Flashlights

Spring time catch up.

Been a while. It’s either been a lot going on with no time to post, or I’ve been sick as hell(flu, twice through, laid out for 3 weeks, then almost gone, got too cold working, relapsed, and now running into 6 weeks total) and literally Nothing going on to post about. 

Anyway, here is a random slew of pics from the last couple months.

Moon and Venus.


My first day out snowshoeing.



Recent knives used and the books I was reading that week.(for a forum thread)


Dads stainless handle Sabre jack knife that lives in the den, which is currently the reloading room.


Case hobo and an Alaskan cookbook

225 grain LWN (long wide nose) hard cast .41 caliber bullets I ordered from GTBullets.  100 lubed and sized for $13, even with $6 shipping, it’s almost cheaper than I could cast my own.. And is considering I can’t afford the mould right now! πŸ˜‰  


Cleaning up an old Schrade USA stockman, a 8OT , that a friend gave me last summer.



Knives and guns, notable pairs, (for a forum thread )

My Beretta. 45, that I’ve now amazingly had for 10.5 years! And the custom Andy Sharpe coffin fighter that it’s come to live with. I rarely ever carry one without the other.


My Mom’s Liberty Mustang .22 and Dad’s Case peanut.


Most sentimental pairing; my Ruger Security Six 357 mag. Which has belonged to both my older brothers,  and my Dad before me. With Dad’s Western brand hunting knife. 

New stuff, second week of March, my takes from the EDCC (edccommunity.com) passaround box.


Old style finned bomb shaped beads are a fad right now, had some shop time so I tried one. LOTS of work to get the rounded nose, and fins. Had to freehand the cutters on the curve, and lots of file work off the lathe. Too time intensive to make many of them, but I might still..


A slew of pocket dumps, in mostly cronological order, late Jan. to now. 



On my knees in a sniw bank digging out firewood at 0F or 10F. Something like that. Proof that I wear my guns working, they’re not babied. (Much.. πŸ˜‰ )




Simple day last week, hour or two after dark working on firewood. Headlamp and the bluetooth speaker did constant duty… I zip the speaker into a mid layer pocket, hit Google Play, usually Springsteen,  and have music wherever I am while working. 

Yesterday’s carry, 3-15-17, an outside day. been cooped up sick, wanted to get out and work for a while, puttered around with a few projects (most of which involved shoveling snow!). 


Cousins. Both old used and worn, but great Schrade USA stockmans. Large 8OT, and medium 34OT. 


My Titanium Eng1nerd Prangler  (mash up of key dangler and pry bar) is getting some great coppery brass colored wear stripes in its anodizing. The things that swing and rub on it are brass and it sort of burnished onto the area as it rubs. 

And, more of 3-15-17… got the sled out for a bit.And found out how out of practice I am… Was stuck a total of three times! Oi.  Thankfully all within ~100 yards max from the house! God is good to me!


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Friday the 13th EDC.Β 

My carry for a possible snowstorm, and a birthday party some friends threw for my Mom. 

I apparently felt a little Blue yesterday πŸ˜‰ I need a blue 550 bracelet, multitool, and flashlight to round it out… lol. 

  • Pheonix Hanx (formerly HeartHanks) blue stained glass “take me to church” hank. 
  • Case Cutlery Navy blue Muskrat. 
  • Bullet  Space Pen.
  • Leatherman Wingman. 
  • Cerelean blue diamond plate Zippo. 
  • vintage Marlboro moneyclip.
  • AMW 550/leather bracelet.
  • Jetbeam BC10.
  • Seiko “5” automatic.
  • Custom copper tags/AMW tag & beads.
  • Write Notepads & Co. Royal Blue limited edition notebook.
Categories: Adventure Metal Works, Adventures, Alaska-Life, Beads, copper, cordage/550, Custom, Daily-cary-log, EDC, Flashlights, Hanks, knives, Lighters, Multitools, Notebooks, Outdoors, Pens, Sentimental, Watches, Winter

Most carried, Β most used item.

​Most of you will remember that my most used carry item is a flashlight, far exceeding all others, even a knife. 


Not surprising since it’s dark a LOT here in the winter, which is basically 7 months of the year, (3 hours and 40 min of daylight yesterday!) And add to that my work always has datk, dim, shadowed, odd little nooks and cranies to see into… and my eyes aren’t what they used to be, I seem to need more light in general these days. 

Anyway, I need to fess up.
There is an item I religiously carry everyday in the fall through spring, basically once I gain a jacket to easily carry it, which coincides with Dark nights… 

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I’ve had that headlines for about 8 years now, and love it! I’d say it’s maybe 100 lumens on high with all three leds going. Not a lot, but it’s enough in the pitch black outside. 

