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I have been trying to figure out how to safely and effectively carry a knife, flashlight, cell phone, and OC spray along with keys, pen, a pair of pliers, umpteen receipts, eight cents, and a dead rat.

OK, maybe not the dead rat. But I've been concerned about scratching the lens of the flashlight, and I *really* don't want to set off the OC spray in my pocket. Rather than devote a full pocket to each (as I have been), I just finished a little Kydex project to carry my flashlight, cell phone, and OC spray on my belt (see photo, below). This way I can carry my fat rolls of currency with nary a concern.

  1. Make a fake cellphone out of wood, and a fake OC spray cannister so you don't overheat either;
  2. Tape your flashlight, wood cellphone, and fake OC container together, with some spacing between them. I wrapped mine in paper then duct tape;
  3. Measure your pack and lay out the cuts for the Kydex and cut the basic outline (see sketch for the shape - your items will determine the dimensions):
  4. Heat the Kydex: I did mine at 250 degrees for five minutes or so - others run theirs hotter for a shorter time;
  5. Make folds #5, 6, and 7 (specifics in steps 6-9; see sketch for which fold is which):
  6. Place the Kydex on a towel with the 'outside' to the left, and the long beltloop part to the right (good side down);
  7. Lay the pack on the towel with the part that will be at the top to the left and the rearmost item closest to you;
  8. Arrange the pack so the right amount of 'peek out the top' is hanging over the leftmost lip of the Kydex;
  9. Pull the right side of your towel up and over to your left so the beltloop part flips over the top of your pack;
  10. Fold the two tab 'wings' straight up by pulling the near and far edges of the towel up;
  11. Hold everything in place for a couple of minutes to allow the Kydex to cool and become rigid. Don't sweat inaccuracies: that's what the blowtorch is for;
  12. Use a blowtorch to heat the tabs, and make fold 9 on both sides;
  13. Figure out where to make the slots in the back (for the tabs which keep the EDC items separate, and cut with a cutting wheel on a Dremel tool. There are probably other ways to do this, but that's what I used. Note that cutting these slots ahead of time would have been easier, as the tabs were kinda in the way. But I wasn't sure where they would go, and the ugliness of the fold/slot/tuck stuff is not visible when I'm wearing it;
  14. Heat the Fold #8 area with the blowtorch, and make the fold, tucking the tabs into the slots you just cut;
  15. Cool the Kydex to the point where it is rigid and you can handle it;
  16. Remove your forming pack and try your actual cell phone and OC spray cannister;
  17. Heat with the blowtorch and make any necessary adjustments. Note: if you heat the outside too much, you'll lose the matte finish. I heated mine mostly from the inside of the holster or the back. Be careful with overheating the OC cannister: it would be rough to explain to the wife why you just maced her kitchen if it exploded. PV=nRT;
  18. Heat the area for the first belt loop folds (#1 and 2) and fold the Kydex over your belt. Note: remove your belt from your waist before you do this;
  19. Heat the area for final belt loop folds (#3 and 4), and finish the belt loop - slide your belt in and out a few times so the Kydex isn't too tight;
  20. Using the Dremel tool (or creativity), cut the finger holes for popping out your cell phone and OC spray cannister. I used a cutting wheel then a routing bit, with a final sanding cylinder treatment;
  21. Voila!
Ultimately I plan to use add a tuckable mag holder to this, and will post an update when I get to it. And the next one I make may put the flashlight a little lower: that bezel is a bit uncomfortable. Maybe I should lose weight.

Folks, if you haven't started playing with Kydex, consider it. It's great fun!
Update: as it is now the tabs on either side of the cell phone push its buttons in and keep the display lit, killing the battery fairly quickly. If you're making a holster like this, don't make the tabs come up so high: I'll be milling mine down with the Dremel this evening.


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Sweet. I may try that after I finish my experiment with a FatBoy from Maxpedition. Who can say no to free gear, not me. So its time to experiment with a new way to carry all my gear.
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