After 17 days of drying the sausage is fully moulded and has lost 17.6% of its mass. I think the sausage might be ready in ten days or so but it already smells like a ripe cheese. On another note, on a whim I bought a new folding fishing knife that caught my eye at the tackle store:
This knife boasts some kind of titanium-alloy blade and everything else is made of plastic and comes with a guarantee from the maker it will not rust for 10 years or your money back. By virtue of its construction it weighs about 35 grams and packs small, a great advantage for sea fishing. I look forward to taking it with me to Ibaraki this weekend where I am scheduled to go offshore fishing with Captain Yutaka, and shall put it through its paces. I’ve destroyed probably a dozen or more fishing knives in my time, despite the makers promising much in their construction and design. The only knives that have really answered are a kind of CRKT Crawford-Kasper tactical knife that no longer seems to be made. I also have a classic Buck folder that is tough and holds its edge well but the blade has a slight tendency to corrosion. We’ll see how this one does.