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Jeweler's loupe / keychain magnifying glass?

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by loveit, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. loveit

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    Does anyone else EDC a jeweler's loupe? I found one a few years back that was excellent optically and inexpensive. I had to get my husband one, too, because he always took mine! Here's a picture of it with my other EDC stuff. Loupes can be great for looking at anything tiny-- finding cracks, slivers, or anything else. It is something I use frequently.
     

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    I carry the smaller 4X loupe in my pants pocket and the larger 3X loupe in a versipack. They are handy for examining a photo, an old coin, or a splinter more closely while away from home.
     

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    Yep, former geologist here. Still carry a Vantage 10X handlens from over 20+ years ago.
     
  4. M.TEX

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    Yes  I have one in my Back pack and the other one in my BOB bag.
    Most to be used as fire starter in case the S...... hits the fan.

    M.TEX
     
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    I had forgotten that I had one till I saw this thread.

    Have had this Ruper 10x loupe stashed in my desk stuff for years, don't even remember when I purchased it.

    probably won't add it to my edc, but might add it to my bug out bag

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    Yep, I do have one. It's a 12X monical style, you have to put it right up/in your eye. Don't edc it though.



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    Got one in my work bag. Looks like the black one in reply #1 above, but it has two flip out lens. Don't know why, all I ever use is one, and they both do not seem any different in power. Sometimes I use them both in tandem for a super macro, but I don't kniw if that is it's intended use.
     
  8. loveit

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    I'm happy to see I'm not the only one. I love my loupe! It's in my purse at all times. :)
     
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    Actually I used to think the same thing until thisthread. Had seen sone carry them, but usually in tool box or "kit", like at gun shows or coin/stamp collectors.
     
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    Only when I'm out in the forest ID'ing trees. I actually use my dad's old lupe - he bought it when he was in college. :)
     
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    I carry a Nikon 12D 3x loupe in my pocket, for those times when I don't have my reading glasses.  The Nikon's large (a little more than 1") lens makes it good for reading small print.

    I also carry a Bausch & Lomb 10x Hastings Triplet Magnifier in my BOB for really close up viewing.  I typically use it when evaluating coins for my collection.

    Both are very good quality that cost around $35-40, but are worth it, IMO.  I've had several cheaper loupes, but there are always distortions around the edges.  Neither the Nikon nor the B&L have any edge distortions- just crystal clear magnification. Supposedly the B&L is popular among geologists, but I don't know that for a fact. I do know I'd buy another in a heart beat were I to lose mine.

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    :censored:! [​IMG] Another toy... er, tool I gotta buy now.
     
  13. Codeman

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    Was it me? Again? :D ;D :p
     
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    This is really interesting. I have had to ask people to use their eyes to see some small things for me lately.
    I might need one of these one day.

    I know that for general tasks you could have too much magnification or to little.

    What do you guys find most usefull? Are there any good quality flat ones that might have both a 3x and a 10x or something in that range?
     
  15. Codeman

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    Jon,  I know I've seen several with multiple lenses, and I think Nikon makes one.  Personally, unless i'm looking at features that are smaller than 1/64", I find the 3X to be a good compromise with regards to overall usefulness.

    IMO, 10X is way too strong for anything other than looking at very fine details.
     
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    Is this the B&L 10x you have?
    http://eppescorner.safeshopper.com/13/202.htm?401

    This vendor has them on sale for $23.90.
     
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    Yes, and that is a great price! $34 was the cheapest I could find when I bought mine a year or so ago. I may have to pick up an extra at that price.