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.
selectivebeef, a friend and longtime supporter of everyday-carry.com, recently reached out to me, offering products from his new line of high quality, hand-crafed, military-inspired leather goods and accessories called Silent Whisper. Immediately impressed by their offerings, I opted to review what I felt would be most relevant to the average EDCer — a zipper pouch and a carabiner keychain. The Silent Whisper team graciously assembled and sent me their Supplier and Vertical Sustainment pieces for me to review.
Gear Watch: January 2014
Its a cold month for weather, but a hot month for gear news.
This column, Gear Watch, is going to be a combination of things: a sort of preview of what’s coming, a mourning for what has stopped production, and a bit of news. I plan on having one come out every two weeks as there is probably not enough new gear releases to sustain one every week, but a month seems too long.
This is a continuation of the Top 10. The lights on this part of the list are among my favorite on the market right now. These are the true creme de la creme. Read on
Top 10 Flashlights available now, Part I
There are a huge number of very good lights out there under $100. Unlike what is happening in the knife market, there is a solid and growing middle in the flashlight market. I have been fortunate to review quite a few of these lights.
Spyderco Techno Review
There is a lot to love about the Spyderco Techno. The materials, the design, the deployment method, the size, the fit and finish. This is a superior knife and a superlative EDC blade. You could spend twice as much or even venture into the custom world and the Techno would still be a competitive blade. There are a few drawbacks, but they are small in the overall scheme of things.