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Putting a Vintage Rucksack Together

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by UrbanFool, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. UrbanFool

    UrbanFool The Village Idiot

    I posted this to another forum but am unable to access the answers, so I'll try here.

    I'm trying to figure out how to put this vintage rucksack together. The place I bought it suggests it's Norwegian, but I've found nothing that looks even remotely similar on the Internet --as in sewing techniques and the hardware and webbing on the bag. I did have someone tell me it could very possibly be Norwegian from the WWII era. I'm not sure I can even get adequate instructions on how to put it together without pictures. The mannequin has certainly been a big help.

    This is how I started putting it together, and then came to a complete halt.

    The bag has these metal clips.

    This is the suspenders. It has loops that are a bit crunched at the end, suggesting they hook to the metal clips somehow. Back in picture one, you can see how the straps appear to fit through the guides in the suspenders.

    This is the front and the bottom of the bag.

    There is also a 2" wide belt, and a bunch of web gear. Anybody have an idea?
  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    hmmmm....doesn't look very practicle.
  3. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    I have to agree...sorry to say, but I would look for something...better?
  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    WOW. Looks like a CTD special -great for collecting, not so great in practicality.

    It looks like all ends hook onto the metal clasps; the top pieces get channeled through the pack straps down to the bottom clasps, and the bottom pieces simply attach to the top clasps -utilizing gravity and persistent tension to keep it in place. Very simple, not too effective, especially over rough terrain, and the pack won't hold too much weight for sure.
  5. UrbanFool

    UrbanFool The Village Idiot

    It's not a go bag. It's for camping with my church --no hiking. As a matter of fact, I think we'll be the only ones there without an RV. I just happen to have a thing for all things vintage!

    Once I figure out how it goes together, the sewing machine and a few feet of velcro will come into play.
  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Have a great time! b::
  7. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Great!...I prefer using my handywork too!...Have fun, and drop a pic of the final prouct!
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