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Tony from Cincinnati sends this “The Norm” via Everyday Carry.

He’s a real estate and commercial photographer by trade.  His most unusual item, aside from the 500Gb Samsung SSD drive?  The OD Green Sniper’s Veil.  Really?  Maybe he uses it to keep himself cool, or his gear out of the sun.  I dunno.  But it seems like a lot to carry everyday.

He pairs all that with a Walther PPS pistol with what might be a Streamlight weaponlight attached, a spare magazine of 9×19, and a Fenix PD35 flashlight.  Tony didn’t include specs on that light on the gun.  Or the holster in which he carries the gun/light combo.

Does anyone else think that he did some home stipling on that grip of that Walther?

I’ve seen that zip strip technique on the Spyderco Resilience knife a few times before, including once or twice among those at a Steve Tarani knife class I attended.  They make one-handed opening of the Spydercos a little more positive for those times when you might be busy or distracted with other things…  like holding someone or something off as you present the blade.


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  1. “I’ve seen that zip strip technique on the Spyderco Resilience knife a few times before,…”

    It can be a very useful hack, as I have discovered with my current limited range-of-motion in the fingers of my right hand from last winter’s ‘adventure’. (Thankfully, I’ve recovered enough to grip a handgun and fire it.)

    It acts like an additional thumb ‘post’ that some knives used to duck around the Spyderco thumb-hole patent that existed for a while…

    • You can also use the zip tie to snag on your pocket seam as you remove the knife so that it deploys as you bring it out of your pocket. Very similar to the patented ‘wave’ feature of the Emerson Knives brand

      • If you’re talking about the ‘hook’ near the hole to open it while extracting it, yeah, that’s an official Martha Stewart ‘Good Thing’….

  2. Damn! that stipling is harsh! Need gloves just to hold the gun! Ouch!
    Some outfit a long, long time ago, came out with a clamp/screw on for Buck 110s It did work, but was hell on sheaths and pockets. And I won’t own any Spyderco knife. I think they are kind of ugly, sorry Spyderco fans.

    • Dave, form follows function. I never buy anything defensive because of how it looks. Only how it works. If I did, I wouldn’t own a Glock.

  3. The compass on the smart watch caught my eye. Turns out some photographers use a compass to figure out natural lighting conditions, who knew!

  4. Thought he had a portable hammock.

    I have arthritis in my thumbs but the spider hole is the way I easily open my knives.

    My experience with clipped zip ties is getting cut by the sharp edges.

    Seem like it would also eat my pocket. I dunno…if it works for him.

    If I was gonna carry a pistol with the wamdigious extended mag and protruding light, I’d carry a service pistol with a light.

    • “My experience with clipped zip ties is getting cut by the sharp edges.”

      The trick is to use a *new* (fresh, sharp edge) razor blade to round off the sharp surfaces of the zip tie.

      I do it now by default if I install a zip anywhere my hand may contact it in use…

      • I just leave em long.

        I guess I could sand em off.

        Never had much luck trimming them after cropping them back.

        I have wrapped them in duct tape if I had to cut em off.

        • you can make some flush cutters by belt sanding the edge bevel off of the back side of some side cutting pliers.

  5. That would be a bitch, bright knife blade, dark gunm, +- what to do. I think I’d have went with more side lighting. Anand if he’d a gotta a proper pocket watch complete with straps for attaching to your wrist he wouldn’t need the compass, 0707 my a$$ , the big hand always points South


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