Monday, January 26, 2015

Muyshondt Madness

Enrique Muyshondt has just rejoined the land of the living after not feeling well and moving shop space and he has a few things to offer the readers of Everyday Commentary.

First, he is about to release his first new light, the AA Spinner.  There is a preorder list.  Now for most custom gear, getting on that list is pretty awesome ("Books closed" seems to be the only update on most custom knife maker sites these days).  But here is the deal: Enrique is giving the light away for free.  Comment below.  I will pick a winner in a week.  And that chap or gal will win a FREE AA Spinner.  Sounds pretty sweet right?

Oh wait, there is more (if I am going shilly, I may as go all the way right?)

For those of you that wanted but missed the Aeon Mk. II, there are new ones.  But, well, the Mk. II was a pretty expensive torch.  So, even if they are in stock, they might not be accessible to some.  But Enrique found parts and assembled aluminum Mk. IIs.  And Mako Mk IIs and Nautilus Mk. IIs.  So yeah, grab a credit card and go on over to his site.  Stock, as always, is very limited.

But wait there is STILL more (I am channeling Ron Popeil here).

Finally, just in case you needed a smidgen more incentive, the old free shipping code:

EDCSHIP

works again and gives you FREE worldwide shipping.

Enrique seems to be feeling better and the move to the new shop is done.  And there is cool stuff for us.

I am normally not this shilly, but when the deals are this good I feel like I have an obligation to you good folks to pass them along.  I have done this only once before, so don't fret.  This site will never turn into Gear Patrol or Uncrate. 

Now I need to go hunker down for between 36 and 40 inches of snow. 

134 comments:

  1. Great site and really enjoy your input. Learned a ton here. Would love a Muyshondt!

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  2. All I can say is: I miss my neutral Aeon. It disappeared a while ago. So sad.

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  3. This website has turned me into a bit of a flashaholic, the spinner should help.

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  4. I hope this doesn't double post, but the google login thing got weird on me there.
    I've read this site for a long time, some of the best gear reviews I've found, especially for some items that can be hard to find. The prospect of winning a Muyshondt has gotten me to post though. Especially since it is a AA, which is the only type of lights I am interested in. For me, the ability to find easy replacement batteries when travelling around the world is the biggest requirement in a light. Can't wait to hear more about this one, or heck, maybe even get a chance to test it out myself.

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  5. Even though I never seem to win anything here's my post...

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  6. I'm in, but don't see any Aeons in stock.

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    1. Never mind, just didn't think they were $345 for the aluminum version.

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  7. Thanks for the heads up, Tony. I've had an Aeon on my 'want' list.

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  8. Thanks Tony! Would love to get my hands on one as my first "real high end" flashlight.

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  9. So glad to hear that Enrique is back on his feet.

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  10. I think my Amex is hiding, but this is relevant to my gear/gadget/gun collecting habits. And now I can out hands on an Aeon (and maybe a Spinner)? Awesome.

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  11. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a great torch made by an awesome guy who puts his heart and skills into every light produced. I wish I had a ton of disposable income to buy all the different models! Alas, I will have to hope for a freebie.

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  12. Looks like New England is going to get walloped tonight. Gee, I sure hope you have a flashlight if the power goes out! ;-)

    Nevertheless, I wish you well. Be safe.

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  13. This site is definitely the reason I know anything about flashlights and the reason why I carry one.

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  14. Thanks for the opportunity to win this one. I always find these reviews to be incredibly informative.

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  15. Thanks! Please put me on the list.

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  16. This site opened me up to the world of flashlights in my EDC, and is now tied with Pen Addict as my favorite blog. Thanks for all the thorough reviews, and generous offers to your faithful readers. Stay warm.

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  17. I'm always down to roll with some Spinner(s). :)

    $345 for Mk II Aeon Al is still prohibitive. Sounds like a worse deal than the Ti. Wasn't the Mk I aluminum Aeon like $125?

