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DIY - Make Yourself A Mock-Up (Post Pics If You Can)

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by bruner, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. bruner

    bruner Loaded Pockets

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    First off, this is not my idea, but I made my first one today and thought it was worthy of discussion.

    Back in May of 2006, Knightrider posted THIS about some mock-ups he did while waiting for his items to arrive in the mail.

    I thought it was a fantastic idea when I first read it. Up until now, I never had a reason to do one. But now, I am trying to decide whether or not to purchase a rather expensive item for my keychain.

    Berkeley Point has this Titanium Fixed Bail Snap Shackle, which I want to use as a replacement for the cheap little carabiners that I've been using for years.

    Since it is a bit expensive, I wanted to make sure that it's form and function would be acceptable first. So, I printed out the picture of it, then reduced it on a coppier at work until it was the actual size, then cut it out.

    Here is my current keychain set-up:
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    Here is the mock-up:
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    Almost looks real, doesn't it?

    Anyhow, it looked real enough to help me make a decision. I just ordered the the new snap shackle :)

    Thanks for looking,
    Dan

    PS. Remeber Berkeley Point has a 10% discount for EDCF members.
     
  2. parnass

    parnass Loaded Pockets

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    Nice work.

    I cut wooden dowels to size to serve as 3-dimensional flashlight mockups This allows me to determine how well the lights fit my hand and holster(s) before actually purchasing them.
     

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  3. bruner

    bruner Loaded Pockets

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    That's a good idea.

    O0

    Dan
     
  4. Lugsalot

    Lugsalot EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Great ideas, fellows! You've just made ordering items that much easier for me! :rant:

    (Edit: sorry about the angry face; that's my budget talking!) :laugh:
     
  5. knightrider

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    I use photoshop all the time to see actual size in printouts. Sometimes I glue the actual sized printouts to cardboard to hold and get the feel of the size. Flashlights and knives are something I do this with often.
     
  6. bruner

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    Chris,

    It was your post HERE that gave me the idea to make a mock-up before deciding to buy.

    Thanks :)

    I didn't glue mine to cardboard (good idea), but my mock-up turned out to be pretty close to the real thing and it definetly helped me decide on a purchase...

    [​IMG]

    Dan
     
  7. knightrider

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    Now there's a thread from the past! Forgot about that one. My dad has that L1 now and the Bug Out Blade was sold to a member to fund another Atwood piece. I actually just made a mock-up yesterday to see the real size of the Case Trapper I'm getting. :coolsmiley:
     
  8. cbb

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    Thought I would share the way I try to see if a certain knife may be for me.  As with most people, I have to decide on a knife by looking at images on the web.  Sometimes these pictures can be a bit deceptive as to the true size.  Here is a way that I try to see if a particular knife may be for me.

    I trace the image onto paper off my computer screen.  [You need to play with the screen resolution/print out till you have the proper actual size.]  I then trace this out onto a piece of cardboard.  Then I cut this out and 'try' my new knife out to see if it seems like a winner. 

    Seems better than just buying and hoping for the best. Not a lot of knife stores to choose from near me and unfortunately my bank account is not unlimited.   :broke:

    Any other creative ways to shop?   :popcorn:

     
     

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  9. Qrt

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    great idea, I can't remember the times I got a knife and expected it to be bigger/smaller that it was
     
  10. flip

    flip Empty Pockets

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    I know it sounds crazy but I kinda like it if a knife doesn't fit me well. It gives me an excuse to buy another knife!
     
  11. parnass

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    Good idea, cbb. I build wood mockups. There are other ways to "size" the tool before purchase discussed in the thread Sizeasy - Compare Dimensions in 3D.
     
  12. KeyGrip

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    I've seen some cool cardboard mockups, some which even folded. For all you Spyderco fans, you can not only see a list of all Spyderco models but also see an actual sized picture.
     
  13. cbb

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    Can I have your 'hand me downs'? ;D
     
  14. bruner

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    New topic ”will a knife fit in my hand” has been merged with previous similar topic “make yourself a mock-up”.
    :db:
    - bruner