Friday, February 21, 2014

Vintage Knife: Camillus Craftsman 50th Anniversary Knife.

Recently I came across what appears for all intents and purposes to be a forgotten product lineup. Many, many years ago Sears would contract several American knife companies to produce products under the Craftsman Tools banner. During my research I found that three knife manufacturers (Possibly more) were used for decades. Schrade, Camillus and Colonial. While looking through several sources for any of these knives I discovered that in 1977 Craftsman Tools celebrated it's 50th Anniversary. Various 50th Anniversary products were produced to celebrate the milestone and pocket knives were one of them. I only know of three models produced from the "77' Collection" as I've come to call it. A peanut, stockman and unique scout design.
All three models were available to me, but I am a longtime fan of anything Camillus and Scout pattern based. In some literature it is referred to as the "LumberJack." Unlike standard Scout pattern knives it does not feature an awl/technicians screwdriver but a large pen blade instead. Other literature refers to another Scout pattern model with the addition of a wood saw. I found one such version on eBay, but lost out in the final minutes of the bidding.
It features the typical black delrin textured handles common in mid to late 70's Camillus knives. The French Nailnick and the unique swedge on the main blade made it very interesting to me. The blade also features an excellent etching as seen below.
I was fortunate in that I was able to find one (and only one.) in NOS (New Old Stock) condition. And in the original box as you can see. It's largely identical as well as other Camillus Scout pattern produced knives in my collection. Overall it's an excellent piece that I got for around 70% of it's true value. I plan to find the other two known models from this collection. As well as the 100th Anniversary of Sears knife that is also floating out there.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Vintage Knife: Queen Cutlery "100th Running of the Kentucky Derby" Peanut Knife.

This past Christmas a family friend found one of her late husband's old pocket knives. When I first heard about it, I expected something fairly old and possibly worn out. But still a good conversational piece worthy of perhaps being framed. Her late husband was a rather interesting man. One of the weatherman responsible for deciding when the Allied assault on Normandy would begin. Several months later he was shot down and taken prisoner by the SS for the remainder of the war. What I ultimately got turned out to be a really great piece.
A Queen Cutlery "Peanut" knife. The shield instantly told me it was a special edition. It turns out it's one of two knives put out by Queen Cutlery in 1974 as part of a set. This particular one is to commemorate the 100th Running of the Kentucky Derby. The larger version (A two bladed Stockman) was to celebrate the bicentennial of the state of Kentucky. The bicentennial knife I suspect was lost or may be somewhere in the family friend's home still. The set in new condition, in the original case sells for around 175-200 dollars.
This particular one has a serial number of 6,921. Judging by the five character serial number that means it could go up to 99,999 made. But not likely it went that way high.
Mid-70's blade engraving. Nice and clean.

Overall the knife is in near-new condition. It appears that it was never used much, if at all. I will be eager to see if it's larger sibling turns up. It may have matching serial numbers. Either way I might find the larger sibling online if possible for a framing of the set.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Announcement: New Article Up At The New Artemis.

You can read my article on a primer to vintage knife collecting now at The New Artemis.

Every Day Carry: Kaufmann Mercantile "Brass EDC Keyring Carabiner."

Anyone who knows me knows I love brass. All my belt buckles have to be silver brass. I've been moving more and more to utilizing brass in my EDC. Namely when it comes to my keyring. Lately a lot of other materials have failed me. Mostly resulting in lost keys and in once case a lost Leatherman. So I decided to place an order for several of the EDC Keyring Carabiners that Kaufmann-Mercantile sells. I opted for three in the smallest size, since they will be most utilized, along with two in each of the other size. Already I'm thrilled. Plus I got some free Turmeric Powder (They sell spices and all kinds of things, too) in a nice little bag. I love it. Good company. Fast shipping. Affordable, too.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Every Day Carry: Slimming Down.