    Hope you guys get Cold Steel on the podcast. Their 2015 steel upgrades will be GAME CHANGING, as long as they are accompanied with a moderate price hike, as opposed to catapulting CS into the Benchmade/ZT price tier.

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    1. It was a great move. I was thrilled to see it. Now lets hoep they make a good, sub-3 inch sized knife with high end steel and their trademark toughness. I'd love a MTL with a conventional blade and XHP steel. Until then, until they have something for everyone, they can't reach the Spyderco/Benchmade/KAI level. The 4-Max weighs 9 ounces!

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    2. Full size Tuff Lite. It is a sub 3" blade with weight like a Delica. In fact, it IS Cold Steel's Delica. (The MTL is their Dragonfly.)

      The TL is probably the most aggressive cutter I've tried in an EDC folder. It devastates cardboard. The whole design seems to be about concentrating the user's cutting power while keeping the knife small, tough and, well, light.

      If CS upgrades give the Tuff Lites' steel, I hope they go XHP, not BD-1! What a focused tool that would be. I'd cheerfully drop $50 street on it.

      Plus of course the Mini Recon 1s are getting XHP upgrades. My most anticipated knife of '15.

      (Is it wrong that my most anticipated review here is currently the Kershaw Amplitude? "FINISH HIM.")

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    3. Also, yeah 9 oz is terrible for a 4" knife. It means they succumbed to the trend for brick-thick blade stock on "OVERBUILT" showoff knives. Easily the stupidest current knife industry trend (hello, Hi Jinx). At that weight I am scared to think what a cross-section of the 4-Max's blade must look like.

      Contrast: the XL Voyager, which is basically a folding gladius, has a wickedly functional 5.5" blade and weighs just 7.2 oz.

      I look at the 4-Max, Hi Jinx, etc as "concept car" blades. If they actually turn out to be useful tools, that's nice, but just a bonus.

      Their true point is not to legitimate the maker as a go-to for actually useful $400 knives, but rather that they make the customer feel more comfortable buying useful knives from that maker in the $75 to $150 price range -- Spyderco's price range.

      I know we were talking about Cold Steel, but re: CRKT, I think the biggest hill they need to climb is convincing people they can deliver lock mechanisms commensurate with upper middle-class production knives in 2015. The days when you can get away with the same old cheesy, flimsy looking liner/frame locks (Shenanigan, M21, Eraser, Hi Jinx) are ending. Even the No Time Off you reviewed has that random-ass lock safety tacked on its liner lock. I always read those as tacit admissions of a lack of engineering confidence. No one thinks a Spyderco Military needs a lock safety.

      I submit that CRKT's mediocre approach to locks on their folders above 3 oz puts them more "behind the times," is more of a lag or handicap, than was Cold Steel's long reliance on its decently heat treated strain of AUS-8.

      (PS: Please exclude this comment for purposes of your Spinner drawing -- I'm not trying to spam, just to vent. :) )

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    4. A 7.2 ounce 5.5 inch blade is something I can't get into. Basically, if it is bigger than a PM2, I'd prefer a fixed blade. These massive folders, it strikes me, are novelties more than anything else.

      As for the CRKT lock issue, I have reviewed a bunch and never had a problem. This idea that a liner lock is somehow inherently inferior is something I seem to misunderstand. The lock on the Eraser was dead solid.

      I agree though with the notion of a lock safety being unnecessary for most tasks. I think there are folks, however, that have a legitimate need for something like that (folks that do lots of prying and real work with their knives). I am just not one of them.

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    5. I sold my XL Cold Steels. The point was simply: if what everyone would admit is a crazy humongous, strongly built folder can come in at 7.2 oz, then there is no excuse for any folder in a semi-normal size envelope to weigh 9 oz. And at least the Voyager will cut well.

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    6. Tony, CS will have at least 5 folders in XHP with blade lengths 3 inches or under. Weights range from 1.2oz to 3.6oz on those models. No company will have something for everyone (KAI has nothing I want), but I don't think you can dismiss the new CS offerings qu8te that quickly.

