An outdoors manís kit is not complete unless he has a good pair of ice creepers. I have found the pattern shown herewith to be most effective.
The material is band steel, an inch wide and 34 inch thick. The dimensions shown will fit the ordinary manís foot. After cutting the steel to length, take s hack saw or cold chisel (saw is best) and slot the corners as indicated.. The mortise for attaching the straps is made by drilling four 34-inch holes side by side near each end. Finish cutting out the holes with a cold chisel and smooth up the edges of them with a file. Next bend the ears up and the points down as shown. Regular band steel will bend cold. Some steel may have to be heated first. After bending, remove all sharp edges with a file and trim the points down so they are just three-quarters of an inch long. To harden the steel, get a small quantity of cyanide of potassium, which can be had at any drug store. Tell them what you want it for, as there are several grades.
Heat your creepers red hot. Put a small chunk of cyanide on them and place back in the fire so the cyanide may melt and run all over the metal. When the metal is a nice red, plunge in cold water and you will have a real temper. The creepers are finished by riveting a strap and buckle to each one. Strap on over the instep, right in the middle of the shoe and you will have a creeper that will stay right where you put your foot.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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