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#53276 - 11/08/05 11:00 PM Re: am I missing Leatherman's point?
groo Offline

Registered: 11/02/03
Posts: 722
Loc: Florida
Bag of tricks? What else have you got in there? C'mon... dump it out right here and let's have a look...

<img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

#53277 - 11/09/05 12:17 AM I chose SOG
Dreadnought Offline

Registered: 09/13/05
Posts: 31
Loc: Pennsylvania
I passed on a wave and purchased a SOG power lock at wally world for $50. and am very pleased with it. I feel the SOG is very underated and I seldom see anything much mentioned about them.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" : Theodore Roosevelt c.1899

#53278 - 11/09/05 12:52 AM Re: am I missing Leatherman's point?
ironraven Offline
Cranky Geek
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
A lot? LOL

The bag of tricks has been here before, but it has changed a little, so why not? It is a SpecOps Pack-Rat that gets dropped into whatever bag or pack I have for the day, along with a water bottle.

-SAK, not sure of the model
-Leatherman Squirt EL
-Minimaglite, fiber optic adaptor
-Garrety electronic lightstick, red
-DocAllen VersaTool, w/ about 2 dozen bits and a dozen sockets
-micro needle file set
-precision screw driver set, with added 1/16" drill bit
-pin vise drill set w/ a sewing machine needle for a sewing awl, 2 normal sewing needles
-black and white thread rapped around bits of carboard, a couple of buttons, large and small safety pins
-zip ties in various sizes and colors
-twist ties
-6 AAs, 4 AAAs, 2 CR123s, spare Maglite Solitaire bulb, spare Streamlight TwinTask 1L bulb
-bandaids, alcohal wipes, 2x2 pads
-red, black electrician's tape wrapped around tube with jumpers, drive and case screws
-duct tape rewound around popsicle stick
-diagnal wire cutters
-insulated electrical wire, various colors, gauges and lengths, spare resistors and other similiar flotsam
-rubber bands
-paper clips
-5 small binder clips
-bic lighter
-5x24" paracord core lines
-24" gutted paracord
-6' ungutted paracord
-aluminum foil, folded flat and tight
-zipper bags, 2x3, 3x4, sandwich sizes, one gallon size (to put packrat into in heavy wet)
-2 mini keychain biners
-shoulder strap of 3 doubled 12" lengths of paracord (nice flat braid, very comfy)
-TI-83 calculator, 4 laminated notecards with reminders on the advanced functions
-p-38 can opener
-1x2 post-its
-3 black, 2 red, 1 green, 1 blue stick pens
-2 automatic pencils, spare erasers and leads
-pencil sharpener, 3 unsharpened pencils, cut down
-block eraser
-phone card
-tylenol, 2 pairs disposable ear plugs
-notebook, 5x7 spiral bound
-256mb thumbdrive w/ applications and recover data
-128mb thumbdrive w/ personal data
-6' mini tape measure
-black mini sharpie
-black dry erase marker
-blank CD

in an emergency, the TI-83 comes out, obviously, for some granola bars or something. I will be adding an AOL tin with matches, fishline and hooks, snare wire, some other items.

I also stick in things like a flat nylon webbing sling with double adjust buckles, laser pointer, digital recorder, various forms of digital media (CF, SD) and the readers, USB extensions, cross over CAT5, et al., depending on how the day looks.

And the outside pockets don't get used normally, so whatever might end up in by the end of the week is up to the fates. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I'm also thinking about picking up some Annex clips, and having the option of adding small pouches, particularly if I know I'm going to running it on the shoulder all day and using the webbing sling.


When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

#53279 - 11/09/05 01:20 AM Re: I chose SOG
Milestand Offline

Registered: 09/29/02
Posts: 124
I'm a long time SOG Paratool user - I have always been very satisfied with it as my sole multi-tool (though alas, no corkscrew) - my favorite feature is that it is field serviceable with the pair of tiny optional SOG wrenches that fit right in it's pouch - you can also use them to swap out optional blades.

(I tried a Wave once and found it too flimsy, and especially disliked their proprietary assembly screws - you can't even tweak it at home...)

#53280 - 11/09/05 04:30 AM Re: am I missing Leatherman's point?
Ors Offline
Namu (Giant Tree)

Registered: 09/16/05
Posts: 664
Loc: Florida, USA
Yes, but with the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun Opposing Mars, not to mention Venus waning Jupiter, Is now the right time to be constructing a shelter like this anyway?

I'll bet they didn't even check the Farmer's Almanac <img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />
Memento mori
Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat (They all wound, the last kills)

#53281 - 11/09/05 04:34 AM Re: am I missing Leatherman's point?
Ors Offline
Namu (Giant Tree)

Registered: 09/16/05
Posts: 664
Loc: Florida, USA
unless you happen to be in a rock free desert,

I was in a rock free PE class in jr. high. The teacher was Baptist and thought rock was the devil's work, so all we could listen to during roller skating was Kenny Rogers <img src="/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />
Memento mori
Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat (They all wound, the last kills)

#53282 - 11/09/05 04:45 AM Re: am I missing Leatherman's point?
Ors Offline
Namu (Giant Tree)

Registered: 09/16/05
Posts: 664
Loc: Florida, USA
I bought my wife a Juice. She ended up wanting a Wave instead.

Here's my line of thinking: My wife often resists my preparing efforts. I'm gently introducing things into her purse; a small Garrity LED, an Altoids tin with assorted band aids, first aid cleansing wipes and Shout wipes (very important with two small children) and I'd like to get her used to the idea of a multitool. I am thinking specifically of the Juice S2. Why? Because it is orange.

I remember the thread a couple of months ago where someone asked for reasons he could present to his wife to convince her to EDC a knife. One post talked about some women being more open to something if there was a cuteness factor involved. My wife is very passionate about the color orange. I think I will have much more success convincing her to carry it if she likes the look of it.

My question about the tarp shelter builders is, why didn't they use the SAK to whittle tent poles to suspend the tarp from?
Memento mori
Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat (They all wound, the last kills)

#53283 - 11/09/05 05:47 AM Re: am I missing Leatherman's point?

My wife is very passionate about the color orange
There is an orange glow in the dark paint designed for gun sights, called Ghost Glow.
Try eBay, the seller "thegunstore" sells it.

Think of all the points you can score if things are orange, even with the lights out <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> .... (insert imagination here)

#53284 - 11/09/05 06:48 AM Re: am I missing Leatherman's point?
7k7k99 Offline

Registered: 06/01/05
Posts: 375
Loc: Ohio
this thread has ventured far afield of it's original point which is as lost in the wilderness as I am now............

#53285 - 11/12/05 01:38 PM Re: I chose SOG
Spooky Offline

Registered: 09/27/05
Posts: 23
Loc: S. Wales UK
I've had a SOG powerpliers since the early 90's (bought it at Bisley,back when we could own pistols) and its proven itself to be tough and reliable. its given me sterling service over the years and stood up to some terrible abuse. a few scratches and a main blade a bit worn after years of sharpening but still going strong.I would'nt be without it.

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