Sharpening Knives

As for sharpening of knives, my friend took a sharpening course in Cleveland a while back from Steve Bottorff ( ).  He has his book and ended up purchasing an Edge Pro professional model and a bunch of stones.  Steve really knew his stuff.  Check out his page for lots of useful information:

and the following exceptionally informative page from Ward at:

Chad also wrote an exhaustive book on knives and knife sharpening, which is definitely worth purchasing:
“An Edge in the Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Knives — How to Buy Them, Keep Them Razor Sharp, and Use Them Like a Pro”

My friend bought the Edge Pro after he read what Steve and Chad had to say about it.  He also likes the Mac Knife Ceramic honing rod.  Here’s HOW TO USE A CERAMIC KNIFE SHARPENING ROD:

For serious sharpening, I like to use DMT diamond stones, coarse then fine, followed by a leather strop with fine polishing compound added to it (heating it with a hair dryer makes it easier to apply.  The DMT blade aligner, helps to get the correct angle and keep it.  See for Dozier’s method of sharpening on DMT diamond stones, which is the only one I have found to be both very easy and very effective, then followed with the ceramic rod and the leather strop.  I like to use a sharpie marker to mark the blade so you can ensure you are getting the correct angle and coverage to your sharpening passes, which are lightly made across the diamond stone.





For carbon knives such some of my cowboy knives which are not used for food preparation, I like to coat the blade after sharpening […]

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    Looking for a 2016 Benchmade Special Edition Pink Cancer Awareness Steep Country Knife

Looking for a 2016 Benchmade Special Edition Pink Cancer Awareness Steep Country Knife

I checked the with manufacture and the largest dealers of Benchmade Knives:  Blade HQ,, and Knife Center, but there are apparently none of these 2016 special run Steep Country pink hunting knives (Limited edition 15008-PNK Steep Country) left for sale anywhere that I could find.  If you have one that you would be willing to sell or find a link to one online, please contact me at  Thank you.


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Jimmy’s Thanksgiving and Game Recipes

Our favorite recipes from Thanksgiving at Jimmy’s family’s house in the countryside, where cookies, pies, game dishes, and deer abound.  Try these great venison and other recipes.


This recipe came to The Times in 2000 during the Bush-Gore presidential campaign when Family Circle magazine ran cookie recipes from each of the candidates’ wives and asked readers to vote. Laura Bush’s cowboy cookies, a classic chocolate chip cookie that’s been beefed up with oats, pecans, coconut and cinnamon, beat Tipper Gore’s ginger snaps by a mile. Here is an adaptation of that winning recipe.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups packed light-brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups unsweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans (8 ounces)

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Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
In a very large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in sugars, and combine thoroughly.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla.
Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool.


Have you cooked this?  Mark as Cooked


Jimmy’s Mom’s homemade summer sausage from deer venison, made in the oven:

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How to Blanket Your Horse for Winter or Rain

Blanketing 101 – Adapted to Colorado From a Dover’s Newsletter
Here, in Colorado are the answers to these most commonly asked questions to help you make your horse comfortable this season.  For blanket repairs and cleaning, we think that Kerry Martin, KLM Blanket Cleaning and Repair is the best that we have ever found and reasonably priced at (720) 341-4955.
1. Why so many blanket weights?
Horse clothing manufacturers offer a range of weights in their blanket collections to allow the perfect choice for every horse based on its personal needs and its environmental conditions. The weight of a blanket refers to grams of poly fill between the inner and outer layers. The fill insulates a horse from the cold by trapping its body heat; the higher the number of grams of fill, the warmer and heavier the blanket will be.

Lightweight turnout blankets from some manufacturers have 100 grams of fill in the center. Other manufacturers refer to their turnout sheets as lightweights, so be sure to take note of fill when shopping for a light blanket. Mid-weight or medium weight turnouts have 180 to 200 grams of fill. Heavyweight turnouts typically have 300 to 440 grams of fill.

For Colorado, we recommend that you get a turnout sheet and a heavy weight waterproof turnout blanket.  You can double layer them when it is really cold.

If you don’t have a groom that lives on site, the Horseware® HorsePal Monitor and App, exclusively FREE with a Rambo blanket purchase, can help you understand and predict your horse’s blanketing needs accurately. Using actual data, HorsePal eliminates guesswork in choosing your horse’s coverage on any given day. A small monitor inside the blanket senses and records the inner temperature and humidity. That temperature, […]

By |November 2nd, 2017|Foxhunting|Comments Off on How to Blanket Your Horse for Winter or Rain

The Horse

“The horse is not here to reward your ego, to compete with you, to punish you the horse responds to who you are, how you feel, what you think, and what you do the horse is here to enable you to learn how to be a better you, and that is a blessing”  – Joanne Verikios

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Bird and Fish Knives and Hunting Knives

Locking knives, beginning with the Lockback or Midlock were developed at least 200 years ago. Until 1964, they were a minor part of the business because people thought it foolish to pay a 20-30% premium for the locking mechanism. But things changed in 1964, when a new company, Buck Knives, offered a large lockback which was dubbed the “Folding Hunter”, the Buck 110, that was soon one of the fastest selling knives in the knife world. Soon all of the older knife companies were offering at least one lockback to their customers.

