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Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:53

Vosteed Thunderbird

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The Thunderbird is a legendary creature in American Indian history and culture. It's considered a supernatural being of power and strength. It's said to create thunder by flapping its wings, and lightning by flashing its eyes. Vosteed does a great job of naming their products, and the Thunderbird is no exception. The company has done a great job of creating a knife worth of such a namesake. The knife has awesome specs to boot; g-mascus handles, M390 blade with a tanto grind, and their Trek Lock. Let's take a walk around this bird and see what she's got.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2023 10:06

Limited edition Swiss Army Knives for the holidays

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VICTORINOX INTRODUCES LIMITED EDITION SWISS ARMY KNIVES IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ADVENTURERS: Available beginning October 16th - retailing for $85 at Victorinox.com, THE CADET ALOX WINTER MAGIC LIMITED EDITION 2023 pocket knife is the fifth edition of the Victorinox Winter Magic collection.This year, the unique winter mountain design in powder blue and complementing sun-colored hues features a spectacular 3D haptic Alox scale and detachable mountain charm. The pocket knife is limited to 10,000 pieces and is packaged in a custom-designed gift box.
 
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THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THOSE CELEBRATING THE CHINESE NEW YEAR: Available beginning October 16th -
retailing for $127.00 at Victorinox.com, the NEW LIMITED EDITION HUNTSMAN “YEAR OF THE DRAGON 2024” welcomes the Chinese New Year and honors the current zodiac sign.

This Huntsman pocket knife is limited to the lucky number of 8’888 pieces worldwide. This edition comes in classic red with a vibrant drawing of a golden dragon. Each pocket knife is individually numbered and presented with its certificate in a special gift box.
 
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THE PERFECT GIFT FOR TRAVELERS: Available beginning October 16th - ranging from $48 - $74 at Victorinox.com, THE LIVE TO EXPLORE COLLECTION celebrates the unique style of Paris, Sydney, and New York with an invitation to mix and match tools and accessories. The collection will launch with the choice of three multitools offered with matching practical accessories.

The collection features the choice of the Victorinox Classic SD, the Companion, and the popular Swiss Card Classic. The Companion comes with a new innovative box opener function - perfect for unboxing packages. The three colorways are: the Paris style (romantic with soft colors), the Sydney style (with bold colors with a dynamic design), and the New York style (with timeless, neutral colors and well-defined shapes).
 
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Monday, 09 October 2023 06:29

BloodOath Instruments PocketFiend

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BloodOath Instruments is a fairly new company run by two friends who are GWOT (Global War on Terror) veterans with a strong interest in knives, and experience in high-stress situations. This experience is the foundation on which their knives are designed.

Knives had been a thing since man fashioned them out of flint, but the history of tactical knife can be traced back to the 20th century when military forces began issuing specialized knives to their soldiers. The term "tactical knife" was coined in the mid-1990s. These invaluable knives were as useful at home as they were in the field, and as time marched so did popularity.

One of BloodOath's contribution to the category is the PocketFiend, a lightweight and compact pocketknife that's their answer to the EDC tactical knife. Coming in with an overall length of 7.25", and a 3.25" blade, the Fiend hits that sweet spot for an everyday carry knife. The textured aluminum handle is something unique in a market full of micarta, G10, and titanium. The aluminum has this texture on it that reminds me of the dimples on a golf ball. That unique texture gives the knife plenty of tactile grip on what would otherwise be another run of the mill handle. The choice in material also helps keep the weight down, as the Fiend comes in at only 3.81oz.

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Monday, 09 October 2023 02:05

Tekto F2 Bravo

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The EDC landscape has changed alot in the last decade, and among those changes are the sheer number of newcomers to the industry. I absolutely love finding these companies, what they offer, what their ethos is, and how are they going to complete in what feels like an oversaturated market. It takes a lot to stand out above the rest, let alone be heard in all this noise, one company that has grabbed my attention is Tekto Knives.

