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  1. so i have been carrying a streamlight microstream for several years now, and while i love the light, i am looking for something with a higher output. the best thing about the microstream is it is extremely small and light. downside is the power. I have always been someone that prefers the standard AA and AAA battery lights to the CR 123s. mostly for simplicity's sake and in keeping things standard. i also prefer AA and AAAs due to their wide availability. a light wont do me much good if the batteru dies and i cant get another. That said, i am not wholly opposed to CR 123 lights. this is to be an EDC light, and for that, I require a pocket clip. preferably one that carrys somewhat deep. that is really about the only true requirement is have. i also do prefer a tail switch there are a few ive been looking at recently. the fenix LD12 http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-Compact-Flashlight-Battery-LumenTac/dp/B00C31G24M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439487121&sr=8-1&keywords=fenix+ld12 the fenix LD02 http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-LD02-Flashlight-battery-Tactical/dp/B00SGT1H3Q/ref=pd_sim_469_15?ie=UTF8&refRID=0ZPJCF20G51XPRPJ5DK7 the thrunite T10 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JZOZBBK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2C6PNVCN407SP now i do not have experience with either of these, but i have heard good things. unfortunately, i am not nearly as knowledgeable on lights as i am with knives, but thats why im asking the question. i dont require a trillion lumens, but i would like something with a little more power if anyone has experience with either of these, or has any other lights they really enjoy for EDC, i would love some opinions. Thank you,
  2. i recently went on a trip to san franciso and was very limited in what i could take with me. for starters, i was flying there. so you have all of those limitations that go along with air travel right from the start. to compound that, we took only carry on luggage, so that further limited what i could bring with me, since while you can have a blade in checked baggage, they are a no go in carry ons. obviously i was still able to wear my watch and paracord bracelet. and i was able to take my flashlight, but i am the type that feels almost naked when i do not have a good pocket knife on me. i have carrying on most of my life and use them very frequently. my question for you is how do you deal with prepping and EDC when you are on the go? driving is a completely different story as i already have a small bag in my car and carrying whatever i may need is not an issue, but how do you manage when you are forced to fly? im really just trying to brainstorm a bit so that next time i need to fly, i can have a few ideas on how i can maintain my preparedness while i am away. we all know that issues can crop up at anytime. and in my experience, issues will tend to compound themselves when you are outside of your comfort zone (as in say, out of town or on vacation). anyone have any thoughts or wish to share their own experiences? curious how others go about maintaining their preparedness when they are out of town.
  3. well said. sometimes you just find yourself in a situation where having you gear ( a knife in particular) just isnt feasible. I too have snuck items into areas where strictly speaking they were not allowed, but sometimes the legal ramifications just arent worth the risk now that you mention it, i often find myself pseudo scavenging. im always looking around just to see whats there. even when im at work walking around a job site, im always sizing things up and thinking how it could be useful. even when i do have all of my standard stuff on hand.
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    Ordering a second of the same knife?

    if i like a blade enough i will definitely buy a spare if it is an option. i think in part it comes from the prepper in me. i always like having a backup plan. i like having a spare in the unlikely event that i lose or break one. or sometimes i just like it so much i have to have a second. my profile picture is a good example of this. the knives pictured are 2 each benchmade 940-121 gold class, and 2 each 940Ti (my personal grail knife). i absolutely love 940 and have 21 total at this point ranging from basic stock 940s to extremely limited edition versions.
  5. i have a pretty sizable collection at this point. probably somewhere between 100-150. not really sure as the number is constantly fluctuating. i am a benchmade fan so a large portion of my collection is from them. i have everything ranging from regular production beater type knives to a gold class that are now worth a few grand. i tend to go mostly for folders in general. for fixed blades, i really tend to go for pure function vs flash whereas with folder, i go for both. i do not go for benchmades exclusively though. i have a handfull of spydercos and ZTs that i really love as well. i am just more picky with them as i tend to either really love or really dislike their designs. i have a few microtech OTFs, a bunch of Bradley alias' and 2 Chris Reeve Sebenzas i like to both collect and carry. recently i have gotten into Brad Southard midtechs. while they are certainly not cheap, but they are absolutely some of the nicest knives i own. i carry them frequently and they are excellent. doesnt hurt that they look awesome as well below are a few pictures of my southards. the first is a Tolk and is my newest. very awesome knife. but the one i carry the most is the Avo. it is a bit smaller than the tolk, but for me this knife is just about perfect. the last pic is a pretty standard EDC rotation. i carry the benchmade 940-1 every day regardless of what else i have on me. i just love knives. i always have. my tastes have refined over the years but in general, i just like quality. i dont tend to put my trust in cheap materials or construction. i have a few showy art type blades that i dont really carry (not much reason to muss up a $1000 blade when i have other more user friendly options of the same model) but in general i buy knives i can use as well as admire
  6. i have one of each and i would have to say that i prefer the delica. i just falls more in line with what i prefer in an EDC blade size wise. the endura is a great knife that i enjoy quite a bit, but it is a bit larger than what i like to carry. if i were going out in the woods and had to choose one, the endura would be the choice for that, but in general it is more blade than i require for daily carry. the delica is super light weight, nice and sturdy and very useful. though it isnt dirt cheap, it is a very solid choice for someone looking to get a good EDC blade without breaking the bank
  7. they are great. i bought them second hand, but they were made by igor. he is a custom scale maker from russia. if you search 'griptilian scales by igor' you will find him. he makes some cool stuff
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    leatherman signal

