The FW3A a TLF BLF special elegant triple powerful flashlight

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DB Custom wrote:
Just wondering, where was it decided to change the plan? I signed up for…

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The battery is replaced by removing the front half, not the tailcap:

Was that question about the tube? It seems to be there…

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The long ramp from the front section, down the tube, makes it look like a Nitecore Concept 1 or HDS Systems EDC Rotary. Not saying I don’t like the style, I do, it made me buy the Concept 1, but Fritz’s design is cleaner, neater, more business art and unique. The custom straight off the lathe look is what drew me to it in the first place.

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DB Custom wrote:
The long ramp from the front section, down the tube, makes it look like a Nitecore Concept 1 or HDS Systems EDC Rotary. Not saying I don’t like the style, I do, it made me buy the Concept 1, but Fritz’s design is cleaner, neater, more business art and unique. The custom straight off the lathe look is what drew me to it in the first place.

Oh, now I see what you mean! Yup, indeed this prototype seems a bit different from the original drawing! Maybe it’s just due to being a prototype? Or will it be like this in final version?

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I like the neat clean look that Fritz designed…

Minimalistic, elegant in it’s simplicity.

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Oh, you mean the shape under the clip? The hard edge would grab your clothes and make it difficult to unclip. The tapered edge allows for it to slide cleanly.

This change was posted a week ago so a didn’t realize that was what you were talking about.

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A simple 45º bevel at the hard edge in question would solve that without adversely affecting the simple elegance.

Sure, I could just chuck it up and recut the tube, no problem, but figured I’d ask why it was changed.

Just like Fritz’s clean lines as compared to mimicking others…

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They would not need that taper if the clip were longer, but then it would rub the head when you unscrewed it.

A shorter clip probably wouldn’t work very well.

I personally don’t like the sand blasted finish. A raw clear coat would look better. I think that’s what was called for in post 1. A raw, machined look.

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Shocked Very interested! Put me down for one please. Smile

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JasonWW wrote:
I personally don’t like the sand blasted finish.

From what I hear, the bead blasted finish was a misunderstanding or something and the real thing should have more of a fresh-machined look.

About the sharp lip at the front vs the smooth ramp, I’m not sure which I like better. The sharp edge gives a nice symmetry compared to the back and may look a bit nicer, while the smooth ramp seems more practical and ergonomic. It adds a bit of thermal mass, makes it easier to unclip, and helps differentiate one end from the other by feel. Both ways seem okay to me.

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I much prefer the original design.

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I forgot I even had my name down for this when I was looking for a new EDC light. This is looking great at the moment!

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Original design is ‘mo better IMHO.

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DB Custom wrote:
I like the neat clean look that Fritz designed…

Minimalistic, elegant in it’s simplicity.

+1 This is perfect. I love the original.

(of course the new external design is aceptable…but not perfect)

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I also much prefer the straight body over the newer curved look, but even though I considered it for a while I probably won’t withdraw. A nice light is a nice light, after all.

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I really like what I see here, for me it’s much nicer than the original. TK, could you measure dimensions? It seems thicker but shorter than on the original drawing.

I’d love 18350 variant, it would certainly be my EDC favourite. But as it is, I simply find D4 to be better suited for this purpose.

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I also like the “smooth ramping” design of the latest prototype. If the problems are sorted out, this will be a huge success.

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From what I read in the german forum:

  • the curved look was made to make the clip work better with cloth. It seems Lumintop asked for something.
  • acceptance of the new design: it’s OK
  • many expressed they like the matt finish better than the polished one from the rendering.

My thoughts:
I hoped for a 45 deg chamfer like on the tool AAA. I don’t like that slope.
I like matt better than polished.
I tend to buy ugly lights if the UI is right.

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Here is the discussion thread (German) about the new design.
http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/fw3a-tlf-sonderedition-in-klei...

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It think there are changes which should be edited in the OP

Title: First prototype

Can the FW3A team ask a moderator to edit this in? The Miller is quite a bit away.

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joechina wrote:
From what I read in the german forum:
  • the curved look was made to make the clip work better with cloth. It seems Lumintop asked for something.
  • acceptance of the new design: it’s OK
  • many expressed they like the matt finish better than the polished one from the rendering.

My thoughts:
I hoped for a 45 deg chamfer like on the tool AAA. I don’t like that slope.
I like matt better than polished.
I tend to buy ugly lights if the UI is right.


It was not a polished finish, it was a raw, straight from the lathe with marks and all then clear anodized.

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware (old), lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

My Supfire L5-S thread with XHP70.2, 26350 cells (4,100 lumen!), Texas Avenger FET driver, NarsilM v1.0 ramping firmware and lighted side switch. My mini L6! 

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Just noticed I’m not on the list.. Would like to be added please!

Prototype looks great.. I like the tapered edge but it could be shorter. Will a nichia 219C version be available?

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There is no photo of it in that finish or?
Only a rendering.

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Here’s a shot of a Convoy L2 anodized straight off the CNC machines…

Shiny, not polished, anodized for wear and oxidation resistance.

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joechina wrote:
There is no photo of it in that finish or?
Only a rendering.

Are you saying that the 2 photos in post 1 are not real, just a rendering? If so, they fooled me. Lol


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My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware (old), lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

My Supfire L5-S thread with XHP70.2, 26350 cells (4,100 lumen!), Texas Avenger FET driver, NarsilM v1.0 ramping firmware and lighted side switch. My mini L6! 

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As I mentioned before, I much prefer the original design, to the point that I tend not to want this light anymore (I’m very picky about the looks of a flashlight).

But there’s no arguing about taste, if most people are happy with what Lumintop made of it, this is how the light will be.

link to djozz tests 

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I like the original design better as well, but I will still order this tapered version.

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I too prefer the original design to the new one.

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If the entire tail end is glued I assume there is no possibility of a shorter 18350 tube? Given how popular that seems to be with the Emisar line and several mentions in this thread is that already a done deal or could there still be a short tube for sale separately?

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This thing is getting harder to mod by the minute LOL

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I like the new tapered version. Making each end of the light easier to differentiate by feel is a good thing.

Also, tapers just feel nice. My Nitecore Concept 1 feels much better in the hand than a Sipik 68.

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