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Discussion in 'Show us pics of your EDC!' started by MinistryOfTruth, Jul 9, 2014.

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    Thanks! Nice of you to drop by Holliday!
     
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    Finally got around to buying a decent powerbank, 20k mAh so it's good for a few charges. I almost never need extra power unless im out on a walkabout or traveling so i wanted something that was good for more than one or two charges.

    It fits my old and sadly neglected Janus pouch (i'm not a fan of Mxp but that one is one of the few really good things they've made afaik) perfectly together with a plug and the cords it needs.
    I can carry it with decent protection and have the cord poke out. It's huge and heavy but worth the while since it'll only follow me to places where sockets are not.

    The shock cord holds the device and pocket together if need be
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    And here's the cord and the leds that display power ststus on the pb:

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    Mailday and Gearporn Monday is officially over for me now, fun to get some pics out there.

    Anyway, here's the Litespeed with the tier-straps attached. Wednesday i'm off to the air-soft milsim shop downtown, those guys sell shock-cord by the meter, i'm going to replace the paracord (i can understand why they chose it but it's not optimal) jacket-holder on top of the Litespeed.

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    Not very pretty maybe but they'll only get whipped on there if i need to chinch it up tight.

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    Buckles go on the sides to keep the front side free of clutter and possible snag-fests + i'll definetly need the admin pouch to ride outside with this config, there's plenty of room to attach it to the webbing like i usually, plus add one or two pouches up top for doodads and thingamajiggies.

    You might say:
    "MoT, why the gracious :censored:?!?! are you not using the transporter tail? It acts as compression and allows you to carry stuff in it and on it! Are you insane or just a moron?"
    My answer to this is:
    I am a card carrying member of both groups, thanks for noticing. Plus i HATE using the tail because of the faff. Unless i need it for something specific it just makes opening and closing the main comp a lot more tedious and fussy. All the fidgeting i go through before traveling with the Litespeed is a one-time thing.
    I want solutions that are set-and-forget as they say. If i reconfig this one it'll always be to fit my natural movements and reach.

    Sadly, the tail is exactly the opposite: set, open, take the wet jacket away and have something fall, open pack on one side only, dig akwardly, close, refit the wet jacket, close the tail, pull the cords.
    A two minute disassembly and reassembly just to get a scarf or a powerbar?
    No. Never. I'd rather be hungry until i have time to stop and initiate the sequence :)

    Ok, enough ranting for today.
    Here's a nice moneyshot as seen in this thread i seem to have hijacked :eek:

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    It's my current go-to bag for EDUse. Low profile and stylish, i almost look like all the other run-of-the-mill selfconscious hipsters that comprise the population this city. But, i look good and my kit is bombproof, theirs is equally expensive but pre-faded and faux-torn.
    They wear cotton and look at others with disdain, i rock wool and stay fresh and friendly.

    5k - out like a trout.
     
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    Hey nice EDC thread and gear musing MoT!

    +1 on the 5.11 Tier Straps!! Extremely versa for cordura loving maniacs.

    I could not agree more about the Janus pouch. It's a very intriguing pouch on many levels....... the verticle orientation of the pals webbing, front and rear open pass through for shoulder strap use, pen/flash light slot, ect. It's like a 'teflon dipped nylon enigma'.

    I'm just glad I got them before they switched to making them in Vietnam. The fit and finish on their older Legacy designs seems to have suffered since the Taiwan made MaxP era stuff. Oh well. Most may not notice. I'm good on max stuff. Moving on.....

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    Thanks RF! Nice of you to stop by, thanks for the love friend! Mi casa es su casa tio, anytime!

    Tier-straps are hugely underrated it seems, vendors i've asked about their stock where like "What? I'm not sure if we sell anything like that? Oh we do? Sounds pretty cool... "

    When i first got into EDC-gear i was all over Mxp stuff but the whole hardcore butchy man-toy mallninjutsu thing faded pretty quick. But i'm a cordura maniac for its properties and ruggedness mostly.

    LOL yes, you totally nailed it, Teflon Dipped Nylon Enigma is an apt description!
    It's a weird little puppy but i'm the kind of guy who always gets the runt of the litter because who else is going to take care of that one?
    With the charger+stuff it's a perfect marriage, maybe a few slik clips or something to jerry-rig a "charge while using" option, i'll get to tinkering when it's mailday again :)

    I've not tuched anything from Mxp since i got the Janus (mine is also from the good ol days i think) until the other day, ended up buying a phone pouch from this AGR line, looks civilian enough and does ok to carry fragile stuff but i'm not a fan.
    Mostly because of the whole debacle that happened between them and EDCF, i came on later but it was uncool enough to make me say "thats it".
    Feels like the edc community was something they look down on, they wanted to be worn by the coolest mercs and spec ops guys and not some swedish joker who uses their versipack to carry brushes and other tools for his craft. I think that if they have no love for people who adore their products ten they get none of my monies unless they outdo themselves completely.
     
