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Mil-spec goodies at TwinNeedle (NZ)

A piece of kit being built at TwinNeedle using Kryptek material
A piece of kit being built at TwinNeedle using Kryptek material

 

New Zealand outdoor gear maker and repair specialist TwinNeedle  is holding nothing back when it comes to stoking up on components for their products and services. Matt Hobbs took me on a personal tour recently to show me all the mil-spec goodies in his store. All military grade plastic & metal buckles, tri-glides, fabrics, zippers and webbing of various colors, sizes and patterns dominates the storage area. I can only see quality stuff in store.

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A visit to New Zealand custom backpack maker TwinNeedle in Christchurch

Custom made tactical & hunting gear TwinNeedle of New Zealand
Custom made tactical & hunting gear TwinNeedle of New Zealand

After several exchanges of emails with Matthew Hobbs of New Zealand’s custom backpack maker TwinNeedle in Christchurch, I finally made it to their new factory located at 402 Tuam Street (not too far off Fitzgerald Ave). I wanted to visit them weeks earlier but a bout of unfortunate events held our meeting off. Matt suggested that I visit them when they are more settled down at their new location as it would have more space for products and their workshop. Oh boy…was I in for a big surprise. Continue reading A visit to New Zealand custom backpack maker TwinNeedle in Christchurch

Fabulous kydex key fobs by 362 Custom Kydex

You can design your own design and get Peter of 362 Custom Kydex to make it for you
You can design your own design and get Peter of 362 Custom Kydex to make it for you

Peter from 362 Custom Kydex did it again with his recent kydex key fob offerings. I cannot resist custom made EDC gadget like these as I believe the world is way too boring to have everything standard and off the shelf. After spending years in the army, I have learn to hate monotonous lifestyle and will try my best to stay away from it as much as possible. Here are some pictures of Peter’s new kydex key fobs offering.

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Custom EDC pack design sewn by Garrison Packs

My own EDC pack design based on Kifaru & HPG. Refined from some sketches I made years ago
My own EDC pack design based on Kifaru & HPG. Refined from some sketches I made years ago

A few years ago, I came up with my own custom EDC pack design inspired by brands like  Kifaru, HPG, Mystery Ranch and S.O.Tech. Each of these brands have particular models with characteristics and features I like a lot. Since I didn’t know anyone back then who could turn my design into reality, I shelved the ideas and sketches. Packs after packs I tried and I still long for a fully custom built pack. Now that I have come to know Malaysian custom pack maker Garrison Packs, I started re-sketching my designs again. I tested Ben’s capability with the custom sling pouch and decided to commission him to make my EDC pack design a reality.

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Custom sling pouch by Garrison Packs

My first custom sling EDC pouch made in Malaysia by Garrison Packs
My first custom sling EDC pouch made in Malaysia by Garrison Packs

I finally had the chance to field test the custom sling pouch done up by Malaysian custom bag maker Garrison Packs. As usual, Ben was superbly accommodating, knowing well by now that each of my orders needed to be completed yesterday! I have tried many products as my every day carry. I have tried brands like Mountainsmith (models Day & Tour), LBT14868A and even an old Eagle Industries waist pouch. They are all great but somewhat each and everyone of them falls either in the category or too small or too big. So, I decided to make a sketch of what I wanted and the size for Ben to make for me.

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EDC Kydex wallet by 362 Custom Kydex

A work in progress wallet made out of Kydex - see 362 Custom Kydex on Facebook
A work in progress wallet made out of Kydex – see 362 Custom Kydex on Facebook

Peter of 362 Custom Kydex recently showed me a custom kydex wallet he was making for a customer. Yup…you heard that right folks…an everyday carry wallet made out of kydex. I was apprehensive with the idea initially but after having a closer look at it, I reckon it is really an awesome piece of kit. Ordered mine immediately and a few more for mates for Christmas.

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Kifaru Marauder in need of side pouches

My Kifaru Marauder needs some extra space.
My Kifaru Marauder needs some extra space.

I needed some extra side pockets on my Kifaru Marauder for a last minute trip to New Zealand. I hate it when work does this to you. I have already sold my much hated Camelbak Trizip and the Marauder is the only pack available for use at the moment. I contacted Ben of Garrison Packs and ask him if he would help me do the pouches asap. I can sense the hesitation initially but his tone of voice changed as soon as he heard the pouches are for a Kifaru. Kinda says a lot about the brand name you carry though. Ben…being the nice guy he is agreed to do the pouches for me with the condition I would try out the new material he just bought. It is lighter version of a pack cloth. Why not?

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Kydex holsters maker in Malaysia

ThreeSixTwo (TST) Kydex on Facebook
ThreeSixTwo (TST) Kydex on Facebook

I was recently contacted by a reader asking about a particular kydex holsters maker in Malaysia that goes by the name TST Kydex. TST Kydex kept popping up whenever there’s a discusion about kydex holsters, knife sheaths and just about any other thing that can be kydex fitted. This kydex sheath maker seems to have good ravings among my circle of friends. Certainly, he must be quite good if gun owners in Malaysia goes to him for kydex holsters.

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My design to bag maker Garrison Packs

Some pack designs I was working on
Some pack designs I was working on

I have finalized a few designs for Malaysian bag maker Garrison Packs to make for me. Its been a few sleepless nights trying to come up with the designs. There are many features and ‘characters’ from various brands and models of nylon products in the market that I really like and trying to Frankenstein all of them into a single unit has not met with much success. Thankfully, I got a call from Ben (owner of Garrison Packs) and he assured me, the best approach for the first design is clean and simple.

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