I love visiting the local consignment shops here in Finland. You never know what you’re going to find. Often, most of the stuff is uninteresting to me, but sometimes I get lucky. While at one of these shops today, I spotted an SAK in a cabinet. The cost was 7 Euros. I asked to see it and opened each of the tools to make sure it was serviceable. It looked like it was hardly used, so I bought it. It turned out to be a Wenger Classic 07, but was a bit different from the standard model, as it did not have the tweezers or toothpick. This might be because it was a promotional version from “Huyck Austria”. Don’t know how it made its way up here, but I’m happy it did. 🙂 I actually think I’m going to use this knife as part of my regular gear outfit, along side my camp knife and axe, as it’ll be good for fine work, opening cans and making holes (awl).
I then moved on to a small outdoor store I had never been to before. After fondling the knives feverishly and drooling a bit, I moseyed over to the fishing aisle. There I spotted something I have been looking for for several months. It’s a telescoping fishing pole with 14 sections and a total extended length of 4.5 meters/14 feet 9 inches. The collapsed length is 0.45 meters/1 foot 6 inches, so it’s easily stowable in a pack. It’s not designed for use with a reel, rather a length of fishing line is tied to a small metal loop at the end of the rod, kind of like a high-tech version of the old cane fishing pole. I don’t ever remember seeing rods like this in the US, but they are pretty common here (as far as I know, a fishing license is often not required when you’re using a setup like this, whereas if you’re using a rod and reel combo, you need multiple licenses). I like these kinds of setups because they’re very simple, durable and functional. So I picked it up for 24 Euros. I’m sure it’ll come with me on future trips where fishing might be involved. To go along with it, I bought a package of two lengths of line already fitted with floats, sinkers and hooks for 1.50 Euros.
Tomorrow I’ll be heading to the forest for some hiking and woods bumming. The few inches of snow we got last week are already gone because of this weirdo weather we’re having, so it’s not quite time to break out the snowshoes and gear toboggan yet. I’m planning on exploring some new parts of the forest property I go to, so if you don’t hear from me for a while, I “got lost” and decided to become a full-time woodsbum.