Trimmed down my EDC Pocket Tool Kit. It's a system that many people E.D.C. compliments of's video on the subject and various products. I added the Screw Keys (Limited stock, guys) along with ditching a few redundant items. I might add a larger Pry Bar since I'm never quite sure about the smallest ones functionality.
I also picked up one of's "Picket Pocket" pouches. I was a bit let down, really. The width and size of the items capable of being put into the interior and exterior is greatly limited. Not enough room for even a Pry Bar wrapped in paracord, sadly. I had intended to use it as a way to hold my EDC Pocket Tool Kit along with a few extras to add and subtract as needed. But it does work well holding my BOGT 2.0 "Survival Edition."
It gives me the ability to stash it into a cargo pocket or back pocket if I want a little more organization. Overall good stuff that's helping me organize and continue with my "Tiered" approach to E.D.C.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

General: Patrick Ma Leaves T.A.D. Gear

Bryan Black of ITS Tactical did a fine write up along with a link to the official press release here.

I'm not surprised. This explains why T.A.D. has really fallen from it's original roots in recent years. I imagine the company will be sold off and it'll end up nowhere.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Preparedness: Getting my F.A.K.'s Sorted.

To the right we have the AMK Trekker. Or I rather should say the case. Which alone is worth it's weight in gold because of the labeling and organization. I bought it many years ago when AMK still sold it. It's been restocked with what I feel is necessary for an overall FAK of that size as well as it's location; The Car. For pocket carry I have a standard old version of the AMK "Pocket Medic." All around great little pocket kit. I've retired my AMK "Ultralight & Watertight .7." For now it'll probably get stuffed into my T.A.D. Fast Pack E.D.C. which is my winter hiking pack. I've decided to rebuild my old AMK "Ultralight & Watertight .5" as my E.D.C. First Aid Kit. Unfortunately the Alosak bag (They're now replaced with DryFlex as seen on the .7) which it came with is so compromised. I've gone with smaller baggies broken down into categories. It fits nicely into the ripstop nylon pouch that I love about the Ultralight & Watertight lineup.

Ultimately this has lead me to reevaluate my "Tiered" approach to overall E.D.C. and Prepping from the medical aspect. It's given me a few ideas.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Home Owning: First Aid Kit.

Funny how discussions on Facebook lead to creating new things. While asessing whether or not the First Aid Kit which I E.D.C. is too big (It is.) I thought about making a replacement for it. For many years I have had a largely (Emphasis on large) unused kit in my trunk. It was an ambitious creation that stemmed from me buying my first car. It's all a rather long story. Needless to say I realized it would be better suited for my home. So it now rests in a drawer in my kitchen. I took a few things out to buff up my Adventure Medical Kits "Trekker" which has become my new car kit. Much more console friendly.
Far too much to ever break down in list form. I did that once and I will never do it again. I kept the awesome bottles of Alcohol, Peroxide, Saline Wash and Betadine from my Canine First Aid Kit. Since I no longer have a dog they're no longer required in that kit. I plan on donating the Canine First Aid Kit  soon.

PS: Yes. Plano Containers. They're great. I'm a fisherman. I've got a lot of them laying around. Tackle, Pocket Knives and First Aid Supplies.

....Time to cash that check Plano just gave me. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Every Day Carry: Small Changes.

Restricting myself to the Stealth Snatch Bag 2 has been fun. But at the same time I've still been obligated on a number of occasions to need a tool or two. But I've managed to break it down to just the essentials.
  • Straight & Curved Micro Widgy Bars. I cannot tell you how many times I have used these to get into my house after locking myself out.
  • Fortunately Wal-Mart sells a version of the "Technician Screwdriver" for only a dollar. Only downside is the bits aren't standard size. So you can't put in replacement hex bits for more exotic drivers. But those are very rare.
  • Using my version of the "Steven's Every Day Carry."
So far I've had all my bases covered in addition to having my Leatherman Rebar with me. All fits nicely into the PCC Pouch.
I'm really loving the additional Go Tube on my BOGT 2.0 "Survival Edition." Gives me a little more flexibility to add and subtract certain items. Money, MicroSD with medical info..etc, etc. Plus having a quality, small and sharp locking blade in the form of the Spyderco LadyBug is nice. Great for the smaller and discreet tasks. I might do a Safety Orange duct tape wrap on the other tube. We'll see. So far it's quite comfortable in the pocket.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Every Day Carry: Bag Dump Follow-Up.