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    7. Not dismissing. They got an A+ in my SHOT write up. I just want a smaller high end blade.

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    8. I missed the write up, I'll check it out! The upgraded Hold Out 3 looks like the kind of knife you seem to dig. I'd be curious to see how you liked it, if you get a chance once they hit.

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    9. Note that the new XHP, DLC coated Recon 1s are just starting to pop up at Blade HQ for $104.95. So figure the new Mini Recons will be less, and prices may creep down from there too, over time.

      All of which is to say: how Spyderco thinks they are entitled to $200 street for a Domino (same country of origin, same steel, less blade), compared to what Cold Steel is going to offer at half the price, remains enigmatic. I foresee some real market pressure on Spyderco's questionable new price structure. I am not sure they would be one of my go-to brand recommendations today.

      That epochally hideous Spyderco Draper thing you guys talked about on the podcast runs $three bills street. WITH VG-10.

      Fonzie is at least starting to eye his motorcycle meaningfully.

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  18. To date I've purchased two lights and a slew of knives (been loving your small fixed blade kick as of late) based on your recommendation. I would love to win this light and see for myself what all the hype is about.

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  19. Count me in. After reading the flashlight reviews on this site I started carrying one for my EDC. I can't believe how many times I use it every day, and can't imagine how I ever got by without one

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway! Nobody can fault you for shilling Muyshondt products, they're really that good.

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  21. I would really, really like the Spinner!

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  22. Please count me in as well! I love the Muyshondt designs a lot. They truly are unique in the EDC world.

    Thanks for posting regularly on your site as well, as I can get my usual EDC fix here :)

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  23. Hi Tony, as my entry into the draw, let me teach you the correct pronunciation of Fällkniven.

    The first is really easy, it's pronounced just like the English word "fell", as in "I fell off my bike".

    The second part is pronounced just like Kneivel in Evil Kneivel, but with an N on the end.

    So FellKnevien will get you right on the mark!

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  24. Love the site, and thank you for doing this giveaway. Please count me in!

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  25. Awesome opportunity Anthony. I would love to win a spinner and I may even buy an aluminum light. Keep up the good work!

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  26. I want to win that light. On another note, I think you are wrong about VG10. It is a much better steel than you believe.

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  27. Count me in, please! Love the site and podcast!

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  28. Thanks, Tony, for an exciting read this morning!

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  29. I've learned so much here. Thanks for the site and the articles! I'm in for a light.

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  30. I'd like to put in a chance for the light. My knife selection is quickly outpacing my light selection so I need to maintain some balance!

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  32. I'd like a chance at winning. I've heard good things about these lights over the last few years lurking on CPF. If love to experience one myself. Thanks.

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  33. Another reason to love everyday commentary. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  34. As a college student on a limited budget, I generally have to limit myself to ogling Mr. Muyshondt's lights online. Count me in!

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  35. Neat. Count me in too. Thanks for this.

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  36. Thanks to Tony and this site I've bought a Peak Eiger and a Muyshondt Aeon MKII. Both killer lights. Thanks for the chance to win a Spinner!

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  37. Thanks Tony and Enrique for the chance to win a great light!

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  38. Heck yeah! Hoping to win this bad boy!

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  39. Sweet GAW! I'm in. So tempted to pull the trigger on an Aeon...

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  40. Thanks for the chance to win a great new light

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  41. Thanks for the info, the GAW, and the update on Enrique!

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  42. Oooh, I would love to have that light! Always wanted a mkii, but it's a little outside what I can afford these days.

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  43. Thanks Tony for the Muyshondt Madness!

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  44. Thanks for hooking us up with some goods and reviewing awesome stuff!

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  45. Nice to see a AA light from Muyshondt.

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  46. The Spinner sounds like my ideal EDC light.

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  47. Awesome opportunity. Thanks for doing this!

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  48. The Spinner sounds pretty neat. Thanks.

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  49. I'm in to win! Thanks for the opportunity, Tony.

