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EDC January 2018

All the EDC/pocket dump pics I took in January of 2018. 🙂

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Pipe clamp bench vise 1.0

Needed a good easy place to clamp some large pieces of wood to the bench to work them for an upcoming project.   Reminded me I’d wanted to build a traditional woodworkers bench side vise.. 

While digging around online, I found this concept on youtube. Not as traditional or elegant as the all wood single screw style I had in mind, but it’s easier, faster and would cost me nothing; perfect! 

Few feet of 2″x4″, some 1″x8″, some screws, and a set of pipe clamps I wasn’t using, and about 2 hours;

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After a few days on there, the front jaw board warped on me.  In its defense I ripped it down from a 12″ width, so it was used to haveing more support… 

Others building these are laminating up to about 2″ or 3″ thick, but I  figure I don’t need that stability, nor want to take the time for it now.  Now it seems I might have to just to stiffen it up. 

I then put a new face of oak on it. Should be more stable and warp less. Later I’ll laminate it up to 2 or 3 thicknesses if I need to. 

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I honestly don’t know how I ever got anything done before,  it’s so wonderfully handy to have!

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Victorinox Leatherman sheath fixed.

Finally remembered to fix the Leatherman sheath that I carried my Vic Spirit in. The Nylon one was working so well, I’d forgotten about it. 

Oil tanned leather strap scrap, and a few rivets. Was going to just restitch the top of the loop shorter, but the lower stitches didn’t look too swift. And no way I could stitch the bottom(OK, it IS possible, but I don’t have the patience or dexterity to do it).  Decided screw it, new loop piece, clear the stich holes with longer length and rivet it, a lot easier!

Light imprint on the loop where I over did the vice (too hard to get these rivets to seat without off setting/bending over with the hammer and punch made for them, so I always just vice press them). It doesn’t show, and I wouldn’t care if it did… 

Forgot about the front snap  (whoops! )when I did them, crimped one spot on its edge. Still works fine… if it messes up latet4, I can replace it no big deal. 

Categories: Custom, Damages, EDC, Fabrication, Leather, Multitools, Sheaths, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Single Cell CR123 Flashlights

Put this together last week for a thread at EDCC about single cell CR123 lights, just realized I should put it here too. 🙂 

My most used(also oldest) and favorite of my three single cr123 lights, has to be my Jetbeam BC10. Simple two modes, (no freaking strobes) perfect for averages spaces on low, and while its a moderately low turbo mode for these days, it’s eye shattering enough for pitch black times. 

This light is just bombproof, and comes back for more! 

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Next up is the Rofis JR10, with what has to be oneof the coolest light features this decade, the infinite angle head, which I love for hands free lighting. 4 modes from comfortable in small spaces, to eye splitting in almost any space, almost always plenty of light. Love the mode memory, No strobes, and fast easy side switch to change modes. 

It loses a couple points for its length to carry, and weight– both from the longer rotating head. (And maybe the custom brass body 😉 ) But all three of these get carbine red more than pocket clipped anyway, this one being the only one I pocket carry, and it is OK that way. 

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The third is my custom built Solarforce L2M withthe 1xCell body tube. 3 modes, reverse cycle orderis hard to remember after other lights, h-m-l, but it’s a good range. Once again, love no strobes! This is my extreme cold, big and easy to grip with heavy gloves light, doesn’t get carried many other times, it’s just so Huge for the average day, and forget pocket clip carry! Wider floody beam probablyhelps make up for it, but I never notice…

Also love caribiner carry, with that sith like evilchrome bezel on it, I always feel like I’m packing a lightsaber around!

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EDC, Several years in review.

I tend to do these comparisons about this time every year or so and for a while I was doing them every 3 and 6 months.. I tend to try for a pocket dump from the same date, a year off, or same day of the month… 

I could post a lot of older comparisons, but for simplicinty, I’ll do Mid november, closest date possible, last few years.. 

For fun though;
Summer 2007;

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January 2008;

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Ok, so, Thanksgiving week, more or less;

Closest I can get for 2012 is in September, the 27th. Didn’t get into pocket dumps till after that, the next summer.. Ironically I think my most progression was in late 2012 and mid to late 2013… so doing a comparison for this time of year misses some progression. 