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    Coffee house pocket dump, couldnt resist when i saw the table as a background.
     
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    Enjoying a cup as well at the moment....:smile_coffee:

    Is that a brass Hinderer Investigator tucked next to the knife?
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    I hate i'm going to bed right now because i want a cup and tomorrow is early rise. Have one for me if your tz allows for it

    GOOD EYE! Why yes it most definetly is! Brass Investigator sktting right next to the lovely 941 Osborne Benchy, THE Knife for me.
    Sure, i got others, but this one sees most time out and about.

    Are you a fan of the hinderer pens? Owner? Get one if you're serious about pens.
    Love that little thing. Official fidget toy, acupressure aid, snazzy handwriting, stylish looks and potentially useful if someone wants to kill me while i sign something (has as of yet not happened :D ). I know it is a weapon but what got me hooked was the hand feel and the way the weight gives a natural flair to curves. I know how i'd use it in some tricky stuff but i reall really wouldn't want my pen to get hurt.

    I've tried a couple of fountains and other really high end ballpoints before (200+ monies range) with great dissapointment. Most were all looks and not primary writingimplements. Tried the space bullet which was nice but the clip design is meh and the design is clever but fidgety.
    This one is a FINE writer and minimal fidget. Totally worth it.
    In brass tho, idk about the other ones. Any fancy stuff i like is brass, period :)

    I'm serious about pens man, i was ready to shell out for one of those fancy art nuveau/jugend joints parker or and that french brand i always forget had, pricy dont even get close to beaing near. I tried my natural and well practiced handstyle and it came out garbage (this happens once out 500, no joke) and the little foghers were a fuss even for some lighthanded shades or pulling floreal scrolls. No smoothness.
    That kind of pen should fly like a jet over any paper with correct handling and especially crap printer paper. Hearbroken i just put it down and said "first time a writing tool got the best of me" and the clerk got all smirky and asked if needed practice. "No sir, i can do well aligned casual, formal and neoromantic scripts ona brick with a screwdriver and make it look good, these cant even handle paper."
    Saw another finnish shop selling the hinderer in brass, got it with the full intention to throw it back at them in person if it didn't live up to standards and it just did all i want a pen to do, flying colors and no fuss.

    I've been eyeing the larger model but that's when and if i should loose this other little gem! Bigger ones look too conspicuous, this a 60$ pen topping the other straight up. Daily companion since i cant even remember.

    I'll do some patina shots whan i can, i've been thinking to just lightly buff the surfaces back up to shine and let the recesses stay patinating a little more.

    Before and after. I got some more brass to fixup around the house.
     
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    Current rotation of knives.
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    Benchie is my MDC and the other two depend. Seb25 and ZT301 do ruffer stuff.
     
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    Love the Hinderers! And In stainless it always reminded me of standard Imperial Issue, something off the Death Star. Ha ;)

    Nice folders sir! Stainless or black wash lately ...... yep, Love the Zt's. Nice change from the Spyderco's which i still enjoy.

    I posted the SS Investigator while back ....
    EDC writing instrument picture thread...

    RF
     
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    :rolleyes_revamped:Hope it was okay to post these pics in your EDC thread? Guess I forgot where I was for a moment. :]

    Concerning the refills in the Investigator...

    One thing that I found was that the Fisher Space Pen Refills-(Fine point) work better in terms of the writting angle. The medium point refills seems to drag and feel scratchy if held at certain off axis angle which happens more often than not. Strange but quite annoying. Examining the ball points on both med/fine refills I can see the difference.

    I do like the amount of ink the med's put out though, but just unable to use them much without having to concentrating on the proper angle. The fine refills do have a bit drier feel them. My favorite brand actually is the Rite in The Rain version due to the blacker color of the ink. Fisher brand refills have an ever so slight reddish hue to the black ink.

    I have been progressively swapping out the medium refills for fine ones in the pens that use the fisher space pen refill, starting with the Hinderer.

    Funny how one can really obsess about "pen minutia". Ha! Not saying it's a disorder or anything...
    :help:

    It does have its rewards though. ;)

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    Dude, if you're gonna post stuff like that i might yield the thread to you completely! No but seriously: you're at home here, post away and put your feet up!

    I had never thought of it being an imperial standard issue something but now i cant stop thinking it. Epic conncection and primo pen holder! I gots to get me a someone to hold mine, a little jawa maybe? I have a potential guardian for it coming in soon, i'll post up if it works out.