    anybody else seen this thing? a leatherman billed towards survival. i just got an email that they are now available curious what others thought about it. seems interesting. i really like leatherman in general. although i still feel like id personally prefer simply building my own kit around a leatherman wave (my favorite). but this thing looks like it could have potential. depending on how the ferro rod and sharpener perform. http://www.leatherman.com/signal-439.html?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Image+-+Shop+Signal&utm_content=Never+be+unprepared.+The+Signal+is+here.&utm_campaign=150922_signal&_bta_tid=3.cL8.CNIOqQ.EyEh.Af-zNA..AxPVjA.s..s.Afh9.n...SMkCxQ&_bta_c=1cxkkfx3n5971hs9llvbg1ok01ldd i have a MUT as well and while it is interesting, i feel like it is a little too specialized. i definitely prefer the more standard use tools on the wave. what do you guys think?
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    looking for a new EDC light

    id be interested in what you think of it. i believe it is twist only which is a little disappointing. id buy it in a second if it had a tail switch.
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    Your daily prep?

    my daily prep is to get on the bike and go for a few miles. i do try to check my gear pretty frequently, but i dont have a set schedule. usually just when i have some time. i try and exercise as often as i can though since maintaining your own health is one of the more important things you can do to be prepared
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    looking for a new EDC light

    i am a big fan of titanium. very light and super strong. it can be pricey, although in this case i got a deal and the TI was the same price as the SS model. couldnt say no
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    looking for a new EDC light

    exactly. i dont mind it if it is presented as their initial impressions. but i frequently see people unbox something for the first time and then attempt to give a true review straight away. that makes no sense to me. i dont know how you can confidently make a judgement on something youve never used before
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    Wishlist Wants

    Brad Southard Tolk. gotta get one of these sometime
  14. new knife and light. Thrunite T10T and a Brad Southard Avo along with the Benchmade 940-1 (never leaves my side) i am in love with this southard. its like he molded the scales to fit my hand. it is perfect. i dont see my EDC blades changing any time soon
  15. the Brad Southard Avo. absolutely love this thing
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    EDC pays off

    i dont carry a p-38, but i always have a victorinox cadet or a leatherman on me, so a can opener is always available. its kind of startling how many people have never actually used a p38 or a multitool style can opener.
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    looking for a new EDC light

    it is very compact and very well designed. i tend to try and keep my EDC as light weight and unobtrusive as possible. this was a good find. i honestly cant tell that i have it in my pocket, and the clip holds it very secure. i dont know flashlights nearly as well as i know knives, but sometimes that kind of review isnt such a bad thing. im looking at it purely from a form and function perspective rather than based purely on technical specs. those numbers are useful, but they dont always tell you how an item performs and whether it is worth the cost. particularly to other people who arent experts. ill have to take a few minutes some time and put together a more comprehensive review. i wanted to get some pocket time and use on the light before i endorsed it though. i never got those reviews from people who just took something out of the box. at that point you cant really say anything much more meaningful that how it feels and if you like the looks. pretty worthless IMO
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    EDC pays off

