BOMB PROOF EQUIPMENT

MrEd

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My oldest bits of kit still seeing regular use are paraffin lamps. Two Aladdin's in the house, one from circa 1930 the other 1969. Gorgeous lamps that make me weep every time I look at the price of spares. A Tilley-X246 aka 'Guardsman' from 1979 providing both heat and light in the shed and a Feuerhand storm lantern (1949-1969) that came out to the winter moot.

Aah wait I forgot about my paraffin lantern, I have an army 1940 dated Bialladin 300x that’s only needed washers and mantles. It’s itherwise totally original and just works every single time. Not bad for something nearly 80 years old
 
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Bishop

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Inside the wire, Llanelli
Do you think a modern LED lamp will work in 80 years?
:)
That's a good question... In theory most LED's are good for several years of continuous operation provided they are powered up in their 'comfort zone'. However the practice of some manufacturers pushing extra current through the diodes to increase brightness along with insufficient cooling will shorten the lifespan considerably.
 

Janne

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They were good, Soviet scientists were......
I think you do not mean an LED though. Went commercial after the Soviet Union collapsed/morfed into EU....

Or not? I saw the first ones around 15/20 years ago?


( I do not look for new high tech, I prefer old low tech.
But I do have an OLED TV, curved and 3D.....

Do not buy a 3D TV, that is my recommendation...
 

GuestD

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They were good, Soviet scientists were......
I think you do not mean an LED though. Went commercial after the Soviet Union collapsed/morfed into EU....

Or not? I saw the first ones around 15/20 years ago?


( I do not look for new high tech, I prefer old low tech.
But I do have an OLED TV.....

I do mean LED. One of these of eBay to replace the original bulb.
 
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LK35 pack, petrol stove, alcohol stove, Blacks Highland sleeping bag, Dutch Army M90 bag, Polish lavvu, Czech blanket sleeping bags Dutch army tent, several Black Good Companion tents..............me......?
 
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bigbear

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Trangia bouht when 16, am 56 now, still perfectly good. Dachstein mitts, thirty plus years, wool balaclava ditto.
Karrimor alpinist rucksack, bought as a student, still using it.
Simond chacal ice hammer and icefall axe, still good after nearly forty years.
Mountain equipments Spitzbergen bag, forty years old.
Buy good kit, look after it, it will pay for itself many times over.
 

MikeE

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Trangia and a couple of Elwell Kent pattern axes which I love!
Had to replace the hafts and make masks but I still love 'em.
 
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Thoth

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Silva compass I've had since 1980, pair of gaiters I bought about the same time from an independent shop that is still trading :) I have two Feurhand lanterns, one of which belonged to my Dad, but I didn't find it until I was clearing out his garage after he died, so I don't know quite how old it is but I don't ever remember seeing it and it clearly isn't new. I have his army issue pen knife that predates me (1964) but don't use it as it is so heavy. The other things are still in regular use though.
 

Madmischief

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US Marine Ka-bar knife, bought used at a military surplus store in ‘91. Used it a lot as a camp knife when I was younger. It’s been in a drawer for the last 15 years because the leather handle became loose and I found new shiny things ...