How Many Is Too Many?

Barman1

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Can we see what an insert looks like for the Zippo? Just out of curiosity. Thanks if you can.

Edit: Just looked it up, the whole thing just slips into the frame, got it now.
Yup, easy peasy.
And to add, I weighed the textured brass and it's roughly a half ounce heavier.
Makes sense it's sturdier.
 

cbach8tw

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I like baggy clothes with big pockets. I live in a desert. Usually I have a wenger patriot in the left front pocket and a sak huntsman in a belt pouch. An sak money clip, 24 hr coin, wallet, small notebook and pen, 32 or 380 cal pistol with spare mag. I like to wear a vest with a lotta pockets when appropriate and sometimes redistribute all this stuff I carry. I don't carry a flashlight or a larger multitool.

This reminds me of happy times as a kid, I remember back in the late 70s and early 80s, I loved my Bomber jacket, it had lots of pockets to store small items. My friend and I would play downed pilots or soldiers and we would wander in the creek or snow trying to avoid enemy soldiers. I had one of those little plastic tools with a small blade and cap lifter, think it was a kitchen tool or picked up at a cash register, I carried it with pride in my left arm zippered pocket. Along with a pad of paper and small pencil in the pen slot. Just cool to carry gear. Fast forward to today, I like a SA Alox Pioneer with tools, easy to slip into my pocket or in a slip. I have always liked a camp style knife with tools, I looked for several different ones with different tools....saw, corkscrew, etc.....you get the idea.
 
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cbach8tw

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You know there are too many when you have to clear out the drawers in your dresser.......to make room to put your socks and underwear!!! Obviously there are other things in there before the socks and underwear!! OR.......when you are playing with your knives, and you state that this or that one is one of your favorites....and your daughter subtly reminds you that you say that for all of them!!:p
 

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At one of my jobs, managing a combination convenience store/pizza parlor/game room, assistant manager, and PT bartender, and cover charge booth attendant at three night clubs and a strip club, and VP of security, I carried a LLama .45 ACP, 9mm Luger Tokerov, (or S&W J frame .38 Spcl/357 Magnum revolver), in a SOB and shoulder holster, and a Chrome plated Locerin .380 in my fanny pack, (along with extra mags for the pistols. company policy was "If you're on company property, you will be armed." I was also part owner of the company, so it was legal for me to concealed carry on company property.) a Old Timer 7OT or Buck 460, and roughly 10 pounds of keys (over 350 keys on my belt. I had keys to every door at every company business location, and all storage location, plus my personal house and vehicle keys), a Mag light mini-Light (double AA batteries) or a triple D cell Mag light, from 1990 to 1994 and 1995 to 1999. From late 1999 to 2007 I didn't need to carry a pistol or revolver, and had a lot less keys after we relocated to Nevada, Florida, and Idaho. (Yeah, it was a PIA flying from ID to FL and back, or driving to Nevada from Idaho and back.)
According to the scale, I was toting an "extra" 30 pounds every day, before the move to Nevada. :)

I haven't found what is "too much" yet. :)
 

GB940Rookie

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The majority of the time I carry one folder, wallet, keys and my cell phone. Nighttime, away from the house, add a small flashlight.

Sometimes I’ll carry a small edc pouch as a wallet and flashlight carrier. It also houses a small notepad, pen, lip balm, spare battery and some bandaids.

Backpack for anything else.

And always a firearm.
 
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i cant rotate mine fast enough, i recently did inventory and forgot over 11 after i took them all out and took the picture and put them back - I've since added to them, its gotten to the point where im selecting some to give away to friends and family, ill take some knives out and do a rapid rotation in the garden and use them all just to get some use out of them, but if you really think about it --- some people over buy purses, jordans (sneaker heads) gold jewelry. we just overbuy tools, nothing wrong with it, tools are investments, no one bats an eyelash at someones 36-piece pistol collection, so why is it bad to own over 120 knives ? D;
 
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Speaker phone so there’s no need to be holding it up to your ear.
So now you're on speaker phone looking for that item you dropped with your phone flashlight as everyone around you is rolling their eyes being forced to listen to your conversation. What fun!

The only person I understand less than phone flashlight guy is talks on speaker phone when others are around lady. You've now combined them! :eek::D
 

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So now you're on speaker phone looking for that item you dropped with your phone flashlight as everyone around you is rolling their eyes being forced to listen to your conversation. What fun!

The only person I understand less than phone flashlight guy is talks on speaker phone when others are around lady. You've now combined them! :eek::D

Glad I could help lol.
 
