The Wranglerstar Knife Sharpener

The Wranglerstar Knife sharpener
The Wranglerstar knife sharpener

Last week I received the TSPROF knife sharpening system. The Wranglerstar kit. I’ve had a chance to look at it a bit and here are some initial impressions and a quick look at the sharpening system. It certainly looks promising, and I know a lot of you are probably thinking: but how does it compare to the Wicked Edge? Well, next week I’m going to do a sharpener shootout video comparing my 3 main systems. The paper wheels, the Wicked Edge and the TSPROF. In the mean time, check out this video on the TSPROF sharpening system.

Full disclosure, I received this sharpener free of charge from TSPROF however I was not told I had to review it and I am not being paid anything to show this. CheersšŸ‘

Tool Time Tuesday – The Metal Lathe

What would you do with a metal lathe?
What would you do with a metal lathe?

Just uploaded a new episodeĀ of TRIPLEĀ T, on the metal lathe. A metal lathe is an awesome addition to any shop it has allowed me to make all sorts of jigs and fixtures that I use not only in my knife making, but also for all sorts of other projects around the homestead. From bringing hair-brained ideas to life to making simple repairs that otherwise would require buying (often expensive) parts, having a metal lathe at your disposal opens up a whole world of possibilities. If you’re patient, you can find HOT DEALSĀ on used ones. Check out the video!

A Micro-Adventure

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Do you Micro-Adventure?

Life is busy. Fast paced and busy. Finding a little balance can be challenging. Several years ago (in my bike blogging days) I learned about a really cool little concept called micro-adventuring. Pondero is a bike blogger that really practicesĀ this concept well. I now follow him on instagram, and he is still getting out for little bike tours and a cup of coffee. He does S24Os as well (sub 24hr overnight trip) but he’s a champ at the micro-adventure or micro-tour.

The idea of micro adventure makes a lot of sense. With a little creative thinking, it’s amazing how you can incorporate them into a busy lifestyle. Where you live will impact the type of micro-adventures you can get out on but ask your self; ‘where could I micro-adventure near me?’

My in-laws happen to have a nice little lake on their land and while there are no fish in it, there are lots and lot of ducks, swans, geese and marsh birds. It’s not a deep lake by any stretch but it will float a canoe.

Perfect Day for a little paddle with the fam-jam!
Perfect Day for a little paddle with the fam-jam!

So we made a plan to head out just for a quick paddle yesterday. It was about 2 1/2 hrs altogether and that is the beauty of the micro-adventure. They can be squeezed into an afternoon or morning. They don’t have to be epic or have the most amazing scenery. They just have to be done. A little paddling, a little sitting around relaxing, kids shooting their pellet guns, slingshots and chopping some wood. It’s nice to just be enjoying the outdoors at a slow pace as a family.

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I’d encourage you to think about micro-adventuring. Where can you go in your area that takes you out of your regularly fast paced and life and lets you just slow down and relax while still doing something. Add your favourite people on earth and you’ve got a great time!

Check out the video here:

 

 

DIY Leather Stitching Pony

Super handy DIY project!
Super handy DIY project!

I’ve been getting more and more into leather work and now offering leather sheaths available for most of my knives. That’s a great option but it also means some upgrades to current tools/processes.

One thing that is super handy if you are doing a lot of leather work is a stitching pony, or stitching horse. It’s basically a clamping tool usually made of wood that hold the piece that you are sewing so that you can have both hands free from the leather being sewn. It also helps keep the leather rigid and prevents it from flexing while sewing.

I checked out a few options that are commercially available and decided it would probably be cheaper just to build one . All in it was a 3 hr project (made good use of my milling machine) and it’s going to save so much time! There are easier DIY versions of a stitching pony out there but I wanted something that was a little unique, and I wanted to find a way to use only materials that I had laying around and not have to buy anything for this build. Check out the build video!

Win a Foredom!

Win THIS Foredom!
Win THIS Foredom!

