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Hey guys, hope you all had a great weekend! I’m afraid my time on IG will be a bit limited in the coming week or two, my aunty is visiting so I’ll be pretty busy keeping everyone entertained with shopping trips and lunches, movies, pokie trips etc. Hopefully I’ll manage to squeeze in some training for sanity too! 😜 If I get the time I’ll post and comment, if I’m a bit quiet for a few days you’ll know why. I hope everyone has a cracking week and I’ll catch you when I can! Cheers! 😊🍻👍🏻 ..... @hinderer_knives @benchmadeknifecompany @lumintop_flashlight @reylight_lan @griffinpockettool ..... #rickhinderer #investigatorpen #benchmade #benchmadebugout #benchmade535 #reylight #reylightpineapple #lumintop #lumintopant #griffinpockettool #foldingknife #pocketknife #knivesofinstagram #knivesofig #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #edclifestyle #edclife #edcfamily #extremegentleman .....
Another new piece of kit from @hitchandtimber , notebook caddy 2.0 in english tan. Fits my @hinderer_knives Investigator pen and @victorinox Swiss Army Nespresso alox pioneer like a glove. Loving my new @timex Expedition Scout too. It’s all @copperberry_edc ’s fault, cause now I’m adding watches to my edc collection! 🙈😜👊🏻 P.S. Stay tuned for next week’s post as I am going to finally continue my behind the scenes series and share some magic photo processing “secrets”! 🤫 ..... @hitchandtimber @hinderer_knives @victorinox @victorinoxswissarmy @875fps @timex ..... #hitchandtimber #brasswerx #rickhindererpen #timex #timexwatch #timexexpedition #victorinox #myvictorinox #victorinoxswissarmy #aloxpioneer #swissarmyknife #sakarmy #sak4edc #foldingknife #pocketknife #knivesofinstagram #knivesofig #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #edclifestyle #edclife #edcfamily #extremegentleman .....
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So stoked to show you some new toys! Pocket Pal in english tan from @hitchandtimber which I absolutely freakin’ love and can’t keep my hands off (also bought one in crazy horse, see previous post). Holds my @benchmadeknifecompany Proper, @lumintop_flashlight Ant flashlight and @fisherspacepen Bullet pen and fits perfectly in my back pocket. Also finally got my hands on a killer brass pry bar from BrassWerx @875fps , such a stunning piece which I adorned with a Jack O’Lantern bead I snagged off eBay. Hit these guys up for some seriously awesome kit folks, not only great craftsman, but both dudes are really cool guys too! Have a great day! 😊🍻👍🏻 ..... @hitchandtimber @fisherspacepen @benchmadeknifecompany @875fps @lumintop_flashlight ..... #hitchandtimber #brasswerx #fisherspacepen #lumintopant #benchmade #benchmadeproper #foldingknife #pocketknife #knivesofinstagram #knivesofig #knifemods #knifeporn #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #edclifestyle #edclife #edcfamily #extremegentleman .....
I’m back. Sorry to disappear so abruptly, but sometimes life goes awry and we need a break to catch our breath. I am quite humbled by the response to my return and really appreciative to those who reached out to me. I offer you my sincerest thanks. I know a few of you are curious as to what happened so I will do my best to explain below. For those of you not interested, better stop reading now! 😏 ..... So as most of you are aware I don’t normally post personal stuff on my feed, but given the level of concern shown upon my return, I feel I owe a bit of an explanation. Before I continue I’d like to reiterate that this is not a pity post. It’s just the facts and will be the only time I speak of it. So a few of you are aware that I struggle with depression, anxiety & ptsd. Long story very short, I was a first responder 👮🏻‍♀️🚔 for 12 years and during that time saw and dealt with a lot of God awful shit that has never truly left me. When I retired, I struggled to re insert myself back into civilian life and I’ve struggled on and off ever since. Every time I seem to get a foothold of stability, life likes to pull the prop from under me and I’m back to square one. The latest prop pulling incident and the one that brought on this near meltdown is as follows. After 8 years of fighting advanced glaucoma with drops & laser treatment, I find out I am slowly going blind. So yeah that set off the mental health issues and before I knew it I was having a full on pity party for one. I know there is always someone who has it tougher, but when you have literally no support from family and you are the one caring for your 85 year old mum, you kinda start to get a bit pissy about life. While it’s a little more complicated, that about sums it up. I pretty much cried for a week, beat the shit out of my punching bag for a week and then kicked myself in the arse and started dealing with it like I deal with everything else, one day at a time. If anything, it’s put a rocket up my butt to not waste a minute more of feeling sorry for myself. I still have dreams to accomplish and I aim to accomplish them while I’m still able to do so. (Cont. in comments)
I was recently tagged by @bladeandbore to do the 5 for life. I could have easily done 6, 7 or 8 knives, but narrowed it down to a good variety which all suit my smaller hands. So top is my favourite little fixed blade, the EnZo Necker 70 (blue denim micarta). Next is my favourite folder, the Benchmade 319 Proper (micarta). Then comes the Benchmade 535 Bugout (ranger green), which is my lightest slicer and a good addition to my IFAK. Next is my favourite workhorse, the Opinel No. 08 Carbone (modded). Last but not least, the little folder with a big bite, the Spyderco Dragonfly 2 (pakkawood). So now it’s your turn @alnek_edc & @sharp_elegance ! 😊👍🏻 ..... @brisaltd @benchmadeknifecompany @opinelofficiel @spyderco_inc ..... #enzoknives #enzonecker #benchmade #benchmadeproper #benchmadebugout #opinel #opinel8 #opinelcarbone #opinelmod #spyderco #spydercodragonfly #fixedblade #foldingknife #pocketknife #knivesofinstagram #knivesofig #knifemods #knifeporn #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #edclifestyle #edclife #edcfamily #extremegentleman .....
