Thursday, June 21, 2012

THIS is how you use an EDC tool

There are those people that buy a Sebenza and then make room for it on their shelf or in their safe.  Perfectly legit, but boring as hell.

Then there are those of us that like to thump on our tools.  Nothing complicated or tricky, but significant use whenever we can.

"Grog like thumping tree with big knife."

Then there is Don Pettit.  He EDCs a Leatherman Wave and wears an Omega watch, good choices.  In space.  And he uses the Wave to field repair his Omega X-33 watch.  Very few people could do this on land.  He does it in zero-g and makes it look quite easy.

Don's awesome understatement of the year:

"Fine watch repair in space is the paragon of fine motor skills."

Yes, and you guys are really high up there Don.

PS: Astronauts are badasses.

PPS: If someone comments that this is easy you are deleted, not just from the comments but from the universe itself.  There will be a bright flash of light and then a snapping sound and you will vanish from reality.   


  1. Just awesome. Love the use of duct tape. I wonder if a magnetic tray would work better though (albeit to all parts were magnetic).

  2. at the risk of being struck down. He does have an advantage in zero g. because here at one g, the damn screws always fall down and I loose them. really cool vid.

  3. Except when we drop something we know where to look--the floor. When Don drops something it could end up on the ceiling.

  4. Why was my comment deleted? It was the first one. No big deal. Just wondering....

  5. I would like to try that. But finding a lost part could be more difficult...Like chess on a multi level board instead of a flat one, i.e. Star Trek.
    Having repaired a watch here on earth a time or two...seeing how zero gravity can be used to float parts once unscrewed or pried can work in your favor...catching and keeping them tethered--a whole other thing--seeing it done...priceless.
    Thanks Tony.

  6. What a beautiful and different way to see a watch. I wonder if this video marks the first time an astronaut has attempted a watch repair in space?