In 2015, PHLster was approached by some individual Philadelphia PD plain-clothes officers (independent of the department, seeking custom work) to develop a solution for the pocket carry of their department-issued SOFTT-Wide tourniquets. The criteria for the device was that it should add no substantial additional bulk to the profile of a flat-folded tourniquet, keep the tourniquet flat and compact, and facilitate the easy one-handed deployment of the SOFTT-Wide. Pursuing our core design philosophies of simplicity and minimalism, we devised a solution which consisted of using shock cord to strap the flat-folded tourniquet to a trimmed piece of flat Kydex stock. As we began the process of making these into a production item, I contracted some of the CNC parts trimming out to my friend and colleague, Andrew Henry of Henry Holsters. (Henry Holsters makes a variety of high quality IWB holsters as well as offers OEM and tooling solutions to many other holster businesses, including PHLster). We subsequently collaborated on some additional design work, fleshing this prototype out into a fully developed product and the Flatpack Tourniquet Carrier was born, with features like adjustable retention and multiple mounting and carry options. The Flatpack quickly evolved from a CNC trimmed flat sheet stock Kydex piece into an injection molded product, increasing durability and efficiency of production.
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