – <<< GO HERE >>> – don’t blame me if your pants start shrinking – blame the washing machine – LOL!

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Eisenhower’s Lockheed – Air Force One, Columbine

Something a bit different for you folks . . .

First flight in decades – headed from Marana Regional Airport in Southern Arizona to Bridgwater Virginia for a full restoration. The B25 was along as support crew transport and as a camera platform.

And here’s the behind the scenes to get it in the air and to Virginia. . .

And a look at it a restored Air Force One Connie ( there were several )- talk about an expensive hobby . . .

A good friend worked in the “Silk Purse” program – his “side” of the house provided secure radio and teletype links for high level muckity mucks ( CINCSAC – SECDEF etc.) as they traveled overseas – at the time they were flying EC – 121’s – modified EC-121 Warning Star aircraft – it took an unbelievable amount of “background / behind the scenes” work to stage the chain of aircraft across the Atlantic or Pacific ocean(s) so the multiple secure lines could be maintained – SAC was the Shits – Funding WAS NOT an issue – just saying . . .

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Guys Talk Knives: Marble’s Madness

I wonder if a Marble’s knife review might be coming up? . . . Enjoy the video . . .

Go check out SMKW / Marble’s – and if you can’t decide which one to buy? – Buy them both! – just tell your wife you have my permission – LMAO! – Good Luck With That by the way – I had a friend of mine who could not decide which pistol to buy so I told him “Buy Them Both” – and tell your wife I gave you permission to do so – it was a wee bit strange the next time I went over to his house – LOL . . .

What’s in YOUR pocket?

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

German Bull Dirt Buster – Oh So Sweet

Love them – or hate them – which I will address later – Frost Cutlery has kept many brands in the marketplace which otherwise would have gone away – German Bull Brand is amongst those brands . . .

What we have here is a German Bull Dirt Buster – the pic of the box shows the stock number FRGBxxxxxx – Which is Frost / German Bull / German made – Smoky Mountain had this on sale for Labor Day for $29.00 ( $10.00 off the list price ) – so I added it to the order – no disappointment here on arrival . . . ( the knife is still on sale as I am posting this )

At just under 7 inches it not the biggest knife on the block but it makes up for it with fit / finish / and good looks . . .

Sod Buster knives, or the smaller Dirt Buster knives are also called “Farmer’s knives” – the normal pattern is a single blade and no bolsters – Why no bolsters you ask? Metal bolsters add to the cost with more material and more production labor and these were marketed to the worker – a decent blade at a decent price point – horn or wood or bone handles – nothing fancy . . .

Brass liners – good blade centering – brass pins that look real good with the red jigged bone scales – a side note – one of the pins is not quite set “right” – same issue I noticed with the Rough Ryder “Sunfish” – I have had 5 or 6 people handle both the “Dirt Buster” and the “Sunfish” and not a single one picked up on the pins – maybe it is just me . . .

The high polish blade is just like a mirror and nice and sharp right out of the box – I need to pick up a Case knife in this pattern just to compare – as good an excuse to grab another knife as any other reason – Right?

Bottom line? You don’t have one in this pattern in your collection yet because . . . . . .

Let’s take a minute and talk about “Frost” – Frost has produced some very low quality stuff over the years – but – they also produce some very good quality stuff – overall I believe their quality has gotten quite a bit better over time – and they have managed to keep many brands and patterns alive – one of my favorites is Hen & Rooster – the quality and value of those knives are comparable to just about any other production knife out there – Frost is now marketing knives made in Pakistan – and before you start – they are 440 steel and the fit and finish are good – I buy them in bulk – 12 or 24 packs – and give them away for birthdays and Christmas gifts to coworkers – acquaintances – friends etc. As far as Frost’s “Cutlery Corner” thing on cable and internet live streaming – pay attention to what you’re buying is the best advice I can offer to you . . .

What’s in YOUR pocket?

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!