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Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag 586

Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,215 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« on: April 08, 2019, 05:19:04 PM »
One of the few benefits of being me (and there are very few!) is that occasionally someone will design something cool and contact me to have a closer look at it.  This happened recently when Adrian from damneddesigns.com contacted me and asked me to have a look at some of his designs.  Naturally, I was intrigued- read on to see what I got and what I thought.



It wasn’t long before they arrived- and I say “they” because Adrian sent along three items- the Tag, a dog tag shaped multitool, the Pound and the Gram, two different knuckle dusters.  I warn you in advance, I don’t know a lot about knucks, and I couldn’t find anyone willing to help me test them properly, so my info on them might be a bit vague!



I’ll start off with the similarities of each though- they all come with a neat zippered case with the Damned EDC logo and website on them, and I have to say, it’s a very cool logo.  The case is also cool, so if nothing else, you get a cool looking case to stick your earbuds in.  :D



All three are made from titanium making them nice and light despite their size.  The Tag is 10mm thick, 35mm wide and 62mm long, so it is a sizeable piece despite being the smallest of the bunch, and yet it weighs in at only 29 grams, or less than half of the weight of a Victorinox Compact.



The Tag also has 4mm, 6mm, 9mm and 10mm hexagonal wrenches cut into it, and while I haven’t tried them all, the 6mm (standard ¼” slot) fits a standard bit with no amount of play.  Like all one piece type tools, this one will require you to hold the bit with your thumb to keep it from going all the way through during use.  What’s cool is that the 4mm slot also functions as a lanyard/chain hole so you can wear it just like a normal dog tag.



Last up for the Tag is the bottle opener.  This is always an interesting challenge (whether I use it on an adult beverage or not!) as almost every tool has a bottle opener, and yet so many bottle openers, even from major manufacturers, are absolute crap.  The Tag doesn’t suffer that problem though, and it fired off a beer cap with almost no effort at all.



I think that what I like best about all of these is that, unlike so many small makers, the Tag (and indeed the Pound and Gram as well) seems like an actual, finished product.  So many of the Kickstarter type tools that you se nowadays really suffer from production marks and seem raw and unfinished, but the Damned EDC products are stone washed as part of their post milling.  The edges are all smooth and have a fantastic tactile feel, like something that you have been carrying for years, even though they are brand new.  As someone who has tested tools from big names, small names and everything in between, I can very much appreciate that.



This makes the knucks quite comfortable.  Both the Pound and the Gram have edges that are slightly rounded, and the smoothness of the titanium make these almost a joy to slip over your fingers.  I have seriously considered wearing the Pound as a regular ring, although it is a bit bulky for that, at least on my slim fingers.



This leads me to a bit of a concern regarding these- I have small, almost lady like fingers and I find that both the Pound and the Gram seem to fit me quite nicely, which makes me wonder how many others out there would find them comfortable?  There’s a bit of play in them when I slip them on, but I know guys with fingers much larger than mine, and I will have to see how comfortable they are to them.



On a “tactical” type note, I’d like to suggest that if you should ever get either of these, please note that there is a side with the logo milled into it and a “sterile” side- make sure you know which side you are using should you ever be required to put the Pound or Gram into service- your lawyer will appreciate it!



All in all, they are extremely high-quality tools that are a joy to own and play with, and I am quite fond of them.  They are a great choice for anyone wanting something cool and tactical, but also functional.



Pros:
•   Excellent feel
•   Great Carry case
•   Lightweight
Cons:
•   Remember to use the “sterile” side
•   Size may be an issue for some
•   Limited functions

Def

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No Life Club Posts: 2,970
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2019, 01:39:27 AM »
In my opinion Grant, these are a bit too "tacticool" in my opinon. Other than being a form of a knuckeduster (which in and of itself can get you into trouble in a lot of states), they really don't seem to be practical for anything--except the Tag. Now I could see that as something adding to a necklace carry. Been meaning to get a Kydex neck sheath for my Ladybug for a couple years now, never got around to it.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,423
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2019, 05:51:28 AM »
I don't really see dusters as multitools :D

Not even as tools to be honest..

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,215 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2019, 02:13:41 PM »
Me either, which is why I tended to provide more details on the Tag, which is a multitool.

The Pound and Gram are just cool for what they are, and further examples of great attention to proper production.   :tu:

Def

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No Life Club Posts: 1,351
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2019, 03:56:37 PM »
Don't quote me on this but I thing that you are supposed to place the knuckle duster higher on the fingers, so that finger joints fit in to the hole. This enables the finger to move out of the way when you hit something so the force is distributed in to your palm and not on the fragile bones of the fingers...  :D

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,423
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2019, 12:39:30 PM »
In other words: don't mess with lister :dwts:

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No Life Club Posts: 1,351
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 03:13:34 PM »
In other words: don't mess with lister :dwts:


I'm all for people not messing with me! Especially as I was never in a fight and prefer not to be in the future.  :ahhh

All my knowledge regarding knuckle dusters comes from youtube. And we all know how reliable that is...  :D

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,678 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2019, 03:02:43 AM »
Not all that legal in Canada.

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,215 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2019, 08:18:04 PM »
Not all that legal in Canada.

Not in the least, no.

Feel free to send the RCMP by.  I'll wait!  :D

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,678 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2019, 11:22:12 PM »
Forwarned is forarmed...and I know you being a former bouncer, would know that. I stated that for those in Canada who may be somewhat ignorent of the law. As for the RCMP...no worries. I hear you are not in Ottawa anymore.  :hatsoff:  :D

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,215 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2019, 11:35:07 PM »
Depending on how things go this October, we may not be ever again!   :ahhh

Besides, you can get away with almost anything in Ottawa- no police officers give tickets because you never know who it is that you are giving a ticket to...

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2019, 12:06:38 AM »
If they get shipped as "Paperweights", customs will let them pass.

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,678 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2019, 12:31:56 PM »
I do hope sincerely that the best outcome happens for the two of you Def. As for Ottawa, it is a nice place to visit but I could never see myself living there...and this comes from someone who was born in Cornwall, only an hours drive south of Ottawa.

microb...as paperweights, they would make a beautiful addition to any office space.

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,215 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Damned Designs Gram, Pound and Tag
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2019, 12:39:46 PM »
As a bit of an anarchist, Ottawa is not a good place for me to be either.   :facepalm:

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.

 

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