Personally I like the character marks. I don't intend to polish it or anything. I think the scuffs and scratches say hey, this is not a light that sits on a shelf, this thing is loved and used and serves its purpose well.
With all credits to js - this was borrowed from his OUTSTANDING review of the LS20, which nbp already mentioned in the OP, and which you can find here. The excerpt below is a testament to how 'renewable' Don's ti lights are!
"Here's a great example: one Ti-PD, along with its owner, was involved in a motor cycle accident, and suffered a great deal of abrasion and scarring. The important thing is that the owner wasn't seriously injured in the accident, but of interest to us here, is what happened to his Ti-PD:
Nasty, ugly damage there! But, after some love and attention with sandpaper, files, and metal polish, look at the result:
Not bad, eh? Pretty damned good, in fact. Try that with a hard anodized aluminum light! This is what I mean by durable. If you want to, you can keep a titanium light looking beautiful and feeling great for a lifetime." Borrowed with apologies from js' review, "The LunaSol 20: the new benchmark for EDC Lights" - originally posted 1-11-2009. Review can be found in its entirety HERE.
Now NO WAY do I want to subject my lights to this kind of misfortune! But isn't it good to know that, should the worst happen, the lights can be restored. You can also find a cool photo essay on Don's restoration of a Haiku that went through a house fire!
McGizmos - gotta love 'em.
I think both of you are right. Much as I don't care about the exterior surfaces of my lights, it is also good to know that I could always restore the finish as much as I can.
damn, i really want a haiku! but 500$ for a 200 lumens flashlight is insane. not enough insane to keep me away from it forever, but it's still too much...
anyone wanna make a bet that i will stop carrying my other lights once i get my haiku?
It's growing on you, hey Andy?
That's the funny thing about Don's lights. On paper they don't seem especially amazing, but once you are using them you find they are strangely enchanting.
is it good to use nyogel on my mcgizmo?
I love my Gizmo's ! Here are a couple of Haiku's shown along with a Delghi/McGizmo lego , Delghi Ti Iris, Saltytri EDC XM-L , Saltytri two tone XM-L and a couple of Ti trit pendants from fellow CPF member Ryan. The Haiku's ,Delghi lego and Saltytri EDC are on my regular EDC rotation. They look and function too nicely to sit in the safe.
I've been at the cabin a couple nights now. Really liking my Haiku up here in the dark.
On low it is great in the cabin. In med and hi it totally lights up the driveway or beach or yard, so te dogs and I feel safe (from lurking critters).
At 3am when one of the dogs wanted out I started with my sapphire. That little sucker is bright when there at no other lights nor stars or moon out.
Well I swapped the LEDs in my haiku and my mule..... I thought it would be hard...
It could not have been easier.... Took one minute!
A tribute to the elegant design of Don's lights!
I now have a high CRI haiku and a warm XPG mule!
Now I just need it to get dark.
Now just waiting for my JHanko LF3XT to be made.
My Lights In Detail
Originally Posted by pjandyho
Say wha??? What did you buy now?! I told you you'd want more, didn't I?!
Those are some seriously gorgeous lights man!! I've seen some nice sweet blades in your pics too, and your handle on Atwood's blog. You've got an outstanding pile of EDC gear.Originally Posted by cw_mi
I keep seeing these Delghi lights, and they are really lovely looking. I am afraid to investigate though as I really can't afford to get attached to another custom builder.
And Don have such great service it is nice doing business with him.
Let us review: First I saw a post that mentioned PWM. That would have quelled the deal for me.
THEN I saw a post reffering to the price of these.... Not a freaking chance!
Thanks ! Although I do like Atwoods work I am not on his blog. Might be someone else. The Delghi is a very underrated light, once you've seen ,held , used one you would see. The only drawback is the lack of a clip , which for a serious EDC I have to have. I do collect the Delghi's but generally don't carry them much. Unfortunately the only place to get one is on the secondary market since he no longer makes them , well there might be a few special ones being made but I think those are all spoken for.
Let's just say that I saw the price and that freaked me out alright. Need I know more? I guess I will only start looking when I know I can afford.
That said, I have no idea why I was tempted to try one out right now even though I don't feel very rich. Why did you have to start this thread and get me tempted? LOL!
does Delghi have a website where i can see his lights?
(Rant On) Alternatively and with regards to the quoted comment has anyone noticed lately that when ever a McGizmo user/fan talks about our lights in a McGizmo thread we always seem to get slightly condescending comments from people that have never even held one of the lights? OK we get it, they are expensive and not for everybody. I only own 1. I'm not a collector and I'm not even remotely wealthy. I "saved" my money to buy what I got. It took me almost a full year of research and reading to make the purchase. Maybe people that elect to buy expensive lights should go into threads concerning cheaper lights and make condescending comments about why anyone would spend hard earned money on inferior products when you could spend a little more and buy something with an excellent reputation. To each their own! It's as simple as that. (Rant Off)
Last edited by JWRitchie76; 10-23-2011 at 08:54 AM.
Lux Ex Tenebris
where should my haiku go in my collection lineup?