Here’s another shot of the completed Opinel 8 mods. The top one is going out to my brother Steve. He is an avid camper/hiker and a pretty good dude who, shock horror, doesn’t own an Opinel! *gasp* So I thought I’d mod one for him. He lives in the bush, hence the house in the woods etched in the blade. I then filed his initials into the spine of the handle and just did a simple pattern at the base. The middle and bottom mods are all mine and definitely NOT for sale! Lol! Too much blood, sweat, tears & expletives went into their making to see them go! I’ve a feeling they will become permanent residents in my pocket and/or pack. Have an awesome day folks! 😊🍻👍🏻 ..... @opinelofficiel ..... #opinelmod #opinel #opinelcarbone #opinel8 #opinelknife #opinelknives #foldingknives #foldingknife #pocketknife #knivesofinstagram #knivesofig #knifemods #knifeporn #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #edclifestyle #edclife #edcfamily .....
Here’s a few BTS pics of my Opinel mods. I had a rough idea of what I wanted, however after a few hiccups along the way, plans changed and they kinda took on a life of their own. For starters I was going to do a forced patina on the blades, but as I was researching on YouTube I stumbled across salt water etching and decided to have a crack at that instead. To say I was anxious about using a car battery charger is an understatement. But it was actually quite a simple process, the hardest part was taping up the blades. I spent $20 on a roll of craft vinyl and another $6 on nail polish, but they were useless! In the end a $2.50 roll of electrical tape saved the day. Also I removed the outside collars no problem but couldn’t get the pins out to remove the blade. Thankfully attaching the battery clamp to the inner collar worked out fine. Once the blades were etched and cleaned it was time to file & sand the handles. After that ordeal, I am definitely buying a dremel for next time! I will also buy a drill so I can add a lanyard hole, which would have been a nice touch this time, but you work with what you’ve got. After the handles were sanded smooth, 120/360/600 grit, I hit them with a lighter to add some details. I started with a BIC, but after burning my fingers too many times, I changed to a blow torch lighter and it worked a treat. Much more precise too. The final touch was 7 coats of Tru Oil. Originally I was going to use Tung Oil but I sliced my knuckle trying to get the damn tin open which I couldn’t do, so I opted for Tru. It must have been fate intervening, cause I absolutely love the finish! Once the handles have completely cured, I will hit the blades up with a sharpening stone & strop. So that’s pretty much it. Nothing super hard, just a very time consuming, but rewarding project, which I am very thankful for attempting! 😊👍🏻 ..... @opinelofficiel ..... #opinelmod #opinel #opinelcarbone #opinel8 #opinelknife #opinelknives #foldingknives #foldingknife #pocketknife #knivesofinstagram #knivesofig #knifemods #knifeporn #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #edclifestyle #edclife #edcfamily .....
After 30+ hours and a mega learning curve, here they are, my first Opinel mods. Gotta say I am extremely happy with how they turned out. It’s been a long time since I’ve followed through on such a big project so I’m feeling pretty chuffed. More pics to come! Have a cracking day folks! 😊🍻👍🏻 ..... @opinelofficiel ..... #opinelmod #opinel #opinelcarbone #opinel8 #opinelknife #opinelknives #foldingknives #foldingknife #pocketknife #knivesofinstagram #knivesofig #knifemods #knifeporn #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #edclifestyle #edclife #edcfamily .....
Ironbark EDC - BTS Series - Ep II ..... Lighting: . Next to a great background, great lighting is also essential for successful EDC photography. But finding great lighting need not be difficult. If you follow a few simple guidelines, you can recreate beautiful even flattering light anywhere with no special equipment. Read on... . Avoid Harsh Sunlight - harsh sunlight produces blinding highlights and dark shadows, both of which will wash out the details in your pics. The exception to this rule is using shadows as a feature in your pic. Black & White pics can look awesome with shadows, coloured pics generally will not. If you have no option but to take a pic in full sun, try shading your subject with your body, the side of a building, a tree, etc., it will even out the light (see examples). . Use Window Light - window light especially when filtered by a lace curtain is just beautiful. The bigger the window the more even the light. But a narrow window with just a crack of light can produce a beautiful spotlight effect so try both (see example). . Shoot Outside On Cloudy Days - cloudy days produce great light and there is no need to worry about shadows as the clouds act as a natural diffuser. . Now for the description of this weeks pics... . Pic 1 - finished photo. . Pic 2 - raw photo, outdoors, natural shaded light. . Pic 3 - behind the scenes, wood chair sitting in the shed used as background & flooded with natural light. . Pic 4 - finished photo. . Pic 5 - raw photo, outdoors, natural shaded light. . Pic 6 - behind the scenes, weathered wood stump in full sun used as background, avoided harsh light & shadows by shading the subject with my body. . Pic 7 - finished photo. . Pic 8 - raw photo, indoors, natural filtered light. . Pic 9 - behind the scenes, stainless steel sink used as background, window light filtered by lace curtain. ..... Next Up: Image Processing ..... @brisaltd @hinderer_knives @lumintop_flashlight @reylight_lan ..... #enzoknives #enzonecker #hindererinvestigatorpen #reylightpineapple #lumintopant #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump .....
