Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm Bringing This Blog Back

I haven't posted here in quite some time, I would like to fix that.

I've been looking at some really derpy knives on bad knife sites. My blog is aimed at people just getting into knives and those who want to, everybody in this scene had to start there. Before I knew any better I bought stuff like this,and if I can help somebody realize that there are so many better options I'm going to try. Here's my take on a few knives you shouldn't buy.




Tiger USA M.T.F.

$10

"Join the military take force and prepare for war with the newest addition to the Tiger-USA family. "

I've got to admit, it's ballsy to mark "First Production Run" on your (probably illegal) third rate copy of what might be the most recognizable product of Boker Plus' line. Anybody who prepares for war with this is making a dire mistake.


"The 1045 surgical steel blade ejects like lightning and when folded the handle is the perfect size for concealing."

1045 surgical steel sounds like a good thing if you don't know anything about steel. Good for machine parts, horrible for sharp things.

"Attach it to your person with the free belt clip and you're ready for battle."

It's free! You can attach it to your person without any additional fees!

"Get enlisted with this Military Task Force series and annihilate the competition."

What's with all this "join the military take force," "get enlisted" stuff? Are army recruiters writing these descriptions?

"This ultra-sleek and super compact piece of might is only available at Panther while supplies last. Get yours now and prepare for war."

I don't know what Panther is, it's not the name of the company or the site or anything. Maybe it's a copy+paste from another place. Also, you already said prepare for war.



Butterfly Style Folding Knife

$11

"New Style in the Knife Market. Made By Tiger USA. 4" Handle and 3" Blade"

At least this description is short and sweet. Before I had any taste in knives I bought a variant of this knife at a comic convention. I left it on a train I think. Mine had a different blade shape, I'm trying to figure out what this one's blade is for. Maybe it's so you can stab somebody and never get your knife back? Maybe some things are better left a mystery.



45 Cal Trigger Assisted Knife

$11

"Undead survival has never been so easy."

Never been so easy? It's never been a thing.

"This knife features some of the best specs of any spring assisted
knife out there."

I don't want to live in the universe where this is true.

"Let alone one specifically geared for Undead annihilation."

???

"The spring assisted blade ejects with ease and has a razor sharp blade edge making it
especially easy to slice up Undead flesh in a foggy graveyard."

What the hell are you talking about. Who are you.

"The Z-Slayer series never disappoints and this knife is no exception."

This is a toy you buy at a gun show for your disappointment of a nephew.

"Get your hands on this knife and never be without Undead protection."

I can't play this game anymore. I'll post more soon.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bugging In

A friend from my old job has a pretty great Youtube channel, "Bugging In." He demos all sorts of cool new gear and tools. Check it out and subscribe if you like it!

Link

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Talking About the Gerber Shard

The Shard is a nice little one piece multi-tool, or OPMT,  that I've been enjoying a lot recently. It's a true minimalist's tool, a single piece of titanium nitride coated steel with some handy functionalities built in. The Shard features a pry bar, the end of which serves as both small and medium flathead drivers and a groove that can strip wires. Underneath is an effective bottle opener that according to some can also open oxygen bottles like those used by EMTs in an emergency. On the opposite end of the tool is a phillips driver.


There is a very large lanyard hole that makes it very easy to carry on a keychain. I added a gate clip to make it easier to separate from my keys. Right now the Shard is a little over $6.00 on Amazon with free shipping. At that price most people could afford to pick one up in their next order, it's a solid OPMT at a fantastic price. If you're looking to add one to your EDC or just have an interesting bottle opener to keep around, the Shard is a winner.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pete TAK Paracord

I just opened my paracord store on Etsy! Check it out when you get a chance.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/PeteTAKparacord

8/27/13 EDC Pocket Dump


Maxpedition Urban Wallet
Ka-Bar TDI Last Ditch Knife (main blade)
Bic Lighter with cord wrap and pull tab
5.11 PLx penlight
KZ Stinger tactical pen
Volt E-Cig
On Keyring: True Utility Utili-key, Kingston SD reader,
Countycomm pocket light, small coil of paracord,
Gerber Shard tool, Gerber Dime multi-tool, and
Victorinox SD SAK.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Talking About the Gerber Dime


As much as I love my Skeletool CX, sometimes you have to mix things up. Recently I don't use my Skeletool very much, and most of the jobs I used it for could have been done with a lighter, more compact multi-tool. I looked around for a while and was planning on a Leatherman Squirt, but I played with a Gerber Dime in a store and loved it. I bought it right then and there. The Dime is a nice little tool, carries easily on a keyring and is only 3" long while closed.


I attached a spring clip to make it easier to remove from my keyring. Here you can see the bottle opener, which works whether to tool is open or closed. It's actually a great bottle opener, it can get a cap off in one try.

The Dime is equipped with a blade, a retail package opener, spring loaded scissors, a bottle opener, two flat head drivers and a file. All tools open via nail nick and can be accessed with the pliers closed. The retail package opener is a really cool function. A slightly hooked, chisel ground blade lets you get those horrible plastic traps your electronics came in open. With pulling cuts it's a very useful tool and I'd like to see more of these on other multi-tools.












The pliers are spring loaded, which is a pretty important part of why I like the Dime so much. Spring loaded pliers are just overall easier to use and cause less strain on your hands during prolonged use The wire cutters are pretty good for cutting thin gauge wire.









At $20, the Gerber Dime would be a great multi-tool for somebody who isn't sure if they need a multi-tool. it would also be great for somebody used to carrying a pocket brick of a tool who wants to streamline his EDC. There's no doubt in my mind that this was intended as a light duty multi-tool, but on a typical day that's all most people need. This is a fantastic tool with a fantastic pricepoint.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Talking About the Fenix E11 Flashlight (2013 Version)

I got an E11 flashlight a few months ago and I'm loving it. Running on a single AA battery it reaches 115 lumens on high, which isn't setting any records but it's enough for almost every common application. By slightly unscrewing the head you enable low mode at 35 lumens. A regular alkaline battery gets you over an hour of runtime on high, or six hours on low.



This is not a tactical light, it was designed specifically for outdoor sporting. It's shock resistant, waterproof to the IPX-8 standard and the body is durable aircraft grade aluminum. This light makes a great EDC light or backup light, it's compact enough to carry comfortably in the pocket and it's very lightweight.



The switch, located on the tailcap, gives a nice affirmative 'click' when pressed. A spare rubber boot for the switch is included, because any boot will wear out eventually. The only thing I'd change about this light is a good pocket clip, but many Fenix fans have attached clips from old flashlights to the E11 with good results. If you want a good basic flashlight in the $30 range, you can't go wrong with a Fenix, and the E11 is a great model.