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    Trimming a NATO strap - For Raza

    I didn't want to further hijack the thread where this question was asked so here's a brand new thread!

    Raza wanted to know if a creme brulee torch would suffice for sealing a trimmed NATO strap.

    I happen to have some spare un-used NATO straps lying around so I decided to experiment.

    The short answer is "Yes" you can use a small torch to seal the trimmed end of a nylon strap.

    I started in a way many would expect, with a nickle to give me a guide:


    However, I found that the tight quarters were too much for my dull scissors and I was too lazy to look for a very sharp exacto knife or something similar. I ended up free-handing the trim.


    The tools of the seal:



    The results:



    For a quick/dirty attempt I think it turned out pretty good. I held the torch away from the strap and slowly moved toward it, once I could see the melting process begin I went around the edge to seal the whole thing. I ended up doing a secondary trim and re-seal attempt which didn't turn out awesome but hey, it's my first try. Overall, I think the creme brulee torch is a success.
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    Watch Geek T Bone's Avatar
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    Cool! Now, would you care to share a recipe for Creme Brulee'? (Never had it).
    Regards, T Bone

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    Nice work and good pictures.

    If done right, Creme Brulee is awesome and worth trying.
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    Thanks Nokie.

    I don't have a recipe oddly enough we've never made Creme Brulee at home lol I ALWAYS get it when it's an available dessert though! I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T Bone View Post
    Cool! Now, would you care to share a recipe for Creme Brulee'? (Never had it).

    I make it at home and it's an awesome dessert. One time I tried infusing bourbon and vanilla beans in the mix. Not bad at all.

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    I've sealed a NATO with just a lighter. Although créme brûlée would no doubt be tastier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlcor View Post
    I've sealed a NATO with just a lighter. Although créme brûlée would no doubt be tastier.
    well done on adding all the correct accent marks

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    I cut the extra piece of fabric off all my Nato's making them a single piece. I use a lighter to seal off the ends.

    Cut nato.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by mlcor View Post
    I've sealed a NATO with just a lighter. Although créme brûlée would no doubt be tastier.
    A match worked for me
    Sheesh! I never think big:
    watch strap + cool dessert = win
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perseus View Post
    I cut the extra piece of fabric off all my Nato's making them a single piece. I use a lighter to seal off the ends.
    Are you cutting them off because of the thickness?

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