CRKT Eros SS Review
Ken Onion, one of the most famous knife designers in the world, helped put Kershaw on the map in the mid-90s thanks to his highly-praised knife designs. A few years ago, Onion left Kershaw to design for CRKT, resulting in a series of quality knives. While most of Onion’s CRKT knives were well-designed, the Eros in particular seemed a bit busy for a gentleman’s folder. Onion responded with a more finessed update to the Eros in the Eros SS.
The Best EDC Flashlights
Compared to knives, people have only recently started carrying flashlights on a daily basis. In the past, carry options were limited to giant, dim Maglites or plastic Energizer torches. Since then, innovation in LED, battery, and optical technology brought a new generation of lights that outshine their predecessors. These brighter, smaller, and more useful modern lights are worth including in your EDC. In the second installment of Carry Smarter, we recommend our favorite lights to carry with you.
Karas Kustoms made a name for themselves amongst EDCers and pen addicts with their exceedingly successful Kickstarter campaign for their first pen, the Render K. Part of that success stemmed from the demand for a durable, functional pen body to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use that plastic pens couldn’t. The newest Karas Kustoms pen, The Retrakt, follows suit by offering both rugged construction and a unique clicky design that makes it a great option for EDC. Dan Bishop of Karas Kustoms graciously sent this pen to us for this review.
Yannick Henriette, founder of Jac Henri, sought to optimize his carry with a slim, durable, elegant wallet. Dissatisfied with the slim wallets available on the market, Henriette took it upon himself to design one for his own use eight years ago. After many revisions, Henriette brought the Jac Henri Slim Wallet to the market in 2013 through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Camillus Knives has a long history of producing traditional pocket knives, dating back to 1876. Since their re-launch in 2009, they’ve put out some interesting modern folders to make their re-entry into the everyday carry knife market. Jake Tauriainen of World Knife Outlet thought the Camillus 7.25” Folding Knife would be an interesting product to showcase here, so he kindly sent over a copy for me to review for Everyday Carry. Let’s see how successfully Camillus approaches more modern folders in this review.
HDS Executive Clicky Review and giveaway
A wise person on Candle Power Forums once wrote that just like you can’t evaluate the quality of scotch by its proof, you can’t judge the quality of a light by its lumens output. The more HDS stuff I handle the more I realize how true this is. This is my second HDS light and it was provided by Kaufmann Mercantile for this review. Stay around until the end for a special giveaway where you can win this HDS Clicky from Kaufmann Mercantile.
Gear Watch: Early March 2014
In this edition of Gear Watch we have two new arrivals, both of which are awesome in their own right.
Solar Eklipse -
There is a lot of new gear floating around out there after SHOT, but it is a very rare event when a master, at the top of his game, releases something new. It didn’t happen at SHOT, but just after.
by Bernard Capulong on Friday, Feb 28, 2014
It’s 2014. Most of the pocket knives shown on the site are modern folders, so today’s review should be a refreshing and interesting departure from the norm. The kind folks at Great Eastern Cutlery have sent me their River Boat Gambler “melon tester” pocketknife for this review. It’s not your granddad’s pocketknife, but it very well could be!
Top 10 Knives you can buy now Part 2 -
Well, we are entering hallowed ground here. The under $100 market is and always will be the most crowded part of the knife market and so the knives that have floated to the top here have done so dodging hundreds of competitors. These are the best of the best and many represent among the best values of any kind of EDC gear. There are incredibly knives out there for more (the Caly3 and the Chapparal are very good), but if you have a hard ceiling of $100, these are it…
The top 10 knives available now, Part 1
One thing you will notice about carrying a pocket knife on a daily basis is that it is a lot like owning a truck—there are things you with your knife that you’d never imagine doing before but are a part of your daily routine. Its hard to explain this to folks that don’t carry a knife, but there is a reason that men have carried small, pocketable knives on them since Roman times. Carry one for two weeks and it will be a lifelong companion after that. I first started carrying a pocket knife during a summer job while I was in college. It was a warehouse job and I broke down lots of boxes and crates. Now, its just as much a part of my daily carry as my wallet or smartphone.
But if your new to knives, it can be pretty daunting. All of the brands and steels can be confusing. All of the opening mechanisms are a pain to compare. Worse yet, brick and mortar knife stores are vanishing, making it very hard to compare knives in person.