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  1. I saw an earlier thread that asked which TGO member you would like to meet.  Well...along those same lines, why not just post a pic of yourself to show who we are talking to?  We have done these a few times, and the last one I remember was created by Joe several years back.  I don't post as much as I used to, so please forgive me if one has been created since then.


    Anyway, this is a recent pic of me (a few hours ago).  I look nothing like my earlier TGO pic nor avatar.



  2. Just to make sure there is no misunderstanding on my position, I would like to reiterate my point of contention with this incident.  As stated earlier, the fake Ranger is pathetic, and if it can be proven that he is gaining financially through his deception, he should be prosecuted and fined to the full extent of law.  My disagreement is in the way that the veteran chose to call out this guy.  I have never been in the military, but I fully understand and respect the veteran's argument, and I understand his emotional state of being.  However, that is where the problem lies.  Since confrontations such as these are so emotionally charged, I could easily see how they could sour very fast.  If such were to occur and a gun was pulled, what then?  Is either life worth losing over a scumbag pretending to be something he is not?  I do not think so.  What about the life of an innocent bystander who had absolutely nothing to do with this situation?  That is something that we should all think about.


    Ever since I started carrying a gun several years back, trained in its proficiency, and taken some form of martial arts, I am loathe to get involved into any kind of confrontation.  I can be hot-headed at times, and because I am that way I fear the possibility of the worst case scenario happening during a confrontation, the loss of someone's life.  Losing my own life would be pretty crappy, but taking another's life when there was an opportunity to diffuse or completely bypass the confrontation altogether is not something I would want to live with.  So if it is possible, I try to avoid confrontations to the best of my ability.  I know everyone is different, but that is just the way I view things.


    Like I said earlier, I am all for exposing these people for the frauds they are, but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.  This guy's approach was just too risky for my taste.

  3. Isn’t what he’s doing a crime?


    Yes, both are.  The poseur was claiming to have been awarded three CIBs, which is listed as one of the medals (https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/258) under the 2013 Stolen Valor law.  You will have to prove that his intent was to obtain money, property, or some other tangible benefit.  The veteran was disturbing the peace/disorderly conduct for his profanity.

  4. He's currently in surgery. I wasn't really expecting anyone to give a diagnosis. I was mainly sharing due to the craziness of the situation.


    I hope everything goes well.  I would be interested to know what is the final diagnosis.

  5. When I saw this video yesterday I got really ticked off.  The man impersonating a Ranger is quite pathetic (he has a long and chronicled history of engaging in such behavior), but that isn't what got me upset.  I got upset with how the veteran filming this video was behaving in public and even more so considering it was in front of his son.  Served or not, his behavior and language in public speaks volumes to me about his character or at least his judgement.


    I am all for shaming those who seek accolades for something they have not done or earned.  If poseurs gain some financial benefit from their deception, especially from public funds,  then they should be arrested, fined, and made to pay reparations.  That said, there is a right way and a wrong way to shame someone.  Don't be a total horse's ass when calling someone out.  By doing so, you sink to the poseur's level, and you are also creating a situation that has the possibility of becoming violent even deadly.  One might not be concerned for their own safety, but this is a public place, so they should be considerate of those around them.  From the training I have taken/taking, I was taught it was best to remove myself from confrontational situations, not create them.

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  6. I went this morning to Jon Graham's first ROG & Roll Bash at his shop.  It turned out to be pretty successful as there were quite a few people that showed up today.  Unfortunately, I already had other plans so I was only able to stay around an hour.  It would have been nice to hang around and meet some new people, but I digress.


    While I was there I was able to pick up one of Jon's new Stubby GMT Razelcliffes.  I am normally not a fan of little knives, but I think these are great.  Anyway, enough of my rambling, here is the knife.  This is how it looks prepimped. Some serious pimpage will come later.  Enjoy.




    Next are some size comparison pictures between the GMT Razelcliffe and my pimped out GMT Razel.











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  7. Awesome knife and it looks a hell of a lot better with the carbon fiber, 


    I agree 100%.  I did not like the sheep horn at all.  The only reason I bought it with the original scales is because it was available, I could get it at a good price, and I wanted one of his knives badly.  He has a 3-4 year backlog, and a XL version, especially double bolstered, rarely comes up for sale.  One with a S90V blade?  Hmmm.., never.  Ever now and then he will auction one off on Instagram, and they will get even more expensive.  The last one he did was a double bolstered 4" model with a damascus blade.  It went for $3300.


    I think he is gonna do another one this month with a san mai blade and moku-ti bolsters.  I can't even possibly imagine what that one is gonna bring.

  8. A while back I acquired my grail knife, a double-Ti bolstered Todd Fischer Archangel XL in S90V with a skull crusher backspacer.  I loved the knife, but I was never all that wild about the sheep horn scales that were on it.  It just so happened that one of the scales started to bow a little and I could see a small amount of separation between the scale and liner, which was killing me.




    Sheep horn is a natural material, so it can shrink, expand, etc... with a change in weather and humidity.  It is an easy repair with a little heat and soak in oil, but since I didn't care for the scales anyway I opted for a replacement material.


    I had originally spoke to Todd about some moku-ti scales, which would have been badass, but he talked me out of it.  While they would have looked great, the moku-ti scales would have just added too much weight and would have been way too expensive. I guess the moku-ti would have also pushed the knife more towards a legacy/presentation knife than a user, which is not what I want (no safe queens),


    We finally settled on silver lightning strike carbon fiber, and that turned out to be an excellent choice.  I received my knife back today, and it is just down right mean with the new scales.  Here are some pics.









    How about this for some absolute rock solid early lockup?







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  9. I was spraying around the perimeter of the house and around windows for creepy crawlies this evening.  As I started to spray around the garage doors, I noticed something move around my feet.  When I looked down, I saw this guy staring at me.




    I think it was a wolf spider.  I see them from time to time around the house, but I have never seen one that big (the picture isn't really to scale).  I hated to kill it, but I would have absolutely freaked if it ever got in the house and got on me.

  10. I find it amusing how some who often complain about the size and overreach of government want to use that behemoth to intervene on their behalf and put a stop to speech they find offensive. 


    I know I certainly feel better that my tax dollars are being used to employee bureaucrats who will police such functions to make sure nobody is offended by any religious speech.  ;)

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  11.  I am sure of how many of the parts are made by someone else. Nor do I know who made them.


    That was my question.  I was just wondering who he was outsourcing the work to.  For example, me and Capbryd have Graham mid-techs, which are Graham knives, but they are made by Chad Nichols.


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