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Keyopp

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One folder, clipped RFP (typically only one, but some rare occurrences of an extra slipjoint/sak.) Zippo, edc size flashlight, Ridge wallet, phone, keys (car fob and house key only), watch.

On work days I have a backpack for my laptop and iPad so wallet, keys and occasionally the flashlight will ride there.

Weekends/working around home adds a fixed blade.

Camping/hiking/fishing, all bets are off, gear-o-plenty time.

... I don’t consider a phone an acceptable flashlight substitute. In a pinch, sure, but not equivalent for me.
 

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If you have any good reason to carry around a tool belt/ pouch/ bag all day,
it opens up a lot of possibilities and necessities to carry around all kinds of stuff.
The lightest I go is a Spyderco Delica in board-shorts and everything else is carried
either in my hands or left in the truck.
I feel like if you can't comfortably crawl, climb, sprint, and jump, you've got too much stuff.
If you've got so much crap in your pockets that your back hurts on extended car rides, that's too much in the back pockets.
During the summer, when I'm drenched in sweat, more than a knife and cell phone that I basically have to have is too much.
I'm big fan of only keeping in my pockets what I'll use at least once an hour and keeping everything else in a bag or pouch.

I like ways to easily attach and remove things from your person like velcro, snaps, and clips.
I hate digging through my pockets which tends to limit the amount I carry in my pockets all day.
 

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I usually travel pretty light with one EDC modern folder in my right front along with a business card case with a few of mine and singles for my doctors and few VT contacts under one flap and 3-key and 2-key sets flat-joined as pivots for Cape and VT houses in the other. Left front is my wallet. Phone goes into a leg pocket if I'm wearing long or short Carrharts or cargos, otherwise it slips behind my wallet. I always carry a tiny single-CR123A Fenix light which will live in the bottom of either front depending on whether I have a knife I worry about scratching or not.

I have a multi-tool in a sheath that I rarely slip onto my belt as I usually have access to all the appropriate tools that I'd need for any task at hand on a job site, in either of my workshops at home, in a vehicle, or when we're up in VT at camp or out in the Ranger. My 3 sets of car and truck keys have detachable clips so they can each be carried fob/key only in a back or shirt pocket with a larger set of house, shop, PO, trailer, and misc keys separate and locked in that day's vehicle when away from it or secure in house or camp.
 

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One decent folder on me.

Knives/tools in kitchen, truck, garage, backpack, work (bar) take care of that next level.
 

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This is not an easy question to answer as it depends on what you are doing or intending to do and what you are wearing.

Lightweight: When I'm in a S&T or similar, lightweight folder (Endura, Pacific Salt, or ...) along with a SAK (Spartan or similar) is about all I carry.

Medium weight: Jeans or heavier khakis will be sporting an Emerson CQC-8 or Horseman along with maybe a large CS Voyager; and a LM.

Heavy: Jeans or cargo pants and a heavier belt allow for a larger/heavier folder such as my beloved favorites CS AD-10 or ZT 630 or an Emerson CQC-8, 10, 11 or Super Commander; and, of course, a LM.

A Bic lighter and perhaps a small flashlight are just "there" and count.

When hunting I have a folder and a LM on my person and fixed blade in my pack.

Anymore, I tend to favor two folders - one for me and a beater/loaner with the latter being lightweight and typically smaller than my usual 3.5 - 4" sweet spot.

Truth be told, I could do just about everything with an AD-10 and a LM Wave ... or less; but what fun would that be?
 

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Off work: one folder, keychain with a little Squirt on it.
At work: probably a couple of pounds of gear, including a fixed blade and a folder.
 
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All you'll usually find me with is a modern folder, small flashlight, and a mid sized Leatherman. I don't always have the Leatherman. On occasion I'll also carry a non locking traditional folder that I like just for fun. Good modern folders are strong enough that I don't EDC a fixed blade. I try to keep some common sense emergency supplies and a first aid kit in my vehicle, but there's no way you can account for everything all the time.

I used to use my phone as a flashlight. It's too fragile and easy to drop, not all that bright, and I would rather conserve my phone's battery for phone stuff. I use rechargeable batteries, but I can usually find some AAA batteries in an emergency. The phone is a good backup in case the flashlight is completely out of service, but that's about it.

A wilderness survival scenario is pretty unlikely in the middle of the mall, or even the rural town I come from. Someone who lives in a very remote area knows better than to rely on EDC gear to get by. Carry what you need daily and pack a backpack with the rest.
 
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