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  50. Thought I would throw my hat into the ring for the Spinner. I just bought an Aeon MKII and didn't know there was a free shipping code. $23.75 on shipping????? That is outrageous! Yet I still paid it because the light is worth it. But still, these shipping fees are getting out of control.

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    1. Just wanted to update. Enrique e-mailed me promptly and decided to give me free shipping on my order. Now that's what I call customer service. Stand up guy for sure.

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  51. totally on board. I need this light!.... Ok maybe just want it.

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  52. Love the site and would love this light.

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  53. Count me in please, it would be great to win a Muyshondt light.

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  54. Count me in too! Great giveaway.

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  55. Super nice gieaway! I would love to get this light!

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    1. "Giveaway" ,( in case spelling counts)

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    2. Thanks Tony, please enter me for the giveaway! Hope you're dug out by now.

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    3. I think you need to comment on the article to enter, not someone else's comment. Might want to double check.

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  56. What a nifty little light! I'm in.

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  57. What a nifty little light! I'm in.

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  58. Thanks for the chance! I always look through your site for reviews on gear before I buy. Thanks!

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  59. I would love a chance at this. Enrique does excellent work!

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  60. Thanks for everything you do for the community, Tony! What an awesome chance!

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  61. I would love to win this light. Thanks for the offering it!

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  62. So, how is the snow up your way? Have you used any gear during the blizzardastrophe?

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  63. I've been following Enrique's work for several years on CPF and am so happy to hear he is back full-steam ahead making new custom flaslights.

    Worth noting, according to Enrique's January newsletter, he has a person named Nathalie helping answer emails, customer service and implementing a new ordering system. Hopefully, having someone helping with administrative duties will free Enrique up to make more awesome custom lights.

    Thanks for the great flashlight giveaway. 🔦

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  64. I'd love to experience what a Muyshondt is all about, I'll never afford one!

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  65. Give it to me. Please

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  66. Very sleek looking - can't wait to see the finished product. Count me in.

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  67. Madness indeed. I'd love to see what that modest-looking light can do!

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  68. hm not sure what happened to my comment, but I've been dying to pick up a Muyshondt for ages!

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  69. These are the holy grails of the light world and to be able to win one would be a story to tell my grandchildren as I pass the light on to its next owner.

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  70. Please enter me in light draw.
    Love your site.

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  71. I'm a huge fan of small AA lights. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  72. I'm ready to win. Thank you for all your great work.

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  73. very cool, thanks for the chance!

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  74. I appreciate this chance to win! Love your site!

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  75. I badly need a light, and would love to win. Thanks for the chance!

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  76. Great site - fabulous reviews & commentary. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  77. Que rico suave. We are.happy he is back in the game. AA form factor seems to be focused on insane runtimes. Maybe it will accommodate lithium ion and nonprotected cells too. That would be interesting to day the least. Keep em coming Tony.

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  78. Can't help but put my name in. They're great looking lights!

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  79. Thanks Tony and Enrique.

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  80. Spinner would be a welcome addition to my collection!

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  81. I am not into this lottery, but I need to say that thanks to the Tony's post about the Aeon 2 I bought this great light and it has been my 27x7 backup light since then. Thanks Tony!

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  82. The Muyshondt UI seems very promising. Would love to upgrade from my Zebralight SC52 to any one of his lights some day.

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  83. That is one nice light. However I keep seeing "moneyshot" every time I see the name. Double awesome!

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  85. Thanks for the shot at a Spinner.

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  86. Really interesting piece of kit here. Would be awesome to win something like this.
    Best of luck to all entrants

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  87. Appreciate the opportunity Tony. Thank you.

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  88. Free! Discounts! Yay!
    I recently was brought into the world of EDC knives 2 weeks ago when I was handling a friends BM 940. Needless to say it has turned
    into an already unhealthy addiction since I have bought 6 knives since then. Most of which were bought after coming across this amazing blog.

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  89. i'm in too, i can but dream!

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