However the Buck 110 is probably the best selling knife ever and it is awesome sharp in 420HC, and easy to sharpen, but doesn’t keep the greatest edge.  The knives are heavy and tough, and well suited to hunting and camping purposes.

Having said that, we don’t really prefer the folding knife for a hunting knife, as they can often result in serious injury if the lock fails or accidentally is closed.  We prefer a drop point fixed blade knife.  This is Paul’s knife, together with some from a friend who is a knife maker, which is what we like for both the blade shape and overall size, which are on the small size for big game hunting, but still very useful and good for birds and fish as well.  We really like the S35V and S30VN steels which are sharp and durable.  The 1095, D1 and D2 file steels are great for cowboy/horseman blades, as shown below.  There are many great steels these days.

These came with a cross draw sheath, meant for carrying on your left front hip.

This one is made a former horse shoe rasp and is 1095 high carbon […]

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Eye of the Tiger


Tigers Eye Stone is a powerful stone that aids harmony and balance, and helps you to release fear and anxiety.  It stimulates taking action, and helps you to make decisions with discernment and understanding, and unclouded by your emotions.  Traditionally it was carried as an amulet against curses or ill-wishing, and is known to give you courage, self confidence and strength of will.  It enhances creativity and is one of the stones that aid kundalini awakening.  This natural crystal balances the brain, so it may be of benefit to help those who are suffering from mental disease or with personality disorders.  The largest numbers of Tiger Eye Stones are found in South Africa, but it also comes from Brazil, India, Burma, Western Australia and USA.  The meaning of this stones name relates to its resemblance to the eye of a tiger or cats eye. Its color is yellow brown to golden brown and it is very attractive with lovely bands of color through it.  While it is not really classified as a quartz crystal, it could be said to be in the quartz family, as it is a variety of quartz with inclusions of fibers of gold asbestos which gives it the golden color.  These stones are profound amplifiers of energy, similar to most quartz crystals, and will boost the energy of any other crystals you use it with.  Tigers Eye stone will integrate both hemispheres of the brain, and aid those with scattered energy to resolve any mental conflicts.  It helps you to be clearer mentally, and will charge the intellect as it allows you to remain calm and grounded through the changes.  It is as simple as keeping the stone within your aura, so it will be of benefit to you. It is […]

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Archery Tips and Places to Shoot Archery

Places to shoot archery around Douglas County Colorado:



Highlands Ranch:

11478 Monarch Blvd, Lone Tree, CO 80124


Columbine Bowmen Archery Range


Watch this video for proper form:



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Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It is a practice that started in India, and is now very popular in the United States and around the world. Yoga has gained a lot of attention lately – maybe because it is a fun and easy way for both adults and kids to feel healthy and happy. For children, yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful way. Yoga and kids are a perfect match. Here is what children (and adults!) can learn from yoga.
Yoga teaches us about:
• Body movement – to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. Postures help our bodies become strong and flexible.
• How to breathe better – to breathe deeply and fully and become more aware.
• How to use our energy more effectively – we feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated.
• How to quiet the mind – we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.
• Balance – we learn to be aware about the need for balance in our lives and making sure we balance our very busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.
• To be the “boss” of our bodies – to listen to our bodies by modifying or changing poses that are too hard.
• Taking care of ourselves – Yoga is a great way to move our bodies, feel healthy and support a good night’s sleep!

By |October 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yoga

Recurve Bow – Traditional Archery

Our daughter started with a toy bow from the RenFest and graduated up to a small compound bow.  While it isn’t a Black Widow PX, she has now started with a Cabela Ranger Recurve Bow  in a right hand 62:, 25# setup.  but then decided that the PSE NightHawk was better, in a right hand 62″ 25# setup.  We started with what we were given, which was the Cabela’s Stalker Extreme 4 L/W feathers arrows, 340, 65/80, 9.3 GPI, with 5/16″ 75 gr. easy pull field points in a 31.5″ uncut length.  We found they were too long and heavy, and swapped them out for Stalker Extreme 45-65, in 29.25″ length, 500, 7.3 GPI, with 75 grain, 9/32″ diameter bullet points.  We use a hay bale with  a Morrell Target.  We have a finger guard and ketoh arm guards.  She is also experimenting with the much lighter 28″ Beman ICS Hunter Junior arrows, which are 7.3 GPI and 600, feather fletched.  PSE recommends Razorback or Desparado arrows at 30″ and 800 spine for up to 40 lbs.  Replacement limbs can be ordered from any retailer or from 800-824-8261 drop shipped to  your location.
Cabela’s Stalker Xtreme™ Arrows Feathers, Per 6

Outfitted with 4″ feathers, tradition meets technology
Microsmooth surface finish is quiet and easy on rest and targets
Added mass for better kinetic energy
Straightness factor to ±.003″

We started with our customer-favorite Stalker Extreme shafts, improved the straightness factor to ±.003”, and then outfitted each with 4” feathers to come up with an arrow you can count on for consistent, reliable performance with broadheads and field points alike. The high-strength carbon-composite fibers and unidirectional, carbon-filled core contribute to each arrow’s light weight and professional-grade performance. […]

By |October 11th, 2017|Archery, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recurve Bow – Traditional Archery