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Old 03-13-2018, 04:34 AM
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:00 AM
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That's great!
They missed an opportunity though to make the battery icon at 3%.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:15 AM
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I have a Blank Forces Titanium EDC pen. Originally intended as a Father's Day gift for my Dad, but he died before it was done being made. One of the last conversations I had with him was customizing this.

His wife gave it back to me when it arrived. I like this pen a lot, and I was using it today and thought, "Hey, I wonder what it looks like under the microscope?"

So, first off, playing around with the 100mm macro lens I bought...





Then, onto the microscope...



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Old 03-19-2018, 07:25 AM
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This is the cap slightly twisted open... one of the features of these pens are the nearly seamless look when the pen is completely closed.

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M3D made a splash on the 3D printer market for Kickstarting a cheap, small 3D printer at a consumer price. I bought into the hype, but the results are mixed. I mean, I can sometimes get it to work well, especially if the print is small, but the quality is inconsistent. The best I've gotten from it are the microscope photos of the mistakes. :grin:

I mean, I knew it was a cheap 3D printer, so I expected it to be difficult, so I don't feel like I was robbed. It was an OK entry-level 3D printer. However, I haven't used it much recently, partly due to the fact that I get such inconsistent results.

Well, I'm falling for the M3D hype again. They just announced a new 3D printer form, and it's got the features I'd want in a 3D printer, but with a twist! You can get it with a 1, 2, or 4 filament head, and the preorder price is under $350-550.

I bought a dual head model.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:37 PM
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We had deck work done in March, but the snowstorm happened in the middle of it and the deck workers did a less than typically shitty job of cleaning up the worksite. The deck railing uprights are aluminum, and for the stairs they needed to cut the tops off at an angle. They only got about 1/2 of the leftovers, so I keep on finding things that look like large, black staples in the yard. They're perfect for poking into dog's feet. I pick them up as soon as I find them, and today I found one. Unfortunately, this time I thought I might make it less dangerous before I threw it out, and bend the pointy bits inward.

My Gerber Dime did not survive the process:
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The worst part? The partially bent aluminum flew off into the yard and now I can't find it.
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I switched to a Leatherman PS4 for my pocket sized multi-tool, but it has a rough edge that's not good for my pocket or anything it's sharing the pocket with.

A quick search of EDC sites and it looks like the Gerber Dime is still a favorite among people who like small, useful multi-tools. This is the first problem I've had with mine, and I've had it for years. Looks like I'm getting another.
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I know - I hate these little fuckers, and I'm surprised I found another, because I've been looking for them.
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I've got a Leatherman 200, and I like it and use it a lot, but it's a little unwieldy to carry, and it can be hard to get open too, especially if you're trying to get at the smaller tools in the middle.
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I've got a Leatherman 200, and I like it and use it a lot, but it's a little unwieldy to carry, and it can be hard to get open too, especially if you're trying to get at the smaller tools in the middle.
I have very specific requirements. I always carry a multi-tool that's "keychain" size in the watch pocket of my pants. It needs Philips and standard screwdrivers, pliers and an optional knife or scissors. The a that's where the Dime was carried. The only real competitor to the Dime was the Leatherman Squirt PS4 (what I carried until the Dime), and the Style PS. The Style PS was nice, but a bit larger than the Dime, and the scissors kept on breaking.

(I feel like I've written this all before somewhere on this forum... my EDC hasn't changed much in the last few years.)

I have a Leatherman OHT (One Handed Tool) which I have in my bag weekdays and wear on my belt weekends, which I enjoy because it's pretty good about having all the tools one-handed open, and everything locks. However, this was walking the dog Monday morning, so I had the Dime with me.
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