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Continuing my little review of the Princeton -Tec ‘Byte’ head torch.

I mentioned briefly my new found liking for this compact headlamp and its ability to remove the head band for fitting onto 1 inch webbing or MOLLE / PALS.

It is pictured here mounted horizontally onto the dock & lock strap of my Kifaru claymore where it can be angled to charge the cyflect  'Strip light’.

It can also be mounted directly to the sternum strap of my E&E pack with a BriteStrike APALS and one of my Mk 3 SOLAS/GITD Glint & Glow markers as part of a night walking set up.

It can also be mounted vertically to any 1 inch webbing if rotation of the 50 lumen main beam or 146 hour red LED is needed in this case to the shoulder strap of my Kifaru E&E.

Full specs here from Princeton-Tec

http://www.princetontec.com/byte

Available here in the UK from http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/pbyte.html

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HSS .

My Dad dropped down some high speed steel planer blades just before Christmas  so thought Id cut them up to see how well they worked . 

The 2 Ive worked so far are just beveled on the right hand side , leaving me 2 spare whic could be left hander’s if anyone wants one .

  To keep the minimum amount of work so they didnt get to hot I decided to keep the edges/ bevels as they were so choose a reverse Tanto with a false swedge , the other a Wharncliffe style again with a swedge .

Both blades are etched and stone washed and wrapped in technora 950 from http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/technora950.html in the UK

 Custom knives , sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

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Ready to pimp.

I bought these 3 Opinel’s yesterday from Alphabushcraft.co.uk with the intention of pimping them up for re sale .

 Ive seen pics of the folding saw before but was quite surprised by the over all size of it in the flesh , the middle one is a No.8 locker and the smallest a No.4 non locking .

The only thing I can’t settle on is whether to pimp them as a set ie all 3 in the same style or to do them individually in contrasting styles?

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Stone washed UST Base- case .

Been using this pimped version of the UST a fair bit out &about and so far it seems to have taken everything I have asked of it esp in its waterproof capacities . 

Seen here being used in the woods to carry basic survival kit of a LM ‘Style’ multi-tool, x2 baddest bee fire fuzes in waxed ended heat shrink, x2 10 hour mini chem- sticks , Silva SERE compass, mini  MK3 cyflect marker , x3 tinder paper circles , fire steel toggle and x2 Swan Norton scalpel blades wrapped in flammable waxed paper

full specs here http://www.ustbrands.com/product/base-case-1-0-titanium

available here in UK http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/home.html

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Tinder stick sheath .

 The first idea that I had to utilize the light my fire fat wood tinder stick was to make up a simple sheath for a 6mm fire steel .

 If this idea has been done before by someone then my apologies for unknowingly copying  and well done for thinking of it as I think its a great idea .

I cut the standard tinder stick in half and drilled a 6.5mm hole into the fat wood then counter sunk a 9mm hole in one end to firmly fit the safety break away cord -lock end that I like to use on my 6mm ferro rods.

 When needing to use whittle an edge of the wooden sheath with a knife to create your tinder  . Pull out the ferro rod using the Technora600 lanyard  , pop the cord-lock off the end and strike with the tungsten carbide circle scraper  and simply fit back together for easy storage .

 Custom knives , sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

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UST B.A.S.E. case first time out .

 As I was out and about back down on the Jurassic Coast again I took along a few new items kindly sent to me from Alpha Bushcraft .

 Full specs on the UST container can be seen here http://www.reveresupply.com/2013_ust_site/Root/2_base_case_1-0.html

 I managed to stash in a few useful items in the generous 23mm wide (internal ) capsule  from a Leatherman ‘Style’ multi -tool, x3 10 hour mini chem lights, x4 of my fire circle tinder tabs, a folded £20.00 note , a micro fire-steel / needle and a jute cord tinder warped fire sparker .

In the screw threaded lid I managed to stash one of my double sided Cyalume Cyflect MK3 mini markers and underneath a Silva SERE GITD compass.