Finding the right balance for a lightweight bag option such as the SSB2 has been fun. It's been really interesting really critically thinking about what I do use and do not use. More importantly what I find myself needing. The original load out proved to be quite adequate, but there were a few items I was missing. You would honestly be surprised at how often I need tools. Par for the course of being "that guy" who people know has certain things on him. You get asked a lot "can you fix this?"
  • Expanded on my take on the "BOGT 2.0" Since this would be the core survival items in lieu of my traditional P.S.K. I felt it was necessary. I added a secondary GoTube with several items. I also in the interest of having a small folding knife, added the safety orange Spyderco LadyBug. Still very pocket friendly should I need to go even lighter in weight.
  • The First Aid Kit is large, true. But I've blown through the ".5" variant time and time again. The ".7" has plenty of room for additional items that I wish Adventure Medical Kits would offer in their kits. With my I.T.S. Tactical "EDC Trauma Kit" I may gut my F.A.K. and keep only what I feel 100% necessary to keep. We'll see.
  • Decided to go with both Revision #2 of the Maratac AA and AAA Lights. I'm not too thrilled about the new modes, but the silicone diffuser tips are great. Plus the plastic containers they come in now are great for storage items. They fit nicely on top of one another in the PCC Pouch.
  • Since I'm no longer carrying or needed my traditional E.D.C. Tool Kit, I've decided to go with my E.D.C. Key Ring. It fits nicely, also in a PCC Pouch along with the straight and curved version of the Micro Widgy Bar.
  • Decided to keep the Halo Starlight Charger. Interesting product I was given as a gift. Works fairly well. Also has a flashlight built into it. Haven't really had it long enough to say for sure if it's quality. But it does seem to get my iPhone 5 from empty to full pretty easily. So I can't complain.
Ultimately I've learned to do more with less, which is an ongoing thing in my life. It's all very comfortable in my SSB2. When it comes time to go back to my GoRuck GR1, I think I will find myself using less and less despite having all that space again. We'll see how it goes when Winter comes.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Every Day Carry: I.T.S. Tactical "EDC Trauma Pack."

Let's face it. Bad stuff happens. If you've read the title of this post you can probably guess what that bad stuff is. I'll leave it at that. And anyone who knows me, knows that I like to be prepared for pretty much any "event." Recently my Adventure Medical Kits "Pocket Trauma Pak" (They need to update and strip them down.) expired. So I took it as a sign to finally pull the trigger on I.T.S. Tactical's "EDC Pocket Trauma Pack." I'm really, really glad I did.
I went with the black sleeve option. I felt the red lettering on black background was more visible. And let's face it in a situation like this visible is probably pretty vital. I was struck with how large the actually vacuum sealed kit is. I think because in the product pictures you don't see the sealed ends. It made it a little difficult at first putting the kit into the sleeve, but it's easy enough. I think I expected the kit to be sealed on all four sides, with a tear away strip. But after I examined the vacuum bag I realized the bottom is tear away (Vital!) and the top a sealed ziplock style opening. You could open it and add probably a few small items and re-seal it if you had a heat sealer, I imagine.
The sleeve is pretty cool. Having dealt with vacuum sealed products a handful of times and baggies made of a similar material (Aloksak.) I knew that a cover is pretty helpful. And again the red on black stands out well. Clear markings along with contents let just about anyone realize what it is. It does take a little fiddling with the top to get the kit out, though. Also did I mention the sleeve is made by Zulu Nylon Gear? American made in Chicago. The kit is billed as being around the size of a wallet. It's slightly larger than my wallet (Tri-Fold, Columbia Outfitters.) but still pocket friendly. The point being a small, concise kit that gives you no excuse not to carry it. It's got a place in my EDC bag or in my pocket from now on.

Although....I didn't get any Box Art this time. I think I assumed leaving a "Surprise me." in the comments section wasn't enough to go on. Next time I'll have to make a very, very specific request.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Every Day Carry: Ultralight Bag Dump.

With the arrival of the Stealth Snatch Bag 2, I'm trying a much lighter and leaner approach to my every day carry. I'm seeing about adding a sub-bag group to my Tiered Approach to E.D.C. that I have been tinkering with. So far I am liking it. But having trouble shedding a few items, but I'm learning to cope.
Follow up in the works. Any questions please feel free to ask.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Product Review: OscarDelta UK "Stealth Snatch Bag 2."

