The Day of EDC Victory

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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by Chef » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:36 pm

Re. keychain duck tape: I use four or five feet of tape to hold a little loop of 550 cord on the bottom of a lighter, then use the loop to clip the lighter to the carabiner my keys live on. That way I have a lighter and some duck tape if I have my keys.

My wallet is also made of duck tape, so I suppose I could cannibalize it in an emergency. 8-)
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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by spyderco monkey » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:04 pm

angelofwar wrote:
spyderco monkey wrote:Surprised and pleased to see this thread is still kicking about.

keychain duct tape.
That sounds neat! Got pics or a link to a "how-to"???
Here you go angel, I wrote this DIY a few months ago.

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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by jnathan » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:22 pm

While I was in Belgium with my wife I saw an older (not elderly) woman walking home from a grocery store carrying all her purchases in a a funky piece of luggage. The zipper on the luggage broke and while she knelt down on the sidewalk to collect her huge cans of who-knows-what, pedestrians just ignored her and kept walking.

I used some paracord to close the bag enough to hold her groceries and once she realized I was American, she proceeded to tell me and my wife about her sister in Minnesota.

Not the most exciting story, but it feels really good to help someone else out. That's why I EDC.

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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by angelofwar » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:22 pm

spyderco monkey wrote:
angelofwar wrote:
spyderco monkey wrote:Surprised and pleased to see this thread is still kicking about.

keychain duct tape.
That sounds neat! Got pics or a link to a "how-to"???
Here you go angel, I wrote this DIY a few months ago.

http://www.itstactical.com/intellicom/d ... duct-tape/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Thanks! Checking it out now!
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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by Blacksheep » Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:32 am

the cotter pin duct tape key chain, is in this thread somewhere, I forget where

ETA: 3rd page, 4th down
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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by Smü » Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:56 am

Yet again another victory involving knife and flashlights, but with an uncommon usage. A “making things convenient” victory.

Background: I work at an event venue and I had to haul some gear (a dozen large flightcases). I had to do so through some backdoors, which also functions as escape route. Escape doors are not ment to be fixated with a wedge, in order to prevent smoke wandering from one area of fire to another. Rolling said cases through automatically closing doors is a pita, so I blocked them with my mid-sized Gerber Crucial and a P2 from LED Lenser.

Just open the door and let the closing automatism do the rest.

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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by angelofwar » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:13 am

Nice Smu...straight-up McGyver-ness at work there...well played!
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Post by Smü » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:14 am

angelofwar wrote:Nice Smu...straight-up McGyver-ness at work there...well played!
Thanks. I discovered that trick a while ago and it works with Zippos too:

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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by squinty » Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:42 pm

I keep a small bottle of Visine in my "boo-boo" kit, that rides in my shirt pocket. It makes a slightly awkward bulge in the pocket, and sometimes people comment on it.
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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by MDCCLXXVI » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:11 pm

Neat story OP.

At what point did you utilize the 8' of paracord bracelet, multitool and mini pry bar? :)

Regarding lock pick use. I would love to carry a set of lock picks around, however down here if you have common 'burglary' tools then you're assumed guilty and must prove your innocence. I've been stopped and frisked by cops before. They saw my Leatherman and called it a "B&E" tool. I promptly reminded them of some of its other uses. They were not pricks though and we got along fine after that.

I have actually learned how to craft my own lockpicks with common key rings, needlenose pliers, and butane lighter, and a file (a rock helps too). In other words, a multitool, lighter, and firm ground is enough once I have the right kind of key ring. Its sufficient for up to 5 pin single-side locks. Can also make a 'rake' pick for double sided locks out of a key ring but the time taken to open such a lock climbs to 20-30 minutes plus 15 minutes to actually make the tool. Simple 5 pin padlocks can be opened in about 3-5 minutes with my skill level and modded key ring pick.

Its much easier for me to "prove my innocence" with regards to a disfigured key ring, rather than an actual commercial lock pick.

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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by squinty » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:54 pm

MDCCLXXVI wrote:Neat story OP.

At what point did you utilize the 8' of paracord bracelet, multitool and mini pry bar? :)

Regarding lock pick use. I would love to carry a set of lock picks around, however down here if you have common 'burglary' tools then you're assumed guilty and must prove your innocence. I've been stopped and frisked by cops before. They saw my Leatherman and called it a "B&E" tool. I promptly reminded them of some of its other uses. They were not pricks though and we got along fine after that.

I have actually learned how to craft my own lockpicks with common key rings, needlenose pliers, and butane lighter, and a file (a rock helps too). In other words, a multitool, lighter, and firm ground is enough once I have the right kind of key ring. Its sufficient for up to 5 pin single-side locks. Can also make a 'rake' pick for double sided locks out of a key ring but the time taken to open such a lock climbs to 20-30 minutes plus 15 minutes to actually make the tool. Simple 5 pin padlocks can be opened in about 3-5 minutes with my skill level and modded key ring pick.