If you’ve followed Simple Little Life on YouTube for a while, you probably know that I like to celebrate milestones by doing giveaways! Well, I’m keeping that trend going and we are coming up no one hundred thousand subscribers! 100K! That’s nuts! Never did I ever think this would happen, and I am so excited and honoured to be a part of the maker community on YouTube. More than just a number, it represents a growing community of friends, idea sharers and people wanting to learn to make things, make knives and just improve their skills over all.

For this GAW, I reached out to Foredom Electric Company, and they have donated a Foredom power carver set to be given away once we hit 100K subs on YouTube. Huge thank you to Foredom for getting behind this GAW and supporting the channel in this way. I am so grateful and amazed at their involvement.

I love my Foredom and use it in so many projects, including every knife that I make.

Here are two videos you can check out; the first is the GAW announcement video (please note, this is not the video that you enter to win on, that one is coming soonšŸ˜€) and the second is a Tool Time Tuesday I did on the Foredom.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the support that you have shown in the past year that have made this channel grow, and it is such an amazing community to be involved in. Hopefully we’ll be launching the GAW soon and get this awesome tool into one of your hands!

CheersšŸ‘

 

Our YouTube Channel has been Hacked!!!!

First of all, thanks so much to everyone for all of the notifications and messages about the situation. It is an amazing feeling to have so many people looking out for us and very quickly letting us know of what was happening. Thank you.

Recently the Simple Little Life has joined the Studio71 Network, and this hack was a complete hack accross all members of the Studio71 team. Including some really big YouTubers like Good Mythical Morning, Roman Atwood, Wranglerstar and many many others.

We’ve been told YouTube is working on fixing the situation and we should have all of our titles, descriptions and everything else back to normal within a few days. Apparently this hack is just a way of #OurMine flexing their muscles and proving that there are security issues. Which obviously there are. Uploading new content is still working just fine and from what we’ve been told the hack has been neutralized.

So now it’s just a matter of waiting until everything gets put back to normal. Again, thank you so much for all of the heads-up messages. They are most certainly appreciated.

Cheers!šŸ‘

YouTube Sponsorship and Sharp Knives

Up on the vlog for today is a bit of an explanation of how I got my wicked edge knife sharpener. And a quick look at the speedy sharp sharpener.

 

Tool Time Tuesday – 1-2-3 Blocks

Okay okay, we’ve been pretty slack at updating this website lately, but all of that is changing. We’ve been busy re-vamping our YouTube presence and part of that is keeping up to date across all of our other Social Media Platforms as well. Including here.

So, with every new video that comes out, so will a new post. Also, I’ll try and get a better write on each post with some additional photos. Thanks for tuning in!

Tool Time Tuesday – Back to the basics of setting up a decent shop

In setting up a useful shop, one of the early tools that should be considered would be a decent bench vise. Regardless of what you plan on doing in your shop, in most instances you will find a bench vise to be an incredibly valuable tool. It’s a tool that will be equally as useful to a person just getting starting in there fixing, building, making journey as it is to a master craftsman who has years of experience. Yup, I think bench vises are awesome.

Another Give Away!

We made an announcement last week on our YouTube channel that we’re doing another give away to mark a milestone for the channel. 50,000 Subscribers! Now, at the time of this post we’re not there yet, but we did announce what would be given away once we reach that mark.

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Sweet prizes!

First item will be the knife maker’s sanding block that I sell, and the second is actually a sponsored prize from Oneida, the company that makes the Dust Deputy. They have been so kind to add a Dust Deputy complete kit to the give away.

So once we’re reached 50K on the channel, we will make the video saying “Comment below to win” and all you have to do is be a subscriber, and leave a comment on that video and you’re entered. The sanding block will ship anywhere on earth, the Dust Deputy will ship only to a winner that lives in either Canada or the USA. (This is strictly due to the high cost of shipping such a large box overseas).

Thank you so much for all of your support and keep an eye out for the announcement video and make sure you get in on it! It’s just a little way for us to say thank you.