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.
A symbol of preparedness, the pocket knife is widely regarded as a staple of everyday carry (EDC) gear. A knife is like a truck – just having one expands the kinds of things you can get done. Most EDCers will use a knife for general utility: opening packages, cutting thread, or mild food preparation. A 3” blade and most types of locks will be sufficient to perform these tasks. Choosing the right EDC knife and budgeting a purchase can be daunting. We’ll save you the headache of the trial-and-error process of the upgrade treadmill and present our favorite EDC knives under $350 in the first installment of Carry Smarter.
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.
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.