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Materials science / Re: Sure-grip material source
« on: December 08, 2016, 06:38:49 AM »
What is your intended use for it ? I know several people, including myself that own a hsgi suregrip belt, and it wears out very fast. Especially when the neoprene rubs against other materials. In my case when using it with a plate carrier, when doing certain movements the bottom of the plate carrier rubbed against the neoprene, and within 5 or 6 weeks of use it was damaged badly. This is however also the fault of the poor design of the suregrip belt, when you put a drop leg holster and some pouches on it, the weight of it makes the belt turn around on its plastic stiffener. Leaving the neoprene exposed and vulnerable on the top. I E-mailed hsgi about it, and they told me it was normal wear and tear, they did however offered me 30% discount on a new belt because 5-6 weeks to have such a wear is an abnormal time span. Which i don't understand, if it's normal wear and tear, then you can't say that it happened abnormally fast... At that moment i just thought i had bad luck. But in the mean time i have seen 3 co-workers with the same problem. Needless to say, i will never buy or suggest anyone in buying a suregrip belt from them...
But to get back on point. If you plan on using it in a belt, i would suggest using a 3d mesh instead. Or do extensive fieldtests concerning the wear before you sell it, otherwise you will have some angry customers in the future..

I'm playing around with the idea of adding it to the back side of a hybrid inside the waistband holster.  No clue how it will work out or if it will be comfortable or not.  Just a wild idea I had the other day.

Haven't run into the issue with my HSGI belt that you mention, even used mine while on active duty in the Marine Corps.  I don't run a drop leg holster on it though, just a couple mags a blowout kit and a dump pouch.

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Materials science / Re: Sure-grip material source
« on: December 07, 2016, 07:35:00 PM »
Thanks! That's what I was looking for

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Materials science / Re: Stiffening belts.
« on: December 07, 2016, 12:20:57 PM »
Amazon has .060"x48"x96" sheet of HDPE for $33.40 free shipping. May be worth a look.

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Materials science / Sure-grip material source
« on: December 07, 2016, 12:01:17 PM »
Any idea where to get the material used on HSGI's sure-grip belts? It's even used on Yeti cooler shoulder straps.
My search turned up nothing...

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Vendors and sources / Re: Index Fasteners
« on: November 16, 2016, 03:54:07 PM »
If you are talking about cobra buckle prices, I think they are comparable. Along with them, GSI and paragear.com are the three prime American distributors. It might be worth checking with the other two to compare.

Chuck

Can't seem to get on GSI for some reason, keep getting an error page.

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Everything else / Re: Kydex Holster
« on: November 16, 2016, 02:44:01 PM »
Good looking stuff!

Thanks, I appreciate it!

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Vendors and sources / Index Fasteners
« on: November 16, 2016, 02:39:24 PM »
Any of you guys use Index Fasteners for buckles? (https://www.ifithermoplastics.com)
How do their prices compare? I only ask because I can order kydex supplies from them as well.

Thanks for any input,
-Kyle

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Concept, design, and engineering / Rigid belt/Belt stiffener
« on: November 14, 2016, 05:29:37 PM »
Trying to come up with a design for a rigid belt, maybe a two belt system. Since I'm a kydex holster manufacturer, I originally thought about making a .060" kydex lined belt. But then I ran across .060" HDPE. Any of you guys used this before?

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Everything else / Kydex Holster
« on: November 14, 2016, 09:16:26 AM »
Just thought I'd show off some of the kydex work I currently do. Can't wait to start making my own belts and rifle slings.
I think these pictures will show up, hopefully I posted them correctly.








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Introductions / Re: Another new guy...
« on: November 12, 2016, 07:38:13 PM »
I'll be sure to post some pics once I figure out how to

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Introductions / Re: Another new guy...
« on: November 12, 2016, 12:28:43 PM »
Thanks man

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Introductions / Another new guy...
« on: November 12, 2016, 09:01:57 AM »
Hello everyone,

My name is Kyle, I am an active duty Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. I started out in the kydex business earlier this year, looking to add some stitch work to my line of gear.
I hope to have a website up by the time I get out of the Marine Corps later this year.

-Kyle

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