I've said it before, but I will say it again. I really love many of the products coming out of the European outdoor, security and E.D.C. manufacturers. There's a number more popping up and I really look forward to what they'll bring to the table. One in particular that has always been a favorite of mine is OscarDelta UK. Focusing on indiscreet carry and general every day carry they have come up with a number of really great products. In October of last year I had the pleasure of ordering one of the first batches of their "Stealth Snatch Bag." You can read my initial review here. I still use the bag to this day for a variety of uses. Most often it's kept in a stuff sack in my GoRuck GR1. Helps when I am shopping and need an extra bag.

Several months ago they hinted out and eventually came out a follow up version. The Stealth Snatch Bag 2. The technical specifications can be found there. In a nutshell the same overall design has been kept, some things replaced with better quality and an overall leaner and meaner platform. I missed out on the first batch and quickly pre-ordered for the second batch. I had expected the bag much, much sooner than today. But the company and/or companies involved moved their location, ran into a few issues and had to address them. Totally understandable. I was in no hurry, but was still rather eager to get the bag. I loved the "SSB1" so much that having a tougher version for possibly lightweight EDC in the Summer months would be great. Plus out of all (And there are many) UK based companies I deal with, their shipping is by far the fastest. Shipped on the 22nd. Got here on the 27th. Supernaturally good for UK to US shipping. And it was free with the purchase. At 40 Pounds it (Even with the exchange rate) was a good buy given the quality and sourcing.
One thing they've removed from the original version is the strap pads. I liked them at first, but they made it difficult to fold the SSB1 down sometimes. This time around I made sure to pay attention to how the manufacturers folded it, as seen above. This is made possible by the removal of the strap pads. I might, if I find myself carrying this bag often, opt to add some kind of padding myself. Something removable that I can stick into the bag when I want to fold it up.
Looks like it could almost be a GoRuck product, doesn't it? Normally I am not a black material kind of guy. In Florida the Sunlight makes it hot. But with my experiences over the last six months with my black GoRuck GR1 I realize it's not really an issue. Besides I do kind of like black. In addition to the monkey fist knots, which were on the SSB1, they have added cord ends. It's a little extra bit of detail that I think gives the bag a complete look. Plus the straps are now SERE GO Cord 960. Almost double the tensile strength of traditional 550 Cord. Not to mention the addition of a great velcro patch. No OscarDelta bag is complete without the Disruptive Thinker patch they produce.
Lately that flag has been on gear as good as any gear that bares the U.S. flag. I hope more people take note of that. I really dig the 1000 Denier Cordura. It's stiff, yet not too stiff. I hope it'll soften slightly over time. I was surprised at how much in total weight I was able to fit into the SSB1 without fear of ripping, so I expect to be able to hold at least twice as much in the SSB2. The strength of the design of these bags is not having a seam on the bottom. Not to mention the seams inside the bag are taped and reinforced.
The SSB1 was my go to lightweight, on the spur of the moment hiking bag. The SSB2 will as well for sure. I tossed a handful of my core items I bring with me into the bag for a quick comfort and load out test. I wore it around on a few errands later in the early evening. I was really surprised at how comfortable everything was. To be fair you need to pack things properly in "Sack" style backpacks.
I did find the "cinch" to be a little harder than usual. I suspect once the 1000 Denier material is broken in a little it won't be a problem. I honestly wouldn't mind if it stayed stiff, though. Gave the closure a sense of extra security. And of course if there's a patch panel then you gotta put patches on it. I stuck up two T.A.D. Gear "Ranger Eyes" and an ITS Tactical PVC Patch.
Now I am not sure if it's just my imagination, but the SSB2 seems to lay more flat against my back. It could be that over the past near year of using the SSB1 and becoming more familiar with how to pack it properly, it just lays flatter now. Either way the flatter more streamlined fits with the name "Stealth Snatch Bag." It's origins of course lay in clandestine and covert situations. I prefer to wear these style bags centered on my back. I'm 6'2". But there are plenty of adjustment options for smaller or slimmer people.

Overall I give the SSB2 a huge double thumbs up. The original was great. The follow-up was awesome. What I really love about "cinch bag" or "stuff sack" style bags is they've been around for decades. I cannot go a single day without seeing several people wearing them. It's a more subdued and overlooked piece of gear for carrying your E.D.C. This time around fortunately SnakeDr666 (The Tumblr wing of OscarDelta and LastDitchKit) posted a how to fold the SSB2 for pocket carry. Time to order some shock cord.

