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  1. Ben Rubinstein

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    Used to be my dad's old volvo 240 estate with my mum in the front, 4 kids in the back seat and me and luggage for the whole family for two weeks in the boot when we would drive to Scotland for the annual holiday. Good times. In the days before they would take your license for stuff like that.
     
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    Did your folks have one of them 245's with an extra row of seats in the boot ??

    Old volvo's are modelnamed after series, number of cylinders and doors... 200 series, 4 cylinders, 5 doors = 245...
     
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    Nah, that was for posh people. We rolled around in the back. :) It was a simpler life. You bought a car built like a tank and let the kids just sit in the boot. Now they would be horrified even at the idea. My dad got a 740 after his 240 died of old age. Then an 850. After that he moved on from Volvo (was the age of the 'pretend' volvos like the S40/50/80) and he got a Saab 95 Turbo. I'd already left home by then.
     
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    Your dad has a great taste in cars... Swedish built tanks... Simpler times, those where the days...
     
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    Mail call!

    Been wanting this one for a while and waiting even longer. :)

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    Pictures didn't give me an idea of how tiny it is. Very pleased.

    I also got these:

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    I love these mini carabiners. No you can't climb with them but they are very useful for attaching stuff to other stuff and cost cents. I've never got enough of them. For example I will be using two of the locking ones for attaching a sleeping bag to my pack. Smaller and lighter than using a strap. The regular ones are used on capsules, my watch chain and a zillion other things.
     
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    Nice scores Ben... Are carabiners better/easier for you with your condition ??
     
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    Better than what? These are just tiny things. Certainly easier than split rings or untying knots, my thumbs don't work all that well. In general they are a nice easy solutions for attaching lighter stuff quickly. I think they would easily hold 10kg of weight without a problem.
     
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    Better than the alternatives you have available... I was just curious, nothing more...
     
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    I just find them useful for stuff. I have pill containers on them clipped to the inside of my bag. When I carried a zippo the fuel canister hung off one of these.
     
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    Something very very special just came in. Going to need to wait for good light to do it justice.
     
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    Now you're teasing us... But i'll wait untill the pro-tog can do it justice...
     
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    Honestly mate it's worth waiting for.

    I'll give a clue. It started with this knife.

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    and then it went to get new handles. Originally to make them more comfortable for my weak grip. What actually happened next went beyond my wildest dreams.
     
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    Interesting... Very interisting...
     
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    wow $27500?!:eek: Is that due to the import duty?
     
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    Yup. Crazy isn't it?
     
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    So the new knife. Well, not new. I got this knife on another forum in a raffle by @Kerberos and although I didn't win, another member incredibly kindly gifted me the 'win'. A beautiful Chen Duty which I'd been lusting after for years. It was a beautiful knife, a FFG S35VN blade which cut like nothing I'd ever held. There was a problem though. Due to my disability, I found the small handle hard to grip. In fact it was painful to use. I asked around and an incredible guy stepped in and offered to do a handle mod. Originally I'd planned on something very simple and nondescript. Then he started making suggestions and the whole 'grey man' thing went out of the window.

    I'm going to put the original knife back in your minds. OK this is what it looked like. Sculpted Micarta handles.

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    Looks nice doesn't it?

    But then....

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    Woooooooooooooow!

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    Spalted Maple Burl handles. Have a look at that grain, those pins!

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    What a knife! So much more comfortable in the hand too. The curves are technically for ergonomic reasons but aesthetically, they are simply sublime!

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    Evan, who did the work, doesn't do this professionally. He barely has any spare time at all with an incredibly demanding job. But what an artist!

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    One knife to rule them all? :)
     
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    Wow Ben, i wouldn't say i'm jalous of you because thats not the right word for it but wow that is a work of art.... Thats incredible...
     
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    and an EDC pic with the new knife and flashlight (with added 18650 tube):

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    Those new scales on the Chen are looking incredible.
     
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    I don't have one (yet? :D ) but I persuaded my boss that a SAK Pioneer X was the best EDC for him after he saw my traditional slipjoints. After seeing it in the flesh, I honestly believe it is the best EDC cutting solution an urbanite could ever need unless they had a profession specific requirement. It is far better than I'd imagined. So, I need a Pioneer for urban carry and a Farmer or Harvester for outdoors. Who needs a car anyway? :D

    Seriously though, with moving from a bike to a car, I'm rethinking my need for the LM Charge AL as a carry. It's heavy and rather too much of a good thing. A total urban/outdoors tool solution in one package means redundancy for either. I don't need a can opener or saw in the office. I don't need a screwdriver and file in the field.
     
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