Anyway;

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Nov 23rd 2013;

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Nov 23rd 2017

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November 20th, 2014;

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Nov 20th 2015;

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Nov 21st 2015;

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Nov 21st 2017;

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Nov 22nd 2017;

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Nov 24th 2014;

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Nov 24th 2015;

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Nov 24th 2017;

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Nov 28th 2015;

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Nov 27th 2016;

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Thrunite TH20 Headlamp 

I use a headlamp A LOT. They’re worth their weight in gold for most forms of mechanical and automotive work, and a lot of maintenance and carpentry too.  

Dimly lit places where you need both hands free abound in most of the work, and play that I do.

It’s also dark 1/2 to 3/4 of the day for a good 6 months out of the year here.  I never go anywhere without a flashlight year round. But in the winter I never go without a headlamp as well.  I really do get that much use from one in general,  and I’ve found that 9 out of 10 emergencies/mishaps/adventures happen in the dark. 

 I decided after my moose hunting trip this year that I needed a newer, brighter headlamp.  The one I have works great, and has for about 10 years now. It’s bright enough and has taken anything I’ve thrown at it. 

But compared to what the other guys were using, it’s a candle to a locomotive!   LEDs have progressed a lot in the last decade, and this light was the older style bubble LED lamps, the older tech when I got it.  

On the highest mode out of three, it’s a good 50 lumens at the most.  Enough for general work in pitch black, but at dusk it leaves a little to be desired. And sometimes more light is simply better in the deepest dark. 

So, I did some digging, research, and browsing but didn’t really get anywhere.  

Figured I’d post a thread @ the edc community forum soon, and ask for recamendations.   

I never got that far. 

In one guys thread a couple weeks later, he posted his new headlamp.  Two friends started asking questions about it, both also looking for something new. Within a few days they’d ordered theirs.   They both loved them. 

3 glowing reviews, and a feature set I liked, I couldn’t go wrong, I went ahead and ordered it!

Box contents;

With my older Browning light;

The specs on the Thrunite TH20;

Firely mode 0.3 lumen

Infinity low; 1.6 lumens

Infinity high; 230 lumens

Turbo high on an alkaline or Ni-MH AA; 250 lumens

Turbo high on an lithium ion 14500 rechargeable “AA”; 520 lumens (!)

The light is aluminum housed, and runs on a single AA cell, or a rechargeable 14500 cell. 

Now, you might be asking “what’s infinity mode?”  Put simply, the light doesn’t have previously set brightness levels for normal use. It has one main mode, and an infinite adjustment within it.  Lowest is 1.6 lum, highest is 230. 

 Press and hold the switch and it slowly ramps up through the range, simply stop at the level of light you want!

Operation is simple. 

From Off, long press to get the firefly 0.3 lum mode. Regular press to turn off.

Also from Off, regular press goes to infinity mode, and the memory puts it at the last used brightness (so you don’t have to re-adjust it every time). 

Long press in infinity mode ramps up till you stop. Next long press ramps down, and alternates every press.   Regular press to turn it off.

Fast double click from any mode gets Turbo. Double click from turbo gets you SOS flash. Regular press to turn off.

I really like the infinite adjuster! I can get just the light I want, and it’s easy to go up or down.  Sometimes preset modes are either too bright or too dim, depending on where you are, what reflects the light etc. This I can adjust easily,  up or down as needed. 

I gained some durability with aluminum over plastic (although the plastic has never been any trouble even in rough use, and extreme temperatures).  

It turns out just slightly heavier than the other light, being AA and metal, but the other is 3 AAAs which are the same or more bulk, and it was bigger overall.. It evens out very well between them. 

The Browning has a pad on the back for against the head, while the TH20 is rubber mounted, no pad, but just as comfortable.  

The Browning has 3 click set angle adjustments. The TH20 is an infinite angle, set simply by rotating it in the rubber holder. 

The Browning has a very “cool” light output, an blue tint.  A tint that bothered me at first, but I got used to it, hadn’t really noticed it for years.    The TH20 comes in either a warm, or cool tint emiter, your choice. I chose the warmer, more yellow, natural light tint, since I prefer not to have the blue tint whenever possible. 