I’ve worn it working construction, doing yard work, shoveling, plowing, daily my Dane tasks like hauling groceries in, or getting firewood in. (Every evening for the past two weeks in fact!) It’s been worn snowmobiling, atving, hiking. It’s been used when I’m broke down, stuck. Or when others are broke down or stuck… It’s even been a room light during power outages. From fall 60F to record setting -65F it’s taken it all


It really is a life saver, worth it’s weight in gold. 

One of the greatest Christmas presents I’ve ever gotten. Mom got it for me that year after I asked for one. I wanted a Petzl, that’s what was available locally, so figured I’d get it… She ordered this from our favorite outfitter, Cabelas. I had deffinate reservations about the brand and led style, fjgured it a cheap off the wall item with a brand name slapped on it, would be dim and useless. Boy was I wrong! 

Before I got it that Christmas, I figured I wouldn’t be getting one, so bought myself the Petzl… 

I’ve used the Petzl maybe 4 times! The Browning is brighter, better modes. Ironically, mom ended up with the other one thus last winter when we had the big power outages.

It’s been basically bullet proof for the 8 years, still looks and works as new.

For most of the year, it’s, if not my most carried, most used item, it’s in the top two!

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Cabelas, Daily-cary-log, EDC, EDC/MT use, Flashlights, Life-Philosophy, Sentimental, Theory/Thoughts, Winter

Mail call!

​Mail call a couple days ago from my Secret Santa on edccommunity.com forums! A outdoors PSK(pocket survival kit) from Gerber, a nifty multitool spork, a waterproof gear case, and a freaking bright 2xaaa flashlight marked Bushnell. 

THANKS SANTA! Whoever you are! 😆😎🙌👍👍✌👌

 

Categories: Flashlights, Multitools, New Gear, Sentimental

4/28/16 and 4/29/16 EDCs.

Yesterday’s EDC pocket dump from around town running errands. (Mostly buying hardware for the next step in ATV winch installation. 😆 )

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And this was Thursdays’ carry for my ATV wiring adventure ☺;

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And, the item that got the most use all day;  Eagletac Ti lights Rock! Anyway, this one does!

(Can someone tell me; does this next line show up as smilies? ? )

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The Case cutlery mini trapper and the Victorinox Spirit got a lot of use too, but not near what the flashlight did!

Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, EDC/MT use, Flashlights

Some new toys.

To go with my phone.

Bluetooth earbuds, and a solar panel back up battery/charger.

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The earbuds were the second to cheapest thing on ebay… real scietific choice, right? πŸ˜‰ For sub $10 shipped, I figured I couldn’t really go wrong. They work great too, fantastic range, and great sound. On’y issue I have is that the smallest of the three rubber tip sies is still a bit big. I’ll be stealing the ones I really like off of my Nook buds, hopefully they’ll fit the Bluedio speaker nubs..

I started to get a solar backup battery that I saw on Instagram… but googling for their site I found the same thing, same capacity etc somewhere esle for less than half the cost. No brainer πŸ˜‰

I’d been wanting a backup for my woods trips, where I use the phone in GPS lock for mapping, distance tracking etc, and obviously for a camera. But GPS EATS battery power. A couple hours hiking can eat 75% of a full battery on GPS mapping. Dead phone for the rest of the day is a pain in the butt, especially if you actually do have signal, and might need it for emergency use.

So a backup battery to carry is a great idea; A solar charged one even better, theoretically giving infinate re-charges on extended trips away from power.

It charges by solar panel, or micro USB input, and has two USB outputs to charge two devices at the same time. So far so good, although I have yet to carge anything from it.

It charges by solar automatically, I find it laying randomly in the truck or at the house with the charge light on, even under artificial light!  I even found that it will charge from the light of my BC10 flashlight!

The power loss has to be epic there, going from a LiFePO4 rechargable CR123 out at 320 lumens, into the solar panel and back into a battery… But I guess it is nice to know that at some point I could get device power from the light… maybe.(I doubt it honestly… I’d bet that the loss is so much that you could run the CR123 dead and not get enough power into the other battery to power on my cellphone. I’ll have to try it some time.)

 

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Another nifty feature, a built in LED light;

 

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Its not much, but in an emergency, when your going to backup poser supplies to begin with, ANY light source can be a God sent blessing!

 

Categories: Electronics/Media, Flashlights, New Gear, Outdoors

Some of last weeks changes…

Watches changed for different work days; COuldn’t wear my solarCitixens for days with arc welding πŸ˜‰

And one day I think I needed more light… or maybe the Ti Eagle tac was dead… can’t remember,but I carried the Rofis Jr10 for a couple days.

 

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Categories: Daily-cary-log, Flashlights, Watches

A little light change up for Sunday…

IF I go anywhere today, this will be it… a few fun changes for the day.  The IF being that I’m Dead tired… can’t get any rest lately and its really wearing on me… At least one day to not have to go anywhere or work for anyone would be nice.

 

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Knife is a Bear MGC trapper with carbon damascus blades, in custom moose antler scales, and custom stippling/texturing.(by me, once upon a time..)

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