Once this heat breaks (It'll be a while) I plan to take this bag out out on the trail.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Six Months Later: GoRuck GR1.

I've had my replacement GR1 for over six months now. As promised here is a "Six Months Later" follow up style review. But before I get into that I feel obligated and have been asked to say a few things about GoRuck. From present owners, potential owners and a few skeptics. Evidently my opinion matters. I won't touch on everything, but just the main talking points.
  • Yes. GoRuck opened a store. People keep asking me what I think of that, being that I am near the store. It's fine. It's a bit J.Crew Boutique, but whatever. Technically any Florida resident that orders a bag through GR's site will probably have to pay sales tax now. Which is a drag. Hopefully they'll find a legal way to avoid that.
  • GR's very prevalent presence on Tumblr. A number of Tumblr micro blogs give off a questionable amount of overly fanboyish love of GR. Tumblr in all honesty is pretty disgusting a place. I would like it if someone with authority in GR's inner cleared the air, though. If I had to guess it's a number of former operators who like the bags and just want to show their support for a former fellow operator owned company. Which is fine. I get that.
  • "Zippergate." Kind of snuck that one under the consumer noses. It doesn't matter, though. The Taiwan YKK Zippers are made to the same standards as the USA YKK Zippers. Given that GR from the start was a very "Made in America" centric company, it was a bit disappointing. Those that I asked about it said they now had changed their mind about buying a bag from GR. If your company says "GoRuck is all local" then....keep it local. I don't mind the zippers personally.
  • Yes. It seems GR is sourcing out their manufacturing to other outlets now to meet demand. Some think that Grey Ghost Gear is working with GR now. Which is fine. I like Triple G's stuff very much. They're a good company. GR is indeed getting bigger and is no doubt going through supply and demand issues. I think now that they've settled into their new manufacturing process (And weeded some out..) and are focusing on more sprint run colors, things are working themselves out. I don't expect it to be an issue again as it was for that December to March period of time.
  • I'm inclined to agree with some others when they say "GR is an event company, that happens to make bags." Yeah, that makes sense. While their events are growing exponentially I still hope they focus on their merchandise side of things. I'm certain they will. With the addition of the "Slick" lineup I am sure they're aware of the demand. If I ever do get another GR bag I will probably get a Slick model.
  • God willing they won't end up like T.A.D. Gear. Let's be honest...T.A.D. Gear = The Gap. Which is an insult to The Gap.
Now that we've aired all of that none sense let's check out the status of my GR1.
Superficially everything looks really good. The material has softened considerably, which I like. I'm not really a fan of the heavy duty almost bulletproof thick Cordura.
The webbing on the straps, as seen above, has a lot of pulled threads. They're not compromising the integrity of the pack at all. Just extra thread that eventually comes undone. I trim it and then quickly flash it with a lighter. God willing my admittance of that won't void the SCAR's Warranty.
This is a picture of the fringe of the bag that conceals the zipper. I posted this originally about 3 months ago on EDC Forums. Being that this part of the bag is often in contact with various things, it's getting a bit of fraying. If I had to guess (Don't quote me on that.) it's because they only folded and stitched the ends. That and the softer Cordura tends to do that. If GR added a bit of extra material over the existing stitching similar to how 5.11 Tactical does with it's pockets to avoid wear and tear from pocket knives, it'd be really nice. I think they should use a tougher denier Cordura for the shoulder pads as well as a better method of stitching the padding into them. Incidentally it's the same material that my car's seats are made out of. Also I was recently informed by someone that the dimensions on the GR1's have increased slightly. So they're always tweaking the bags.

Ultimately the question is how do I feel about the GR1 six months after daily carry? I dig it. I'm pleased with how well it is holding up. I've not run any Challenges, but I use it quite extensively on a daily basis. If someone major happens to it then I'll warranty it out and see what my options are. If I damage it and the blame falls squarely on me then I'll see what the price options are for repair. If it's more than 1/3rd the cost of a new GR1 or it's comparable Slick Model then I'll just get a new bag. This is the longest I've used one bag without changing. So if I have to dish out three bills every three years? Then I'm okay with that. It's certainly cheaper than buying new bags as often as I once did.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Product Awareness: Skinth Solutions "M7 Toollet."

I'm a bit tardy to the party with this one, I'm afraid. Blame the fact I spent the last week thinking I would need more oral surgery. But it turns out I don't. But I digress....

