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Old 08-08-2016, 10:27 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by Protagonist View Post
Nice story, but I think the original use was sailmaking back when sails were made of canvas.
Certainly could be as no doubt it would be good for that - but if so, the paperwork that came with mine must be perpetuating falsehoods!

Over the years I have found them to be very handy things to have though - fixing sandals, leather goods, etc. I don't always do the neatest job with it, but the results have never let me down!

Actually made in the USA too! Although no doubt there are Chinese ones out there also!


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Old 08-08-2016, 11:25 AM   #30
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Pockets... Full of necessary 21st Century doo dads


Sailmaking was done with an assortment of big triangular cross-section needles, and a gadget called a 'sailmaker's palm' that was made of leather with a metal plug with depressions to hold and push the needle through the canvas. My dad and his father had and used these to make up items of canvas and finish the ends of rope. Very traditional tools.

The sewing awl (and I also have one of those) was a newer product of the American West and aside from being used to repair harness leather, was used to stitch up barbed wire cuts on cattle, according to the little brochure that came with mine. It's probably not sturdy enough to sew heavy canvas--the needle is too thin.

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Old 08-09-2016, 11:57 AM   #31
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Back when I had more contours in my body, I never had trouble keeping my pants up with a belt, even when things were loaded on the belt. Now that my body is shaped more like a Duracell battery (a D cell, not an AA) my pants tend to slide down under the inevitable force of gravity, and would end up around my ankles if I didn't pull them up every now and then, especially when I shoot archery, and add a quiver to one side and a bow holder to the other. Most of my friends who are around my age wear suspenders, and one gave me a pair last Christmas. I tried them for a while, but eventually decided I was never going to like them, and gave up on them. What does work for me is to wear two belts when I'm carrying a lot of stuff. Then, when I'm through carrying the extra stuff, I can take off the belt that has the stuff on it, and throw it on the floor of the back seat of my truck, stuff and all. I know this an odd solution to the problem, but then I wear socks with my Birkenstocks when it is cold outside, so there's probably no hope that I'll get any better.

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Old 08-09-2016, 12:22 PM   #32
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Duluth Trading Co.sells packets of brass buttons for suspenders, that you punch thru from the outside and then put a clip type thing on the inside to hold them in place.

These were the only kind of suspenders Doug wore, as the clip on type really tear up pants and jeans in short order.

He had braided leather suspends for his dress pants.

I think I still have some of Doug's buttons at home...we always kept a few extra.

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Old 08-09-2016, 02:19 PM   #33
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Doug always said that real men carry pocket knives. Period.

After reading your post I asked a few of my neighbors if they carried such items as pocket knifes and nail clippers. To my amazement they pulled out their knives and clippers. So now at 55 yrs, you can call me a man, I now carry a pocket knife. Move over Richard Simmons. But I have a long way to go to become the Marlboro man. Like you Ray, I had all the Airstream locks except water keyed to one key.
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Old 08-09-2016, 04:06 PM   #34
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Don't know why I woud carry a knife. I buy my meat at the butcher counter.

Don't need nail clippers, I just get a mani-pedi every 4 weeks.

I carry a credit card, insurance card, driver's license and money clip.

And one car key.

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