In use through out the day clipped via the carabiner to my belt I was surprised to see that the connecting split ring had started to pull apart . This was replaced instantly with some technora cord from my pack and I’m glad I spotted it before I lost the container but then a split ring is always going to be the weakest link .

 Apart from the issue with the split ring the container performed very well in the water . UST rate the case as waterproof and it certainly showed no signs of ingression in either of the rock pool dunks or the 10 minutes left in a seasonal waterfall .

 Having replaced the split ring I’ve also now pimped the tube a little more to suit my own tastes more to follow later .

UST B.A.S.E case available here in UK http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/ustbasecase.html

Stone wash EDC .

Heat anodized Ti and brass carabiner clip , etched and stonewashed Swiss Tech utilikey , heat anodized Ti inch worm , handmade etched and stone washed brass container , etched Sliver grippers , heat anodized ally True utility tele-pen  and etched , blackened  pocket screw driver all stone washed and part of my EDC  .

Ti clip , Swiss key and telescopic pen from http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/ 

 pocket screw driver from http://www.survivaldepot.co.uk/ 

 inchworm and grippers via http://www.heinnie.com/ 

 custom knives, sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

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Leatherman Style .

 Alex from Alphabushcraft recently sent me this cool little EDC key ring multi -tool from Leatherman tools .

On first appearance it seems to be kinda like one half of a classic folding LM multi -tool and Ive added my much used LM PS4 for a size comparison .

The tools are all non locking making it a perfect UK legal EDC, so easy to attach to key chains or perfect sized for putting in a go bag or survival tin as a back up tool  .

Leatherman have managed to squeeze in a lot of tools into such a compact size from a plain edged non locking blade (the blade protector also seems to act as an impromptu pocket clip ) and decent sized spring loaded folding scissors .

 The file backed tool also features a flat head screwdriver ,  nestled into the  black scale are cunningly hidden tweezers and a rotatable key chain carrier .

Full specs here from LM http://www.leatherman.com/23.html#q=STYLE&start=1 

 Available here in UK http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/lstyle.html

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A good friend recently brought a stash of 9mm Swedish  Army fire-steel blanks and was looking for a few quick solutions for handles .

This very basic pimp using the top of a Staedtler Lumocolor map pen works well enough and stows away great in any pen pockets like my Rite in the rain small note book holder .

fire steel blank http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/fireblank.html

 Custom zip pulls from Andrew at http://valleydeepmountainhigh.tumblr.com

Rite in the rain http://www.riteintherain.com/inventoryD.asp?item_no=C935&CatId={0FF378C9-46C8-413B-ADA3-821FA8A9D63A}

Custom knives , sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

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Glo -Toob’s

Ive been using these fellas for several years now and theve never let me down perfect as a large kit marker or personal illumination device .

Running off an inexpensive 23A battery they are good for 30 hour runtime and waterproof to 11,500 feet  (these shown were left in a stream overnight ) and they can be seen well over 1 mile away and are available in 5 different colours aswell as an IR varient .

full specs here http://www.glo-toob-usa.com/#!original-series/c7or

 AAA version available in the UK here http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/glotoobaaa.html

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Stone washed Swiss TechTool .

There’s just something about folding precision made gadgets that appeals to me however I wasn’t that taken with the bright shiny finish on this Screwz -All so its recently had the treatment  etching in ferric before a stone wash .

  Full specs and available here in the UK  http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/swissscrewz.html

 Custom knives , sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

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Alphabushraft.co.uk  also very kindly sent down a larger Skinth solutions product http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/skinthjotter.html the Skinth Jotter, full specs here from the skinth website http://skinthsolutions.com/jotter-jt/

This again like the pocket panel reviewed bellow seems to be very well constructed from high quality materials , I like to use the small rite in the rain notebooks and this easily swallowed it with enough room for another notebook too and there was plenty of internal room for a fisher space pen and a compact ‘sawn off 'Sharpie Marker .

