One of the wildest tales in Frontier Partisan history is getting what appears to be a rather lush screen treatment: Edge of the World, featuring the remarkable Jonathan Rhys Myers as pirate-smashing, empire-defying James Brooke.
The adventures of Sir James Brooke, who defied the British Empire to rule a jungle kingdom in 1840s Borneo, embarked on a lifelong crusade to end piracy, slavery and head-hunting, and inspired Lord Jim and The Man Who Would Be King.
Rhys Myers is famously “difficult,” but he’s an extraordinarily effective actor. His portrayal of the Missouri bushwhacker Pitt Mackeson in Ride With The Devil is absolutely chilling.
And I am delighted to see Hannah New as Elizabeth Crookshank. New portrayed Eleanor Guthrie in Black Sails.
The next installment of the Frontier Partisans Podcast will be uploaded on April 19. Simon Girty — American Renegade. I’m proud of this one…
Happy to say the podcast has over 1,200 downloads; not bad for a recent launch. If you are inclined to support the work on an ongoing basis (the podcast and this blog), you can throw down some plews at the Frontier Partisans Patreon Page.
FP reader Padre, in response to my “Something Seaxy” post, slyly led me into further temptation…
The Skrama is a versatile heavy-duty bush knife – a tool that builds shelters chops firewood and even carves feather sticks! If you’re taking just one knife into the bush the Skrama is a viable option. This is naturally no axe, nor a precision tool for extremely meticulous work, but something in between and a solid and dependable companion above all.
Skrama – as in Scramasax or Seax, a big single-edged knife popular in the early Middle Ages. Much like the Scandinavian Leuku, it doubles up as a tool and defensive implement. A fine name is always nice and the best ones are those with some history behind them – our 21st-century Skrama would surely meet the demands of any Saxon man from “ye good olde days.”
All Terävä carbon steel knives are made from 80CrV2. The “thing” is that this is really nothing fancy or special, just very good tool steel which can take a beating and offers good edge retention. 80CrV2 has over the decades earned a reputation as solid and reliable steel, especially for our purposes.
The heat treatment we use leaves the surface of the steel softer (approx. 52 HRC) than the inside (59 HRC). This functions a lot like fancy differential heat treatments giving the blade added strength.
I do love these robust “tool” knives…