The company was born out of an outdoor excursion in the backwoods of Maine in 2016. Some of the companies early partners were disappointed with the way their knives performed in the northeastern environment. The conditions left the teams knives chipped, dull, and unreliable. This experience spawned a development  project that became what is now Tekto. They wanted to created products that would handle harsh environments, and be reliable for those who depend on their equipment.

 

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Monday, 09 October 2023 05:46

Damned Designs Oni XL

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Damned Designs is the brainchild of Adrian Dsouza, he started with fidget spinners, and went on to release over 50 spinner designs. He stepped into EDC in 2019 and subsequently released his first knife, and then maybe another 10-15 shortly after. Adrian feels great products shouldn't only be for those with fat wallets. Everyone has a right to a good design and craftsmanship.

The Oni XL model is a hard use folder with premium materials and looks that can kill. I was curious where the name Oni comes from, and it comes from Japanese folklore. Oni are a type of evil spirit known as youkai. They are often depicted as large, ugly, monstrous creatures with horns, fangs, and sharp claws. Thankfully this knife is none of that, but I can see where Damned Designs goes with their product names.

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Friday, 06 October 2023 02:06

Leatherman Arc release date

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Leatherman has announced via social media about the Arc, which is Oct 17th. There's been a lot of leaks and goofs since we have heard about this new tool, from what we hear the hype is valid. The new Leatherman Arc has a tool set that many have been asking for and Leatherman has delivered.

 

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Thursday, 21 September 2023 09:20

Leatherman Arc in the wild

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Last week the retail outlet REI accidently made the Leatherman Arc page live before the official release date. All this transpired via the r/Leatherman Reddit group and the 50 units they had available were gone in no time. One of our members Gadgetman7 (Dale Carr), was so gracious to show off his new acquisition. There is no official launch date for the Leatherman Arc, but at or around October 17 has been floating around. I feel if REI had stock already, then release is imminent. In the meantime, enjoy the pics of the new Leatherman Arc, compliments of Gadgetman7.

Sunday, 20 August 2023 16:40

CRKT Septimo

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The folks at CRKT have teamed up with a seasoned green beret, Jeremy Valdez to bring a dream of his to life. Jeremy is highly decorated, he’s been recognized with two purple hearts, six bronze stars, one for valor, and the Special Forces Philip Neri award. Well known knife designer Bill Harsey stepped in to help Jeremy fulfill his dream of designing his own knife, and the result is the Septimo multi tool.

The Septimo is a strange beast, it features an adjustable wrench, screwdriver, bottle opener, glass breaker, and a knife. I've handled a lot of strange and interesting tools over the years, some good, some bad. The Septimo kind of rides somewhere between those two categories. Let's do a breakdown of this agglomerate of tools.

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Sunday, 20 August 2023 05:50

Kansept Shikari

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Kansept does some in house designs, but like many other companies out there, collaborations are their bread and butter. I love in house just as much as anyone else, but when a company taps into the huge wealth of talent in the industry, and brings those designs to life, that benefits everyone.

Morgan Koens is a custom fixed blade maker. He has a lot of experience in designing and making fixed blades, Morgan has teamed up with Kansept to release a design of his in a folder. His designs are the mixtures of utility and aesthetic. Morgan's designs are both works of art and work horses at the same time.

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Sunday, 20 August 2023 09:42

Kansept Model 6

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Kansept Knives was started by Kim Ning, a former production manager and designer at Kizer Cutlery. Kim has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, and his small team has similar expertise. Kansept's goal is to offer high-quality knives at affordable prices. Their lineup is certainly impressive, and I've had the opportunity to check out their new Model 6.

The Model 6 was designed by a retired law enforcement officer, Nick Swan. He needed a knife that he could trust his life on, not only as a last line of defense but as an everyday tool. The Model 6 was designed to be a working knife that could be used for various task daily but could instantly be deployed as a self-defense tool. To me the Model 6 doesn't scream self-defense, but maybe that's the point.

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