Ironbark EDC - BTS Series - Ep I ..... Backgrounds: . The background you choose for your pic can quite often make or break the shot. You can have the coolest gear in the world, but if your background is ugly and distracting rarely will your pic look any good. I’m a sucker for a clean, textured, even looking surface. I’m a bit OCD so I like balance and order, but sometimes a touch of crazy doesn’t go astray either. Any sort of wood, metal, stone, brick or concrete surface is perfect. If you are going for a vintage look, try and find aged and/or weathered surfaces as they have a tonne of character. If you want to completely highlight your gear try a plain background with complementary shades, dark colours are perfect. If you want a crazy background but want your gear to stand out try placing it on a plain hank within the crazy, so the details are not lost. But where do you find these backgrounds if you don’t have any? Well for starters backgrounds are EVERYWHERE! Floors, bench tops, counters, tables, the underside of your ottoman’s lid, cutting boards, clothing, old doors, concrete floors, steps, carpet, pavers, bathroom tiles, old tree stumps, old rusted barbecue plates, and the list goes on. In the end finding a good background really just comes down to your imagination and personal preference. So think inside and outside the box! . Pic 1 - finished photo. . Pic 2 - raw photo, nice complementary wood background, balanced layout. . Pic 3 - behind the scenes, this background was a wood cutting board placed on a table in the bathroom saturated with window light. More on lighting next time! 😉 ..... The Background Challenge . Post a pic with a “new” background that you found somewhere, it can be anything. Post the finished pic, followed by a behind the scenes pic. I’ll feature the posts of anyone who wants to play along in my story. Be sure to tag me in your post and/or comments! #ironbarkbackgroundchallenge ..... Next Up: Lighting ..... @brisaltd @hinderer_knives @lumintop_flashlight @reylight_lan ..... #enzoknives #enzonecker #hindererinvestigatorpen #reylightpineapple #lumintopant #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump .....
Ironbark EDC - BTS Series - Intro ..... Welcome to the first post in a series of “Behind the Scenes” uploads which will hopefully help cover some questions I’ve been getting in relation to my IG feed & EDC pics. First of all this is NOT a be all to end all series. There are hundreds of different methods to taking EDC pics and I do not profess to be an expert. I am simply providing some hopefully helpful tips to those who have requested them. So if you do not like my “methods” feel free to unfollow me, I will not be entering any debates about expertise and I will not tolerate rude comments. Momma always said, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all! Now that is out of the way, welcome. I truly hope for those of you who are seeking a little help or some ideas or inspiration, you find it here. ..... So about the series. Once or twice a week I will upload a post which covers one aspect of EDC photography. Each post will contain several images, showing both the finished pic & the raw untouched pic. It may also contain a single or set of behind the scenes pics (see examples posted). The pics will be listed in order with details in the caption section so be sure to read each one. On occasions I may need to add more info than the captions allow in which case I will add it to the comments. If you have a question about anything or need something clarified further, please ask in the comments so that I may answer on the post. You never know someone else may have the same question. Last but not least be patient. It takes a lot of time, practice and patience to learn something new, likewise it takes time to develop your own style. At the end of the day it’s supposed to be fun, after all! Anyway I hope you enjoy the series, please understand it takes a lot of time and effort to upload these posts, so I would appreciate knowing if you find them helpful! Cheers 🙃🍻👌🏻 ..... Next Up: Backgrounds ..... @brisaltd @hinderer_knives @lumintop_flashlight @reylight_lan ..... #enzoknives #enzonecker #hindererinvestigatorpen #reylightpineapple #lumintopant #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #knivesofinstagram .....
Today’s carry in honour of my dad, Frank, who served in the 66th Battalion BCOF, 2RAR & 3RAR during WW2 & Korea. Happy Father’s Day Pop! I hope the beer is cold and you are backing a winner. Love you always! Miss you more! 😘💕🍺🏇🏻 ..... @spyderco_inc @franxhanx @buckknives @fisherspacepen @hitchandtimber ..... #spyderco #spydercodragonfly #pakkawood #franxhanx #hitchandtimber #buckknives #buck55 #fisherspacepen #fisherbulletpen #pocketknife #foldingknife #knivesofinstagram #knivesofig #edc #edcgear #edccommunity #everydaycarry #pocketdump #pocketvomit #todayscarry #edcassembly #edclifestyle .....
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