Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Rothco Classic Paratrooper Shoulder Bag- Review
This bag is slightly smaller than the Vintage Classic Messenger bag.
I bought this bag because it has some features that I like.
I like the clasp to secure the main flap.
I also like the snaps on the inner flap.
It has 3 dividers in the main compartment.
The shoulder strap has a pad for comfort and is removable.
The cotton canvas is soft and still feels durable.
All the connecting points are reinforced.
If you need a very large bag, go for the Vintage Classic Messenger Bag.
If you need slightly smaller and want the ability to secure the flap, go for the
I really like them both.
I wish the shoulder strap on the Paratrooper bag was about 3-4 inches longer.
I'm over 6 foot tall and the strap feels a little short for me.
Olive Drab Vintage Paratrooper Classic Shoulder Messenger Bag -
* 12 Ounce Stone Washed Canvas Material.
* 3 Inner Compartments.
* One Outer Double Snap Compartment.
* Shell Loops.
* Adjustable Shoulder Straps.
* No Emblem.
* Dimensions: 14" x 11" x 4".
Here's a link if you're interested:
Monday, May 20, 2013
My Rothco Vintage Classic Messenger bag is pretty heavy duty.
It has thick canvas and it could last a very long time.
I decided to wax and oil it.
It should last even longer now.
The wax and oil should help keep it dry and protected from
I like it so far.
It's a sturdy, simple bag.
I like it even more now.
Here's a link to the video I made on how to waterproof oil my
hat, which is the same process I used to waterproof / oil this messenger bag.
Here's a link to the review I did on the bag:
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Waxing a Canvas Hat (Using Toilet Ring Wax)
I decided to wax or waterproof some canvas.
In this case a hat.
There's many methods and this has been going on for over a 100 years.
Here's my method.
-NO BOILED LINSEED OIL OR TURPENTINE USED IN THIS RECIPE-
There's heat involved- Be careful! Don't burn your house down.
You can't stay with me if you do. Exercise Caution.
1. Get some wax. Beeswax, Parrafin or another form of Wax.
Toliet Ring Wax is one that can be used.
In the olden days it was beeswax, that's not the case now.
It's now a mixture of vegetable wax, petro-based wax and parrafin.
It's also a softer wax, and it doesn't dry hard like beeswax.
I made a mixture of waxes.
I used small amounts of beeswax, parrafin and the bulk majority came from the wax ring. ($1.48)
2. Find a carrier oil. One that will mix with the wax and also oil the canvas at the same time.
I chose coconut oil (I love that stuff) and some orange oil for a little citrus kick to keep bugs away.
3. Heat the wax in a double boiler until melted.
4. Mix the oil into wax. Stir until mixed completely. Be careful!
5. Use a brush to paint the canvas / Hat. HOT WAX IS LIKE LAVA. Be careful!
6. Let it dry.
7. Apply Heat to the canvas to impregnate the wax / oil into the canvas. (Heat Gun / Hairdryer works for this)
8. Let it dry. (12 hours or so)
NOTE- IF YOU'RE HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS- STOP.
IF NOT- CONTINUE.
IMPORTANT NOTE- IF YOU USED ANY LINSEED OIL / PAINT THINNER / TURPENTINE / OR ANY OTHER SOLVENT- DO NOT CONTINUE!
9. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
10. TURN THE OVEN OFF.
11. Place hat on aluminum foil sheet in the oven. OVEN IS OFF!
12. Let it warm in the oven for 10-40 mins.
13. Remove from oven and let it cool.
Recipe- yours may vary.
1. 1 Wax Toliet Ring- Standard/ 3-4 Tablespoons of BeesWax/ 1-2 Tablespoons of Parrafin Wax/
2. Oil- 8 ounces of Coconut Oil/ 5-10 Essential Oils- Orange. etc. (optional)
1. Paint Brush- to apply wax
2. Double Boiler / Stove- to melt wax
3. Paint Stick- to stir melted wax / oil mix
4. Heat Gun- to melt wax on canvas
5. Cardboard or something to protect working area.
Melted wax is a pain to clean up.