    Yes! Nice! Like the fisher tanks, it's the bullet whom i failed to see the subjective design flaw in before i bought it. Still, it makes a nice show and i dont mind giving it to a friend if they love it, nice spontaneous present.

    Rite in the rain has kept surprising me with their products, i'll try the refills you suggested and work from your notes. Fishers black is very red, if too dry it leaves like a sepiaish fade and that just looks like doodoo on most paper.
    Fisher blue however is wonderful. Deep yet clear, flows like magic. If i should rock a blue it'd be one of those.

    I havent changed tank on the investigator yet, it's bound to be time soon. For me the angle is good but maybe i hold mine differently? I'm near ambidextrous except for writing, total southpaw. I practice both but i was born a leftie.

    Oh man, pen minutiae is a pleasurable disorder. The worse it gets the less you spend on pens even, after you've tried most commonly available things and found a few good and like one or two faves the discovery is just for pleasure imo.

    Hey man, have you got a thread of your own? I wanna see your stuff. Your pokemans, show me them!
     
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    Thanks MoT! This side of the forum has a different vibe to for sure. Seems much more chill. I just might have to do a edc thread of my own. Guess it would be good to parse everything I've posted into one thread, instead of having it sink to bottom of the "EDC Forum Abyssal Plane".

    My Fisher Bullet was the first astro pen I bought out of curiosity. It has been seldom used and mostly stays in an admin pocket attach to a Moab 6 as a backup. I then found the Fisher X-750 - matte black. I much prefer them over the plain bullet. It feels better in the hand and has a traditional clip. Way more stylish too imho.

    After realizing the Fisher to Parker refill compatibility I made a Parker Stainless Steel Jotter Space Pen. Then I had to do the Zebra F701 Steel clicker Mod (replacing the f701 with the all steel m701 clicker ring). So now I have a few Zebra space pens.

    That's the fun part .....putting the mods and custom gear tweaks together and coming up with something special for your edc.

    RF
     
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    I've been eyeing the Extreme Duty Hinderers too. But it's not a huge priority at the moment as I've been feeding the cordua monster lately. He he
    :stomp:

    The brass ones will look awesome with that proposed patina.


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    Thank you RF! It kinda is imo too. I'm not much up to speed on the current mood of the boards, i've always enjoyed the idea of personal threads like the ones found in this sub worthwhile in a different manner.
    I strongly advise you to collect your postings and propone them to us as anthology or a "best of and remixes" collection. I'll be among your first followers, cross my heart!
    I think you've got a title in there too, like "Red Five's EDC Digital Abyss Exploration and Salvage" or something? But never mind, get a pics thread, we're all excited about it!

    The personal pics section is way organic.
    People stumble into somebodys EDC illustrated mindmap and amateur gearporn (pardon the crude likeness everyone, i've had more than a few and then some, i'm just a wordsmithy drunk) and all of a sudden i'm having an awesome convo with you about some of the best things in life.
    Love it!

    Whoa, i've missed out! A matte balck astro bullet with a proper clip? Boom!

    Parkers are a special thing. Got any pics at hand of those Jays and Zees? :yum!:

    Modding and figuring stuff out is the best part! I introduced my buddy to one of two local tac/cordura/airsoft/gear places today while i rummaged up a few molle addons and frankensteined my jungle-chopper onto my faithful Rush24. I can access it without taking the pack off and it can be dismantled within a minute, very proud of myself. Plus my enabl i mean friend and the store guy helped me figure out a few kinks too... pics will back this claim up within 24hrs :)

    They're pretty nice right? But the investigators have the razor edge imho, not that i've held an extreme duty yet but i have a feeling they cross over into kubotans with writing capacity as far as handling goes. Just an impression.

    Brass is like heroin. "Omg what have i done and can i have some more please?"
    I cannot stop raging about maratac discontinuing(?) their brass bodies. Worst thing is i gave a brass AAA one to her with a trit fob in a warm yellow tone and she hardly even uses it! The envy! If you have a brass and/or copper deficency, stay away from Franks thread btw, if you arent hooked yet there's no point in expanding the habit ;)
     
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    Ministry of Truth presents
    True Stories
    part 1
    Italian nursery rhyme translated:
    Once upon a time there was Turned-around Boat
    he revolved upside down on the stairs and didn't hurt himself.

    I cant for my life imagine why a person is called Turned-around Boat and how come he didnt injure himself or why on earth this rhyme is etched inside my mind. Upside down for real. Strangest thing.

