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Bountiful day!

It was impossible to get a decent photo (which, I guess, says the camouflage was effective), but that Big Ole Heap O’ Camo and olive drab just below is a USMC wool sweater (always did think those were sharp looking) and a military poncho and poncho liner. Those were just a few of the items in one package I received today from someone I know won’t want to be named.


That type of poncho liner is better known as a woobie for the comfort it offers cold, weary soldiers. It’s also one of the few pieces of military gear in steady use since the Vietnam War. Together the poncho and liner serve as a mild-weather sleeping bag (pdf.)

I’m going to love these warm blessings come wintertime. The poncho and woobie will go into the stuffsack provided and live in my vehicle in case of strandings in the woods or by the roadside.

Then there was the second package:


These were gifts from two people who are the secret soul within The Zelman Partisans.

The knife is one of TZP’s just-arrived custom Kershaws and the embroidered-logo tee shirt is from TZP’s Queensboro store.

Beauties. Both of ’em.

The blade has a spring-assist and two alternate opening mechanisms, a thumbstud and a flipper, both ambidextrous. When my knife arrived, the pivot screw for the blade was a smidge tight and the blade opened sluggishly. A quarter turn with a T8 torx-head screwdriver bit (per the enclosed manual) took care of that in five seconds. Snap! the blade leaped into position with nearly the speed of an automatic knife. Snap! I love that sound.

Now I just need to practice my one-handed opening technique.

But oh! The dilemma! I now have two sleek Kershaw spring-assist folders — different models, both gifts, both perfect EDC knives. So which one goes in the pocket and which in the car? Or which in the pocket and which in the Maxpedition jumbo pack?

Decisions, decisions. But the bottom line is that nobody can have too many uber-cool knives. Simply not possible to have an excess of interesting blades.

Big thanks!


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 27, 2015 4:45 am

    Too many? Probably not… Got into a thing about buying pocket knives, multi tools and such like for a while… and now they are everywhere. 🙂 Darn handy too. I use them a lot, and change “favorites” as the season and chores come around.

    But I don’t like my big “assisted opening” folding knife much. Too bulky and heavy, and won’t stay sharp. Most of the smaller ones have too much garbage attached (swiss army sort), and my fixed blade knife is too large for anything but camping. So even though I have knives everywhere, and use them a lot, I don’t have a good one to carry all the time.

    Going to save up for one of those knives from TZP… and then I’m really going to have “enough” knives.

    At least for a while. LOL

  2. Tahn
    Tahn May 27, 2015 11:59 am

    What cool, nice gifts Claire.

    I love my poncho liners. Lightweight but warm. Just sew your TZP patch on that beautiful sweater and I bet you get saluted, at least I will.

    As with all gov. stuff, wash well before skin contact.

  3. Claire
    Claire May 27, 2015 12:57 pm

    “As with all gov. stuff, wash well before skin contact.”


    Love the idea of attaching the TZP patch to that sweater, also.

  4. kevin mullis
    kevin mullis May 27, 2015 9:36 pm

    The USMC sweater is called a Wooley Pulley. Semper Fi.

  5. A.G.
    A.G. May 30, 2015 9:50 pm

    I’d been saving that Joyce joke for months, specifically for that occasion. Clearly, it was so awesome it broke your com-pu-taters “O” and “A” keys. 😉

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