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by Kortoso
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ranger training in Thailand
Replies: 2
Views: 842

Ranger training in Thailand

While I've been living in Thailand, my Ranger brother Peter came and looked after my cat for about a month. We took the opportunity and practice some Ranger battlefield skills. Nothing too serious.

by Kortoso
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The little saplings
Replies: 4
Views: 1261

Re: The little saplings

What a joy to see a tree you planted growing healthy and strong many years later. :)
by Kortoso
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: The Prancing Pony
Topic: Happy Birthday Kortoso
Replies: 5
Views: 2063

Re: Happy Birthday Kortoso

Thank you very much, mellonin! I totally forgot. Actually, one of my "lancer" Rangers has come to visit, oversee my cat and learn Thai massage recently. We've explored some of the stranger oddities here in Chiang Mai. I've been living a very nice retirement life here in Thailand, you must ...
by Kortoso
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Tolkien Movie Talk
Topic: A young Viggo if not a young Aragorn
Replies: 1
Views: 2398

A young Viggo if not a young Aragorn

I ran across this recently. It's a collection of pictures of Viggo Mortensen while he was youngster. I'm sure the Amazon show runners, if they're smart, look to this as a template for casting young Aragorn. https://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/58048827.html https://imgprx.livejournal.net/48ef06d893...
by Kortoso
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Where to Trek
Replies: 2
Views: 1093

Re: Where to Trek

I had done some related research on this a while back. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the USA, often under the rubric of National Forests, allows knives and axes (apparently required for camping) but not swords. Obviously if you're carrying a bow, you may be suspected on hunting, so it may be sm...
by Kortoso
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: trousers history question...
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

Re: trousers history question...

It's a very good question, and as a former Viking-Age reenactor, I asked myself this question many times. The "reenactorism" assumes that the hose/braies combination was brought into Britain by the Normans, but that's conjecture. It's often assumed that since "braies" came from t...
by Kortoso
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Dynasty Forge Bastard!
Replies: 3
Views: 1552

Re: Dynasty Forge Bastard!

HuerTa wrote:Oooh, I do love me some Matt Easton! The XVIa is my favorite sword type, I'll definitely check this out.

Semi related note, i've been checking out your YouTube channel, really great stuff!

Gratitude, HuerTa. :P
by Kortoso
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Dynasty Forge Bastard!
Replies: 3
Views: 1552

Dynasty Forge Bastard!

Matt Easton reviews Dynasty Forge's Bastard Sword:

It's an Oakeshott type XVIa by the way, which AFAIK is the type for Strider's sword in Jackson's LOTR, or at least this is type used for practical replicas of the movie sword.
by Kortoso
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: A New Scabbard in the Works
Replies: 21
Views: 4153

Re: A New Scabbard in the Works

So the oxblood strap also forms a keeper for the by-knife too? I like that touch.
by Kortoso
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Viking-era scabbard attachments
Replies: 4
Views: 1531

Re: Viking-era scabbard attachments

I don't see it that way. Modern "wall hanger" swords are often sold with vertical suspension systems, basic similar to what you'd see on a knife. It doesn't require too much extra thought or material, and 99% of the purchasers will just hang the swords on the wall, or show up at the office...
by Kortoso
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Water Treatment on the Trail
Replies: 10
Views: 2417

Re: Water Treatment on the Trail

This is a topic much discussed in my old Bushcraft group in California. To wit, I found an interesting article suggesting that indeed, the further you get away from people and cattle, the safer your water may be. Backcountry water quality tests are good news for campers and if you want to dig deeper...
by Kortoso
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Viking-era scabbard attachments
Replies: 4
Views: 1531

Re: Viking-era scabbard attachments

Thank you for sharing this here! This provides, I think, a lot of material for "experimental archeology" - similar to work done regarding later period suspension systems.
by Kortoso
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Of blade shapes and field craft
Replies: 8
Views: 2192

Re: Of blade shapes and field craft

Now I haven't done nearly as much butchery as yourself, and I can't clearly recall which blades I've used, except the sharpest one I can find! But I'm wondering if that historical blade most similar in form to the saex - the Bowie knife - may have survived so long on the frontier for exactly this re...
by Kortoso
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Looking for some boot options
Replies: 11
Views: 2708

Re: Looking for some boot options

from your images, it seems you are inspired by native american footwear... Might I suggest the classic " Craft Manual of North American Indian Footwear " Why buy one pattern when you can have 50? Yes you will have to figure it out, a'la Elleth's suggestion, but patterns won't really save ...
by Kortoso
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: A New Scabbard in the Works
Replies: 21
Views: 4153

Re: A New Scabbard in the Works

Now that there is mighty pleasing to the eye, my brother.

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