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Ongoing usage by beginner kayakers

The Dagger Katana has seen additional usage since the initial review, this time in the hands of my friend Courtney. She's really new to Kayaking, infact this was her first outing on a boat. We started first with her on this boat on a lake. This is where the skeg really demonstrates just how much of a mutli-purpose boat this really is.

Initial Review

So in the interest of avoiding as much buyers bias as possible, I waited until I had 3 days in the kayak on the water to review it. It's pretty rad, but it has some pros and it has some cons. I'll cover those here.

Dagger Katana 10.4

So I was sitting there on my couch, laid up with a broken femur... thinking I need something to do that I can do with a screwed up leg. Kayaking came to mind, and so I picked up a kayak and paddled my days away on the pretty lakes surrounding my house.

First "proof of concept" effort

After reading a giant forum discussion on DIY Disc Golf Baskets over at, I got to thinking I could do better, for less money. I'd been itching for a project for some time, and while all of my favorite tools were in Oregon, I had a good amount of basics available to me at my parents place in New Hampshire. Why not give it a go?

DIY Disc Golf Basket (welded)

I love making things. I also like a good challenge. The idea of just throwing money outright at something just doesn't interest me... or maybe it's that I don't have that much money! Knowing this about myself, I frequently find myself heavily engaged in fun projects.

Building up the camper - 2013

So, I unfortunately got so heads down on this project I forgot to document everything... so here's the jist of my work during the year of 2013.

Swapped barrel for normal barrel. Further review of S&W Shield 9mm, still underwhelmed.

If you missed my previous review, I tried the firearm out with lack luster results. Upon inspection the job on the threaded barrel seemed at fault. I fired multiple firearms while shooting, even a Keltec PF9 (notably smaller with much longer and harder DA trigger pull) and had no such issues with printing great groups down and left.

PT740 comes back, and is unmanagable... sold it!

The Taurus PT740 came back after being gone for three weeks, and had been reworked by Taurus. I'm not exactly happy that would I essentially did was a short term loan with Taurus, but... what are you going to do? I knew I was taking a risk with this gun.

Woodruff Key Seared, the bike is dead.

Okay, I finally found some spare time to get in there.

My suspicion was that it was flywheel related, given the history of these engines and all. I also could engage the starter and it just free spun, so I knew something was up. The engine still had compression as well, pointing me further towards something with the flywheel.

Then I found this person with a similiar experience on another forum:


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