    Anyway, here's something else thats upside down:

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    Cold Steel Jungle machete, 16" with a modded grind i found on the tube:
    20 degree edge close to the handle for finer cuts, kindling shaving grind on the spine in about the same position, improved factory angle (sligthly rounded for less bite and more penetrating chops) for regular bushwhacking on the rest. I keep it as sharp as possible.
    Intended use is for hiking/camping etc (saves me from bringing an axe AND a large knife) and gardening. This thing trims hedges, cuts dry and fresh branches with minimal smashing injuries to the flora.
    Steel is remarkably good and the stock is thicker than traditional models and brands. I'm not into the whole tactical machete or the kinda creepy "i want to slash into fresh chunks of meat like it is people" vibe CS gives off but this beast scored high on reviews and is affordable for the quality. I've looked at a lot of choppers and this one fits my ideas and training on how to use one perfectly. Percussive point is pretty much exactly where i want it, balance is good for a whipping or snappy grip (less fatigue and more power) and the handle works well with the gloves i use so slipping away is a minor risk if at all. There will be no juggling or live blade self defense training, experience has taught me to respect steel like it were fire :)

    The only problem is carrying it. The sheath is designed for belt carry and i would like to avoid having it slapping my thigh and feelinglike i'm some kind of swordsman. So i frankensteined a solution to carry it in a secure but accessible way on my backpack. Slightly more discrete and easily detachable, i can unsheath it without removing my pack and it keeps my gear contained.
    It could present a risk of injury if traversing rough ground: should i fall and slam into something it might come off and do some damage so it's not a 100% safe solution, but it's pretty much impossible that it should slide out from walking or navigating branches unless the snap buttons, turniquet holder, malice clips, compression straps and molle attachment on the mag pouch fails, it's constructed to handle one of them failing without presenting any risk of injury, i'll feel it come loose and slosh about.
    If i encounter such a terrain i'll secure it more tightly with some cord and a few straps, it'll take me a minute tops in the field to fix.

    Any ideas on how to secure it in a less accident aggravating manner are welcome :D
    keep in mind that the sheath has an open spine along 2/3 so anything below the upper compression strap has to clear the sheath or it might be damaged or cut when taking it out.

    Pics of the rigup parts below:

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    Bungy-type mag pouch from Snigel Design, took the fastener off as you can see.

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    TasTiger tourniquet(spelling?) holder for the belt loop extended into place with long malice clips (finally a good use for those) and lastly some sort of attachy-clip i use to keep the spine-strap of the sheath firmly attached to the pack, adds a ton of stability and eliminates all sloshing.


     
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    Mini-vacay at my friends house, officially i'm plant sitting but this weeks forecast predicts high risk of binges involving tv-shows and pizza, local torrential downpours of tasty beverages and i'm not allowed to drink their Bollingers(!!) if i dont replace them...
    Discovered their sofa-table has amazing photogenuity.

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    Also: i broke my patina taboo and took some autosol and a buffwheel to these two. The zippo looked horrible and the hinderer didnt really need it as much as i wanted to try to give the recesses a chance to catch up a little. It was sparkling at first but pocketing it for two sweaty days took it down a notch.

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    Right! Forgot to mention i found the Lil Lum again. It had mysteriously ended up in a box of xmas ornaments. Why? Because, thats why.
     
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    Brass at its best, bright n shiny. Alright! Congrats on reclaiming the lum.

    Worst edc experience = running your edc through the laundry!

    Best edc experience = discovering lost edc, and that it wasn't because you heard it clanking in the dryer!

    That Cold Steel mach is a beast! I'm sure you know what it can do. But I had to check out these youtube vids .... :eek:

    "Extreme abuse of water containers"

    "Cold Steel Demo - Is that 4" of solid bone?"

    TV, pizza and edc, now that's what I call a vacation! Better be some coffee in there somewhere.
    :smile_coffee:

    Fun stuff
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    Haha yes, i agree! I haven managed to machine wash anything yet (fingers crossed) but i have recovered three edc items that i had almost given up on and that feel is amazing.

    Oh you better believe it, i got some brewing on the stove as i write! It's exactly this kind of vacation i need. Plus i'm five minutes walk from wife and cats so we're all enjoying the downtime.

    I know right? Full on quiet beast is what it is, what sold me was when they use it flatsided to hammer in nails. Brutal! Plus it has very similar design and properties as the kung fu sabers i've studied over the years, sat like an old friend in my hand since moment 1, the techniques i've trained adapt nicely in the whole economy of movement and energy department so i'm happy as a clam with it!

    Sharpening is easy enough, came dull otb and it took some time to get the blade like i wanted it but edge retention is VERY nice, a little 5 minute tlc after a day of using it and it's shaving sharp again.
    As long as you have the right speed and let the choppers own weight give it a little whip in thd slash it goes through vegetation and most branches like nothing. If the first cut won't do i'll tap the spot with a few bouncing diagonal chops.

    CS machetes of this line with this steel are a catch at the price!
     
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