I could stash a good load of EDC kit inside from My favorite Spyderco orginal Manix , Leatherman Charge TTI and a double spare bit holder, an Oscar Delta CF go-tube , Brite strike CR123 flashlight Fisher space pen and a disposable lighter .

on the front of the pouch 2 elasticated webbing loops allow for stashing of items such as flashlights, multi tools or Go-tubes

and on the reverse are a double set of elasticated loops , these are actually quite large loops and I found that many of My personal EDC items didn’t feel that secure in them due to the widths between the stitching , that being said adding smaller items with clips on certainly seemed to work better such as a Spyderco UKPK ,Space pen , pocket screwdriver , Gerber diamond hone , retractable pen magnet , Brite strike torch and a sharpie marker etc and quite happily stashed x2 Sigg Sauer P226 mags behind them too (please note the 9mm rounds shown are deactivated and just for prop use when Im making kydex mag holders .) .

I was glad to see that x2 large Malice clips would fit on the reverse (all be it they are elastic ) so that the jotter could if ever needed be fixed onto a MOLLE pack / vest but its generally a cargo pocket pouch and feel it would work very well as such for BDU cargo pocket organization , my only little personal niggle would be to remove and change the opening clip to a ITW Nexus clip but again thats just a personal observation .

this and the pocket panel bellow will be on their way to valleydeepmountainhigh for a full testing / review but many thanks to Alex at Alphabushcraft.co.uk for letting me photograph them first .

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 Folding kitchen/ cooking  knife .

 I was recently sent one of these via Alphabushraft.co.uk to play with .

Ive not used the ceramic blade yet to prepare any food with but the manufactures claim its edge retention is x14 times longer than a conventional steel blade  a claim I look forward to testing out in the kitchen .

The kitchen knife is a folder (non locking ) which should make it convenient for ultra light-weight camp use or just Sunday picnics in the park when the weather permits .

 Available here in the UK http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/ceramicfolder.html

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EDC pimps.

I found another use for that odd shaped Ataddor rope tension device  that Id been givern by Alex over at alphabushcraft.co.uk  as a new EDC type key-chain ring .

 I added a small section of jimping to one side before etching and stone washing to match up with a lot of my current EDC.

I then flamed anodized the Ti locking loops and brass blacked the brass screw gates before stone washing them too .

Custom knives , sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

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Klarus ST2C.

 Alex over at Alphabushcraft.co.uk recently sent me down this slime-line Klarus ST2C flashlight to play with .

Running off either x2 CR123 or x1 18650 battery it can put out a whopping 820 ANSI Lumens in high mode which knocks the socks of my trusty but now old tech Fenix TK11 which puts out 240 lumen’s .

Whilst the Fenix has served me well for many years in my x2 battery flashlight needs  I’m always interested to see new kit esp when its lighter , thinner and puts out more lumen’s for longer  than what I’m used too  .

The Klarus range of flashlights seems to have been well received from what Ive been reading on the web and it brings a smile to my face at just how bright this ST2C is as well as the overall improved run times in all modes due to its XM -L2 LED especially compared with my tank of a Fenix .

 With x6 different  function modes including a stomach churning aggressive strobe , SOS mode and a moonlight function that puts out 1 ANSI Lumen for 700 hours I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces now the dark nights are drawing in faster .

full specs here http://www.klaruslight.com/plist_show.php?id=59&lge=en

 available here in UK http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/klarusst2c.html

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Klarus P1C.

 My Wife has actualy been EDC'ing this single CR123  battery flashlight sent down by Alex at alphabushcraft for work and shes reported back that is a step beyond what she had been previously carrying .

As we both had a day off I decided that it was time to get down the beach and have a proper look at it and as Ive been testing out the larger Klarus ST2C thought that the performance / build quality of both was top draw .

The P1C puts out 245 ANSI Lumens for a 1 hour runtime or 20 lumens for 18 hours and is apparently manufactured to Military specifications it certainly performed well on the day searching dark cracks and rock pools for flotsam & jetsam treasures whilist out scavenging in the cliffs and seemed very happy in and out of the water as is rated to IPX-8 or 2meters

 available here in the UK http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/klarusp1c.html

and full specs here http://www.klaruslight.com/plist_show.php?id=15&lge=en