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"walls of the city" will be ceasing operations as of 01JUN15. Please see this post for more details.

dragon leatherworks and ncis

Everyone remember the all-of-maybe-one-second-of-airtime that Dragon Leatherworks’ spiffy lunchbox received during the NCIS episode “Playing With Fire”?  Well if that was hitting the bigtime (and it was), I do not even know how to categorize this: 

Note the banner on the upper right. 

Note the guy in the green shirt. 

Banner again. 

Really blurry banner. 

Behold the whole banner and the guy in the green […]

ingsoc would be proud

The rule of law is dead in the District of Columbia.

Of course, this is nothing new, given that the federal government calls that not-quite-state home, but this time around I am referring to the laws specifically governing that postage stamp of a municipality.

Exhibit 1:

Exhibit 2:

District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition, Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25, Unit A, Subchapter VI, § 7-2506.01, section […]

testing the waters

Is there a market for a nicer, prettier, leather version of something like this?  Instead of being MOLLE-mounted, it would be on a shoulder strap, or maybe even belt loops, and would operate on the same basic principle.  It seems hunters are more fond of pouches that hold whole boxes of shells as they are, rather than in little loops, but not being a hunter, I am not sure what would be preferred. 

Why […]

dress like a bad-ass

And speaking of The Avengers, if you want a belt like what Agent Nick Fury wore in the movie (as seen on the right), speaking from experience, Endeavor Stitchworks makes ones that are pretty darned close. I have been wearing mine for over a year now, and have been quite satisfied indeed.

For those curious, the buckle on the belts is (or is meant to look like, in the movie’s case) a AustriAlpin […]

the best belt and soldiers’ angels

I might actually be getting good at this… Since yesterday, thanks to some more kind generosity, the donation amount for the Soldiers Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway was pushed up to $405, as the ticker to the left shows. My personal goal was to get this shindig to four digits, and I am starting to think that might actually be possible.

So, to encourage you wonderful folks to open your wallets a little wider, I […]

pretty colors

Well, I made it to yellow sash. 

Screwed up the Fifth Road of Tán Tuǐ* a little, and missed a step in my third staff spin during its form, but I did them all perfectly during the pre-test earlier this week, so I guess the instructor bore that in mind.  Still, it feels good to have something around my waist, even if it is a floppy little sash thingy…  (Tae kwon do belts are […]

a little too tight around my head

In a classic case of me being me, I jumped the gun a little, spoke out of turn, and need to clarify a few points from yesterday’s post regarding Endeavor Stitch Works‘ products.

To begin with, Kary has published his belts’ warranty at his How To Order page:

If any of my gear lets you down or you are disappointed, I will do my absolute best to resolve an issues. I will warranty […]

a snake around your waist

A bit back, I spoke about Ares Gear’s Ranger Belt as a potential replacement to my inevitably-failure-prone 5.11 belts. If, however, you want the same basic idea at 2/3s the price and in a bare fraction the time, Endeavor Stitch Works and Gear has you covered with their Cobra Gun Belt.

You can read a rather comprehensive thread full of reviews, pictures, and comments here with some more information here, but the only significant […]

apparently i need better hardware

At Weer’d’s request, behold the crappy video of the new R2C intake for the Bullitt:

Unfortunately, both my Flip and my cell phone appear to want to listen to the belts in the engine far more than the intake itself, but if you listen past the belt noise, you can hear the actual combustion going on… What is funny is that you do not hear that annoying whine in the slightest bit back […]

eventually, everything falls down

This, ladies and gentlepeople, is what happens to a 5.11 Stitched Leather Casual Belt after two years’ worth of every-other-day wearing:

As you can hopefully see, despite the difficulty in photographing it, the Permastiff insert inside the belt broke in two places, and has moved around inside the belt… The breaking was due to my using those two belt holes exclusively (one for IWB, one for OWB), and the repeated bend-out involved in […]