Its much easier for me to "prove my innocence" with regards to a disfigured key ring, rather than an actual commercial lock pick.
What reason did they give for stopping and frisking you?
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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by MDCCLXXVI » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:39 am

squinty wrote:
MDCCLXXVI wrote:Neat story OP.

At what point did you utilize the 8' of paracord bracelet, multitool and mini pry bar? :)

Regarding lock pick use. I would love to carry a set of lock picks around, however down here if you have common 'burglary' tools then you're assumed guilty and must prove your innocence. I've been stopped and frisked by cops before. They saw my Leatherman and called it a "B&E" tool. I promptly reminded them of some of its other uses. They were not pricks though and we got along fine after that.

I have actually learned how to craft my own lockpicks with common key rings, needlenose pliers, and butane lighter, and a file (a rock helps too). In other words, a multitool, lighter, and firm ground is enough once I have the right kind of key ring. Its sufficient for up to 5 pin single-side locks. Can also make a 'rake' pick for double sided locks out of a key ring but the time taken to open such a lock climbs to 20-30 minutes plus 15 minutes to actually make the tool. Simple 5 pin padlocks can be opened in about 3-5 minutes with my skill level and modded key ring pick.

Its much easier for me to "prove my innocence" with regards to a disfigured key ring, rather than an actual commercial lock pick.
What reason did they give for stopping and frisking you?
Suspicious persons.

During exam block at university I was cycling up to uni from my apartment to study from midnight to 6AM. On the roads at midnight.

I was minding my own business cycling in the cycling lane, but I believe there is an implicit curfew where people out after a certain time are automatically stereotyped as suspicious.

They searched my bag, rifling through my textbook and notes, and stumbled across my leatherman. I also had another Spyderco knife clipped to my pocket. I probably would have been detained if they'd seen it (permissive law "need to have a reasonable excuse in order to carry a knife"), but it carries deep and I kept my hand kind at my side kind of blocking it from view.

They fondled my bicycle light which was stronger than their cruiser spotlight.

I questioned their authority during the stop. Asked them something like "dont you need probable cause to stop and search someone?", and they gave me a schpiel about "reasonable suspicion". I declined to argue how me cycling on the cycle lane at X hour constitutes reasonable suspicion.

Incidentally I was acquainted with the junior constable since we both go to the same pistol club. Ended up selling him a flashlight next time I saw him at the pistol club.

I don't like being hassled on a sidewalk by on-duty cops. Sure, if I'm on someones private property then I see grounds for reasonable suspicion, or if I'm brandishing a tool/weapon or have a clearly open bottle of alcohol or something in public. But just cycling along?

They were professional, aside from opening every pocket on my backpack and not closing them afterwards (caused me to lose something actually).

Its happened a few times here. This culture seems to retire early in the evening, often times when I'm out jogging/walking at 9PM there's no one else on the streets. Very much a daytime culture, and I like to study at night.

Strange how people in vehicles do not get hassled to the same degree as pedestrians/cyclists.

To throw them a bone, I did not have my helmet on at the time (got stolen). The socialist healthcare system here has caused the state to take a legislative interest in your health and gives them grounds to dictate how you live your life "lest the taxpayers have to pay to clean your brains up off the street for not wearing a helmet."

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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by the_alias » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:58 am

There is a no politics rule on ZS for a reason.

Some of the posts made above perfectly demonstrate why we have that rule. They have also been moved to where they belong.

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Post by airballrad » Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:11 am

Good news: The mouse traps at work are doing their job.

Bad news: The latest customer has probably been hanging around since Friday night.

Good news: I just happened to have gloves, a particulate mask, and a plastic bag handy. :mrgreen:

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Post by man in black » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:47 pm

i went to this show a few weeks ago (anti-flag if you are curious), if you brought a can of food for a food drive the band was hosting you got a free vinyl copy of their new album. well i sit through the show and i really enjoy myself the crowd is giving the band energy and the band is throwing out new stuff, classics and they even throw in a few clash covers! fucking wonderful show, after the show i am getting some stuff signed and i see a woman with her child struggling to get the plastic cling wrap off of the record. it's clearly the kids first show and she is trying to get the singer to sign the album sleeve for the kid but she can't get the plastic off so i sidle up and ask her if she needs that opened that i could use my knife if she needed it. she gives a huge sigh of relief and i open it and she gets her kid the autograph, FIVE MORE PEOPLE COME UP AND ASK FOR HELP OPENING THEIR RECORDS! feels good man.
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Post by azrael99 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:17 pm

my teacher asked me last week,
why do you carry a big a** multitool at school ?
later that day he wanted to show us how was made the welding whip and didn't have the tools necessary

guess what ? i heard
hum....could you give me your multi tool for a sec please ?
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Post by squinty » Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:11 pm

