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    Hi everyone let's see if we can get a decent thread goin, what is your current best light and what is ur dream light.

    I'll start current grail 2xcr123 mcgizmo haiku al-ti powdercoat

    Dream grail jeff hanko trident in copper

    I'd love to see the grails some of the makers have/want

    So how bout it CPF?
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    Great thread idea, Weld ... and posts with photos are quite welcome, by the way
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    Want grail: TN40SVN
    Best light: Acebeam K60
    Sc600MKIII HI, E14, G20, M43 Meteor, K60, L6, D4, TX25C2VN

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    Love it! I don't think I'll ever get one but my grail is an AA Mag Vari-Beam. I have almost every other Maglite and I've only ever seen one. I'd also like a 7D in blue or red.
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    Wow! Good idea for a thread.

    Can't wait to see what some folks hold out as their grail.

    For my collection I've already obtained most of the Grails I never thought I'd obtain... Maglite VareBeam and Marquis for starters. A couple of pre-1920 lights were acquired in excellent condition that I had never figured would or could be acquired... at least in my budget range. The latest of those was a steel Franco toy pistol flashlight from about 1912 with enough tarnish to look really old but no rust or alkaline leak damage. None.

    In LED lights a few prototypes were obtained from none other than PK himself. 2 prototype weapon lights and the first one off the assembly line prior to polish and coating taking place. A prototype cerekoted FL2 that was used to test the durability is one of my favorite EDC lights.

    The grail I'm still hoping to obtain won't mean much to most. But it was a light my pop used to let me hold for him many moons ago. A Radio Shack knock off of a 1st generation Kel-Lite with a 2nd generation medium head. If it's any conscelation, Don Keller built me a knock off of that Radio Shack knock off.

    I've manage to find a whole bunch of lights I never figured on. Some took a while like a minty 1st gen 2C Kel-Lite and others I figured don't even bother to Google like a Daylo Soldier Boy light issued to soldiers in WW1 were obtained in both blue'd and nickel plated with about 2 hours of searching. Recently a 2 year search paid dividends on a minty ARC AAA LE. And for about 1/2 what I figured would have to be spent.
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    My grail is an HDS Executive Clicky made of 7075 with an XP-L HI V2-3A 5200K. Since we're going grail, I'd like 500 on high and the ability to send the light back in for emitter swap, if I deem it necessary to upgrade.

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    Honestly, I don't really have grails. If there's a light I see that I want bad enough, I hustle until I make it happen.

    My best light, or the one I'm most proud of that I had to hustle to get is, first and foremost, my Sigma Damascus Copperhead Regulus. Man did I sell to get that one. Sold knives, lights, iirc I sold a McGizmo Mule, an Okluma, and a knife to be able to get it. No regrets, I ended up rebuying a different Okluma (or two), and a Haiku.

    My HDS Action light wasn't terribly expensive but I don't think I'll ever part with that one. Spy 005 in black Al and chrome with a warm emitter swap by lazer is also irreplaceable and much beloved.

    I hope to one day be lucky enough to own one of the older Spy 007 and there's a dude on Instagram that made a flashlight for himself, every time he posts it I envy him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archimedes View Post
    Great thread idea, Weld ... and posts with photos are quite welcome, by the way
    Archimedes,

    What are your grails?
    No such thing as too many flashlights, or knives.................
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weld Inspector View Post
    Archimedes,

    What are your grails?
    I was just gonna wait for a bit, then chime in here later ...
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    Great thread idea.
    current favorite light is arc aaa millermod cree. Just got it but it is just what I had hoped it would be. I think it will hold the favorite spot for a long time.
    Grail is an arc6 with nachia 219b 4k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Wow! Good idea for a thread.

    Can't wait to see what some folks hold out as their grail.

    For my collection I've already obtained most of the Grails I never thought I'd obtain... Maglite VareBeam and Marquis for starters. A couple of pre-1920 lights were acquired in excellent condition that I had never figured would or could be acquired... at least in my budget range. The latest of those was a steel Franco toy pistol flashlight from about 1912 with enough tarnish to look really old but no rust or alkaline leak damage. None.
    No pictures?

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    Hmm, if I had to decide on my current grail light it would probably be my BOSS 35. But even though it's my overall best light it rarely sees pocket time. My most used light would have to be my Muyshondt Aeon MK. III because of the form factor. It's so easy to just clip to the pocket of my jeans and go. Zero presence and always there when I need it. If I could only choose one light though, it would be one of my HDS lights.

    In terms of a grail light I really want, I'm not 100% sure. I've sort of been phasing out of the custom-light range back to "budget-beaters". When I say budget, though, I'm mainly referring to my Surefires. Using my P2X Fury the other day really brought back the old days and what originally got me into lights. I also recently picked up some old-stock LX2s and have been really looking at the other lights SF is offering lately.
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    Is it okay to chime in now and change the answer thereafter, LOL!!
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    Pretty much any Hanko.
    It is better to buy a beautiful, expensive, custom flashlight than to curse the darkness.

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    My current grail is thrunite tn40s
    My want grail is acebeam x65vn (regular and solis versions)

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    My grail light would be an Okluma DC1 in Ti with a single emitter, no pocket clip (or holes), bored for 16mm primaries and driven modestly at around 650-800mah on high. Just two modes...Low/High or programmable.
    Closest I have to it is a HIVE Haiku, but the design is a little busy for my taste.