One big gain is the change to one battery. AAAs are easy to find in general,  but if your scrounging them in an emergency finding three of them can be a pain. Most devices that take them only run two.   

Finding a single AA on the other hand is relatively easy! They are more common, and like AAAs, most devices run on two of them. 

Lots of subtle differences,  but all gains.

I have the infinity mode set at about the same light level, or a little brighter than high on the Browning, which was my most used mode. I’d guess around 50 or 60 lumens… It’s a distinctive jump to Turbo, but dimmer than 100 lum.   

Update; December 23 2017;

At first, when I first wrote this, I was running it on an Energizer Ni-MH rechargeable AA cell, the same voltage as a alkaline AA. Then the turbo was only 250 lumens.  Honesty,  enough light for 99.9% of anything, but to me it seemed rediculous to have capabilities I couldn’t use. And I just wanted more light. 😉  

So I ordered a single Olight brand 14500 cell, and a simple USB charger also from Olight.  Output on turbo is now extreme! And great if you need, or just want it. 🙂 

Review of the battery and charger coming soon. 

Overall, I’m extremely pleased.  An excellent light, especially for its cost. I’d have paid a lot more for the quality, build, and features. This is only a $30 light! 

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-th20-high-output-and-light-weight-aa-battery-led-headlamp/

Categories: EDC, Flashlights, New Gear, Outdoors, Uncategorized

EDC mid Sept. to mid Oct. ’17

Misc pocket dump pic I’ve taken.

Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, Uncategorized

Mud anyone? 

So, for the record, Yes, I do ride the thing, not just build stuff on it! 😉😎👍
Had to go out and test the new mud flap, and make up for my Saturday(had planned a day of riding,  but ended up going to help some friends with a few things instead).

The new rear mud flap works great, just as well as the stock one on the other side, which really is pretty good!

On the other hand, the front tires throw a LOT up past the sides of the fenders. Especially at full bore in deep muck! Front fenders need fender flares, or mud flap extensions… something.  

But, had a lot of fun, even if it was Messy! 😉

really amazes me what this thing Will go through!  Most reviews from when these wheelers came out have them as underpowered for their size/weight. 

But I’ve found it to have a LOT of power! Specs compared it has more bottom end power than the old Bayou 300s, and 400s, and those would crawl through almost anything as long as you had ground clearance to do it… This one’s the same, I’ve yet to completely bog the wheels down to where they won’t turn!

This was after the first big mud hole I found that I couldn’t get through.. Couldn’t go through it forward, got high centered, then couldn’t back out. Had to rock it and crank the steering around a lot to get traction for a slow 4′ backwards before it wouldnt go any more.

 Still had great traction foreward, did that routine 3 times, before I drove it up over the ruts sideways, with a 4 point turn across the ruts, and back out the way I came.. So I wasn’t ever really “stuck” . 

Guess I should have zipped that revolver all the way in… 

stopped to see a friend close by for a while, then I tried that hole again on the way home… Straddled the ruts this time and powered right through. 

This is about 1/4 mile firther down that trail. REALLY stuck this time, high centered and deeper ruts so I couldnt rock it enough to grab traction and pull out.

What I’d just been through… 

For the most part burried, just barely over the floor boards, 3/4? Way up the tires. 

After I finally let the wheel spin stop, I almost couldn’t get them to turn again! Stuff was thick and gloppy, had great suction to it. BUT I did say almost! Motor is torquey! (The front locker doesn’t hurt! 😉 )

After I winched it out. 

And you thought the front of it was muddy in the pics up top from the first spot! Ha! 

Made the 3 hours I spent earlier in the day re-wiring the winches with new contactors, a new switch, really routing wires etc. All worth it!! 😉😆😎👍👌👌 (more on the wiring job later!)
It’s actually funny, I’ve had the front winch on it over a year, year and a half, and I’ve never used it. Get the rear one on less than a month ago, and I already had use of it. 😆

Of course, if it wasn’t for having just fixed both winches, and knowing I had them to get me out, I’d have never been on that trail trying my luck at those boggy areas. 🙂

Bonuses;

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I’ll have to go try that spot again sometime soon, when it isn’t late(was 930ish pm) and raining… When I can try it a few times in a row. 

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