Lacking the proper "hook blade" for cutting tarpaper and linoleum, I made do with the guthook of a hunting knife. It needed a lot of rehab to get sharp again, and disposable razor blades would have been a better choice, but the gut hook got the job done without us wasting time leaving the job site to run out and buy blades.
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Post by max v » Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:51 pm

On Christmas eve we celebrated my aunt's 88th birthday. Several liters of champagne later we left and found ourselves facing a dodgy path in a completely unlit park. So out comes the upgraded 2AA Maglite from its leather holster, added to my edc just a few weeks earlier. And with a flick of the switch pitchblack turned into bright white, allowing me to guide 2 small children, 2 seniors, my brother in his usual Italian shoes and his wife in heels safely through the park. Not very epic I realize but gratifying nonetheless.
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Post by scuro » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:10 am

Istvan56 wrote:There have been several times when my EDC gear came in handy. One notable instance was when my original Leatherman tool saved an executive assistant's finger. There was a big meeting and while getting ready she accidentally smashed her wedding ring and it was pinching her finger. She called down for a bandaid since there was a little blood and figured she was too busy to deal with the real problem and would just put it off till after the all day meeting was over. When I got there her finger was swollen and turning purple. I told her that we needed to call in the fire department to cut her ring off and she freaked. She begged me to do something "now" and not to embarrass her in front of the board of directors and her boss. I was able to use the needle nose pliers to bend out her ring enough to restore blood flow and with a little liquid soap get it off after the swelling had gone down. I then used the taper of the pliers to reshape her ring and told her to get it repaired at a jeweler. There was quite the rock on it, a 3 carat diamond but she was more concerned about getting to the meeting. Later I shared this story with my buddy who worked at Leatherman Tool Group and I got sent a nice letter from Tim Leatherman thanking me for it along with one of their coffee cups. (It is still my favorite cup in my collection.)

Another occasion was when my EDC IFAK came in handy on the bus. A rough streetwise girl got on and sat in the back of the bus near me. She started scratching at a ratty looking dressing on her wrist, obviously a wound that had been improperly dressed. I ID'd myself as a first aider, not as an off duty federal LEO since she'd have balked at my helping her. She unwrapped the dirty dressing and showed me a 2" laceration on her wrist from a knife slash. She'd been in a fight a couple of nights before and the wound was a mess. She wouldn't go to the hospital for treatment, had no insurance but more likely due to the injury being reported to the local police. I cleaned, applied antibiotic ointment and wrapped it in a sterile dressing. Then I gave her my supplies, advised her again to see a doctor, got the "no way" and then told her to watch for signs of infection, redress regularly, etc. before getting ready to get off at my stop. She asked me why I helped a stranger and I told her that not only was it my religious duty but also that I am a father.

My car FAK, fire extinguisher and other gear have also come in handy several times over the course of my life. But since this has to do more with the stuff we carry on ourselves I'll keep it to these two stories. :mrgreen:


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Post by Pilsung » Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:18 am

At a recent family get-together in Wyoming, one of my cousin's friends (20 years old) was hot-dogging on a dirt bike and banged up his leg pretty good. I had an EDC bag in my car and cleaned/disinfected his injuries and patched him up with sanitized bandages and gauze (thanks, Chinook!) before they took him to the hospital (turned out he had a fracture). NOBODY there had any first aid supplies worthy of the name, so it was a teaching point for some of my relatives.

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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by allofthemonkeys » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:34 am

Working the night shift at a gas station can have lots of interesting experiences, but one of my duties is to refill the window washing buckets by the pumps. Because of the chemical used for that is flammable until mixed with water, we have to store it outside of the store in a shed. The problem is that there is no power in the shed, which in the middle of the night can be a problem. I just pull out my edc light, a Streamlight Stylus Pro, take care of my chores, and go on my way.
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Post by Cybrludite » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:30 pm

My housemate and a bunch of his friends were getting ready to head up to the local RenFest, and as part of this were lacing one of the women in the group into her corset. Of course, the lacing pops. I duck back into my room & come back with some 550 cord. Win!
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Re: The Day of EDC Victory

Post by Catshooter » Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:34 pm

Had a victory/fail with my EDC yesterday.

Went with the wife to look at a house for sale yesterday. I threw my BOB in her car and we took off after consulting with MapQuest.

All was good until the "road" that MQ told us to take became a dirt road. Now in Florida there really isn't much in the way of dirt, it's sand. This being winter (the dry season) the sand gets softer and softer and deeper and deeper. Neither her or I am familar with this as we're not from around here.

By the time we stop the car is high centered, from the front bumper to about the rear doors. So it's time to dig out, right? No shovel, first fail. But there is a piece of one by four about three feet long, so I go to work. For just a moment as right quick I realize just how jagged the ends of this board are. Go for the leather work gloves in my BOB . . . you guessed it, none. Feeling pretty smart by this time. :gonk:

I always carry a handkerchief so I used that to pad the end of the board and we eventually got out.

I've got three GI shovels here at home. One always lives in my van but there wasn't one in her car. *sigh*

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