The mad man with a sewing machine behind Skinth Solutions has once again come up with a great product. Originally created as a giveaway, that quickly spawned into a full production Skinth. The "M7 Toollet" is the latest in the slowly but surely growing lineup of pocket Skinths. I'll be placing an order for one soon along with the "P2MT." I highly recommend you check it out. Especially if you enjoy carrying things in pockets and desperately need organization.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Home Owning: New Porch & Termites.

After waiting for 2+ months for permits and weather to clear I finally have my porch. 175 square feet of screened in and insulated roofed outdoor area.
I totally broke my new vacuum trying to clean up all the dirt on the cement slab. Going to acid etch it and then epoxy paint it soon. Having the contractors come back (at the boards expense) to divert a downspout from a gutter that causes my porch area to flood fairly liberally. The retaining wall around each unit's porch is being pushed back several yards and rebuilt with artificial railroad ties. As the future Vice President I get to oversee it.

Thankfully the termites have disappeared. Not sure if they got in somehow or were just hatching from last year's swarm. Every morning they're piled up dead on the front door threshold. Most likely they're hatching and trying to get out, towards a light that sits in my front yard. When I examined the door I found it was installed improperly and no one weather stripped it at all. So I am going to rip that out and replace it soon.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

New Product Awareness: ITS Tactical "Urban Kit."

If you haven't familiarized yourself with what ITS Tactical is all about, you should. One thing I love about Bryan and the rest of the ITS crew is their focus on security. Home security, personal security and focusing on skills that can get you out of a bind. All my life I've done my best to learn skills that both can improve my odds in a situation, or make me feel more educated and informed as a human being. Their recent article on the various phases in being kidnapped is quite awesome. I also believe their EDC Trauma Kit is quite possibly the best, most concise and simplistic kit out there.

Needless to say I like what they do. I've bought plenty of their products and they also do great box art as a goof. A few years ago at their first "Tactical Muster" (A gathering for staff and select members) there was a pretty cool thing. A SERE kit in a neat tool roll form factor made by T.A.D. Gear. When I saw it over at PigMonkey's Flickr I instantly wanted one. For a while I was sourcing the independent pieces through various outlets. But this past week ITS Tactical did the smart thing and released a similar version, but in much more EDC friendly package.

You can read about it and if you want buy it here. I have a lot of experience with the manufacturer of the container the kit comes in. I absolutely love them. A great choice for a kit like this.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Every Day Carry: Unusual Multi-Tool.

Recently I had to assemble some exercise equipment. Like most things that need a fair amount of "assembly required," it came with a tool. A neat little tool. A combination Phillips Driver, 1/4" Hex Bolt Wrench & 3/8" Square Bolt Wrench. I liked it so much I've decided to keep it as part of my E.D.C. Possibly going to move it into a future Skinth that should be released soon. For now it works well in my P3MT.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

General: 50,000 Visitors.

It seems I hit 50,000 visits sometime last month. I had not even noticed until several minutes ago. Amazing. I want to thank the people at OscarDelta UK and SnakeDr666, my editor at The New Artemis (I had a dog named Artemis once incidentally) and so many others who have helped spread the Florida Steampunker around the interwebz.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Announcement: New Article Up At The New Artemis.

You can read my article on how to introduce your child to pocket knives over at The New Artemis. They've just done a really awesome site redesign which I totally dig.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Product Awareness: LDK/OscarDelta "Stealth Snatch Bag 2."

I really, really love my Stealth Snatch Bag. Got it almost a year ago from OscarDelta SPD. It's a great ultralight solution for a wide array of things from incognito carry or just lightweight backpacking. So when the genius/geniuses at OscarDelta/LastDitchKit came out with a second version, made of more robust materials and with a velcro morale patch flag? I had to get one. But sadly being slow on the uptake recently left me missing out on the first batch. Fortunately you can place pre-orders for the "SSB2" here. They will make extras in accordance with how many area ordered instead of the original 4 units in each color. I'm looking forward to it. Might use it as a light weight EDC bag to further test how light my "Tiered E.D.C" can go.

You can read the full tech specs on the "SSB2" over at SnakeDr666's Tumblr page here. There are plenty of pictures to be seen throughout his Tumblr homepage as well.