    putting together a solid set of EDC items was one of the best things i ever did. i couldnt even tell you the countless times that it has come in handy. it doesnt always have to be a life or death thing. simply having something that you need or want right on hand rather than having to go out of your way to get it is great.
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    looking for a new EDC light

    i actually decided on the thrunite T10T. i am planning to do a quick review with it sometime soon now that i have carried the light for a while. i may still pick up a fenix to give it a try, but it is going to take something special to supplant this thing from my EDC rotation it is almost exactly what i wanted. small and slim, 1AA battery, solid output, useful modes (i have no need for SOS on my EDC light), and a good pocket clip. the clip is securely screwed on, and has retention very similar to a knife. i have no fear of this falling out of my pocket like i did with some other lights the only thing i dont like about it is that the light does not turn on until the tail switch is filly pressed and released. so no tactical momentary on. but as this is not at all intended for any sort of tactical use, it is a relatively minor issue. everything else about the light is excellent.
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    Leatherman Wingman

    i definitely agree. i always got a laugh out of things like unboxing video reviews. how the heck can you competently review something you are just holding for the first time? initial impressions? sure. but you cant offer too much beyond that
  21. definitely agree on this. any knowledge that you can gain. any skills you can learn are all hugely important. even if they are very basic, they are better than nothing.
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    Leatherman Wingman

    great review. makes me want to review some of the tools/knives i use on a regular basis
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    B.O.B. Knives

    exactly. i have a few knives that i got for under $30 that id do just fine with. they dont have all the bells and whistles and you wont get the top notch materials, but that doesnt mean it has to be junk either. ive been collecting knives for most of my life. i mainly collect folders but i have my share of fixed blades too. but you dont have to be an expert or anything to do a bit of research and figure out whether something is junk or not. its really easy with the internet. people are quick to report how spectacularly something failed, so if something doesnt cut it, it'll likely be common knowledge before too long
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    B.O.B. Knives

    what blades are you trusting with your life should it ever come to it? top to bottom: Cold Steel SRK w/ VG-1 San Mai III steel Kabar BK 14 Eskabar Benchmade 551 Griptilian the SRK is my main blade. this thing is a tank. has performed extremely well in every task ive done with it. holds up extremely well, and is easy to maintain. really really like this knife the eskabar is my quick access blade. i have it strapped vertically on my left shoulder strap on my backpack. super light, not a large knife, but a lot of knife for the weight. great collaboration between kabar and esee, bringing together the best parts of the esee izula, and the becker necker. great little knife the benchmade is in my admin compartment. as i will most definitely have a pocket knife in my pocket when/ if i have to grab my go bag, this is all about backup. sturdy knife that has always served me well. the one pictured has been used minimally. mostly because it stays in the bag (doesnt do much good if it isnt in there when you need the bag). i have other griptilians though that i have used extensively, so i know what it is capable of. i i believe i also might have a mora Companion HD stuffed in the bottom of the bag. cant remember if i took it out to put in another kit of not. i also have a leatherman wave multitool in the bag. that would be an absolute last resort blade however now i know i am pretty blade heavy, but i have a few reasons for this. most of the other people in my life are not really into the whole preparedness idea. the knives i have chosen (aside from the SRK) are all quite light, so they do not weigh me down. i like the idea of being able to hand off a blade to a companion/loved on for them to use, while not compromising myself. i also tend to really subscribe to the mantra "2 is 1, and 1 is none" i believe that whole heartedly. especially when it comes to my cutting tool, fire, and water One of these days im going to break down my whole kit and post some pictures. i always like seeing what other people have come up with, getting new ideas and what not SO.... what do y'all got? id love to see some pictures. doesnt have to be just knives either. any gear is welcome
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    B.O.B. Knives

    i have found a few things that have been laughably bad. and also a few things that surprised me a little. but in general, ive found that you get what you pay for. it is especially true for a knife. as critical a tool as a knife is, i just cant bring myself to go cheap. and when i say cheap, i refer more to quality rather than price tag. there are quite a lot of great options out there that can be had for a pretty decent price. for my definition of cheap, i will refer people to the following video entitled 'how to sharpen chinese steel' sharpening.mp4
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