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JC#4 - tip

He's going to pick one of these tips, contingent on his steadiness.

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Nice stick! Do you mind if I ask about the back story?

My dad was a Marine many years ago.

I like what you did for the ferrule. I've seen the combo tips before but haven't sprung for one. Did you buy the complete kit or just the replacement tips and make the rest yourself? It looks like a good way to make them fit any size blank.

Rodney
 

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Sure, I was in college and home over the Christmas break when a high school buddy came over to visit. He looked sharp in his Marine uniform, but he had to use a cane to walk. He had been shot in Vietnam. So I decided to enlist and get even.

After boot camp and infantry training I went to a 6-month radio-telegraph school (MOS 2533), then about 9 months at Camp Pendleton with 5th Recon Btn. Then it was time for Vietnam.

First Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (1st ANGLICO) was the unit. We supported Allied units with close air support (thus the CAS14 tag), naval gunfire, medevacs, and resupply.

The Korean Marine Corps was there. Their 2nd Brigade, the Blue Dragons, had four battalions and a recon platoon. Most of my time was with one of their companies with one other ANGLICO Marine. Jim was my partner through the Tet offensive. We had a platoon of casualties in just one day, 6 KIA, and I don't know how many died enroute to a hospital or later. So we shared some stuff.
 

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The copper ferrule is pipe from the hardware store and a steel washer at the base. I just used a threaded steel piece from the hardware store that fits the rubber tips from two sources. Dumb move, you can't get them off without a lot of effort and tearing them up. Black Diamond sells the rubber end for its trekking poles that the tips will snap onto. I could have epoxied that into a hole. But Jim shouldn't have to replace the tip, and if he does he has a big firefighter son living nearby.
 

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So, yes, I do like kimchee! :)
 

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Thanks for the back story!

I like kimchee too though I've never been to Korea.

I've been looking at a lot of pictures of sticks on the computer. I saw where one person soldered a nut onto the ferrule to be able to remove the threaded portion and replace it as needed.

If you use a jamb nut tightened against the tip you should be able to loosen the nut and spin the tip right off without damaging it.

I'm just finishing a hiking stick for my daughter. Nothing fancy, just a reasonably straight piece of flowering plum for the stick. I used a 1" copper pipe cap for the ferrule. I just drilled a hole in the end and glued a carriage bolt into the hole. It's not for indoor use and I figure the cap end of the steel bolt should wear well for quite a while.

Rodney
 

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