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    I'm the proud owner of that one Mokume twisted Trident gunner grip made by Jeff Hanko. It's my dream light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hombreluhrs View Post
    I'm the proud owner of that one Mokume twisted Trident gunner grip made by Jeff Hanko. It's my dream light.
    YIKES !!


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    Current best light dereelight XSvn
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    After almost nine years here, a lot of lights have come and gone. All time faves? McGizmo McLux III PD-S. Spy 005 with a 4500k XP-L thanks to Datiled. 4 flats SF A2. Half a dozen SF C2's, including two with crosshairs logo. Half a dozen flat sided E2e's. Current generation faves are my HDS lights, and my two BOSS from Oveready. I've stopped chasing the high dollar grail stuff for now...

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    Thank all of you for your input as a relatively new (just over a year in) member I'm very happy to have started a thread that has grabbed some attention and piqued some interest!
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    Tough call, i have quite a few fav lights, other than gifts(always super special to me), i have a few
    x40vn which is pretty much a one off

    These haiku tana triple 219b

    Surefire wise, my c2 from precisionwoks , bored and 2 trits installed, z32 cryos, triad tail is one of my favs(do like them all a lot though!)


    I have more, especially the gifts over the years which mean more to me than any i have bought.

    As for "grails", again tough call, maybe a BOSS one day or a twisted trident(hanko) which would be enjoyed and complement my little collection. I do try and use all of them, maybe some with more care than others(i have specific beater lights as I dont see the point in beating up an expensive light..........i know crazy and why have it!). So used they get, just not dragged across a floor or in hand when climbing metal ladders..........the thought

    Trouble for me, i would have to save up.................i have kids with grail toy needs , nothing more too add

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitroz View Post
    No pictures?

    Here's the 1912 Franco


    Compared to other stuff


    The cerecoated FL2


    A couple of old beauty Francos


    The Soldier Boys


    The prototypes PRX #0000 and PRX #85


    An ARC flashlights polo shirt


    The prototype to the PK Paladin


    Lights from Don Kellers personal collection
    2nd from left is one of eleven 1st gen with 2nd gen medium head lights he built summer 017. Far right, that 2C came with a protype LED module that never went into production (#13 of 14)


    Prototype Brinkmann Legend.
    6 were produced for Snap On to try. They said "no thanks". Note it has hi/lo switch and on/off switch

    That's it for now.
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    This doesn't exist but I would like a skinny (mini?) single AA/14500 powered, stainless steel HDS Rotary running a Nichia 219C 9080 4500k sporting a triad-type tail cap.
    I only fear that if something happens to me, my wife will sell all my sh*t for what I told her I paid for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ven View Post
    Tough call, i have quite a few fav lights, other than gifts(always super special to me), i have a few
    x40vn which is pretty much a one off

    These haiku tana triple 219b

    Surefire wise, my c2 from precisionwoks , bored and 2 trits installed, z32 cryos, triad tail is one of my favs(do like them all a lot though!)


    I have more, especially the gifts over the years which mean more to me than any i have bought.

    As for "grails", again tough call, maybe a BOSS one day or a twisted trident(hanko) which would be enjoyed and complement my little collection. I do try and use all of them, maybe some with more care than others(i have specific beater lights as I dont see the point in beating up an expensive light..........i know crazy and why have it!). So used they get, just not dragged across a floor or in hand when climbing metal ladders..........the thought

    Trouble for me, i would have to save up.................i have kids with grail toy needs , nothing more too add

    Wow, that is one awesome threesome!
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    Thank you Magellan,you donít do too bad yourself

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    Ok, you asked me about grails....

    Although I have a fair number of rare flashlights of one sort or another, I'll highlight the Spyglass, as one of the most meaningful to me here.





    I think this represents an incredible effort by a CPF'r to create ( and document ! ) a scratch-made custom torch.

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=373167

    I am fortunate to count @calipsoii as a forum friend, and was able to request certain features built to my personal specifications.

    In particular, the emitter choices, and reflector selection were custom tailored to my requirements.

    I really enjoy flashlights with a secondary deep red emitter, and this one includes a 3mm LED with spectral peak at 660nm.

    The main output is provided by Osram Oslon SSL150, from a 3500K / 90+ CRI bin, installed behind a rather deep and narrow SMO reflector.



    - - - - -

    So what may be out there that I would consider an unattainable (or very nearly so) grail ?

    Well, let's start with some rare coated titanium torches, such as the (1/1, I believe) AuRa TiN ...

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=1#post3087408

    ... and the (1/1) TiN Cool Fall 007 ...

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=1#post4891045

    Next, let's consider something a little bit smaller ... the Hanko Timascus GG LF2XT

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=1#post4388226

    And something just a bit bigger ... the Mac Titanium Mega HID

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...Titanium-light

    But for the truly ultimate, ne plus ultra, grail-of-grails ... it could be none other than the WLL (Tungsten Larry Light) ...

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=1#post1151095
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    Wow archimedes I just spent 30 min reading the thread about Larry lights that is the rarest of the rare huh? Thank you for bringing that to my attention I didn't know anything about them
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post

    Here's the 1912 Franco
    Thanks for the pics. That 1912 is one cool light!

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    Been wanting to get a mcgizmo haiku 1xAA with a nichia 219v. Grail light status. My current one is my TnC 18350 quad dragon, which really lives up to its name in power "Dragon"

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