by Michael on August 16, 2014
Lubrication is of prime importance to prevent the failure of folding knives, tools and other mechanical devices that create friction. A good knife lubricant applied to the pivot can even make stiff blades much easier and smoother to open or close. For my money Nano-Oil (Link) has been the best product for this purpose. Nano-Oil is a premium lubrication option with a price tag to match, but the performance and advantages it offers over other oils is worth the added cost. If you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on folding knives a high quality lubricant is also a must to keep their pivots smooth, free of rust and operating at optimal performance.
To cater to this particular need, a number of industrial and armament grade fluid and dry lubricants are available in the marketplace. Of these, there are many which are preferred as lubricants for application in the pivots of folding knives for smooth blade deployment. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on August 8, 2014
The Kershaw CQC-6K I ordered last week finally arrived. Now it’s time for an unboxing. The CQC-6K came in a very nice box with the Emerson skull printed on the top of the box. It states “Designed by Emerson” and “Built By Kershaw” on the side, giving a clear indication of what to expect.
Along with the typical paperwork Kershaw has included a packet containing three additional screws. The hardware also happens to be standard Phillips and flat head screws instead of torx. A nice touch. I wish more makers would do this, especially with budget knives as it’s not uncommon for these “economical” blades to include somewhat soft screws and hardware that can be easily stripped. Not fun when this happens, but at least you’ll have replacements on hand. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on July 30, 2014
The CQC-6K, which was just recently released by Kershaw, has been in my shopping cart for a few weeks now. I have never owned an Emerson knife before so a budget model folder with their design really intrigued me.
This morning I wake up, head on over to Amazon and find it has dropped in price by about $10 from an already good deal of $35. That’s what I consider too hot of a deal to pass up. I had to jump on it. There are only 5 left in stock after I bought one, so hurry over if you want to get your own before the price goes back up. The price of the Kershaw CQC-6K has been fluctuating greatly, but this is the cheapest I have seen it yet.
Look forward to a review within a month or so.
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by Michael on July 29, 2014
If you are a knife connoisseur then you’ve most likely heard of the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 folding knife. It’s no secret that the Para 2 has easily become one of the best reviewed, most popular and fastest selling folding knives on the market by both users and collectors alike.
What is it about this particular knife that makes it so special? A handful of unique design features, quality build materials and improvements over the original Paramilitary help explain why it has become a must have for all knife enthusiasts wanting a larger sized folder for everyday carry.
Lets take a quick look and discuss the various reasons for its ascent to the top of an evergrowing pile of high quality EDC knives.
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by Michael on July 21, 2014
The Kershaw Skyline (available here) is a flipper many of you are probably very familiar with already. It’s the favored EDC knife of countless users who are constantly singing its praises. Seeing as how I already have a very good EDC blade I had been putting off purchasing the Skyline. Well, now I finally have one of my own and I would like to share the unboxing and my first impressions of this hallowed and extremely popular EDC knife. Let’s open it up and see if all the hype is merited. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on July 11, 2014
A growing selection of people all over the world are experiencing major changes for the worse in many facets of daily life. Future uncertainties have created an extraordinary movement towards survival and preparedness due to massive and continued foreclosures, layoffs and the ever increasing prices of basic commodities. Most experts in preparedness, survival and TEOTWAWKI agree that there is need of practical skills for life after civilization. These experts also agree that “The end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI)” refers to circumstances that can forever alter society and threaten the survival of human beings. Some of these situations include nuclear war, mega volcano eruptions, worldwide pandemics and asteroid impacts, among others. The average person may think these events seem absurd, but they’re among many deadly and devastating disasters that can alter society and our planet well into the future. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on July 4, 2014
I have always had a preference for fixed blades, but in the average person’s day-to-day life they are simply not practical. I doubt many office workers could stroll into their cubicle with a BK9 hanging from the waist without someone calling the police. That’s why the majority of “EDC” knives (Every Day Carry) are small and inconspicuous folders. They don’t draw attention and as long as certain restrictions are met according to your local laws, are usually perfectly legal to conceal carry.
Today I’m going to be discussing the Ontario RAT 2, my current and all-time favorite EDC pocket knife. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on June 24, 2014
The Condor Kukri Machete up for review (available here) is an excellent option for a large, affordable, fixed blade knife that’s perfect for heavy-duty chopping, hacking vines and shrubbery, cutting wood, batoning and clearing trails. It makes short work of tall brush, easily lops off limbs for firewood, and sharpens up quickly to a razor edge.
I reviewed the Condor Heavy Duty Kukri a while back and came away very satisfied with everything that model had to offer. Like the HD Kukri, this model is also made in El Salvador with premium build materials, including high-carbon steel, thick genuine leather, and a gorgeous hardwood handle. This stout blade can take plenty of abuse without bending, breaking or chipping.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes the Condor Kukri machete such an ideal choice for outdoorsmen who need a reliable machete to bring along in the woods and on the trail. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on June 11, 2014
Shelter: An essential element of survival – along with clothing, food, and water, of course. When we think of shelter, usually the first thing that pops into our minds are our homes, apartments, condo’s, and houses. In an emergency or rescue scenario, shelter may not be such a warm and comfortable place.
Being exposed in the wilderness can leave us open to all sorts of harmful elements, from extreme heat and cold to wind, rain, and snow. Exposure can quickly turn the odds against you when it comes to injuries, illness, wild animals and other dangers. You should always know how to construct a survival shelter out of materials found in nature. This can really save your behind if an emergency were ever to occur that left you stranded with no tent or existing structures for shelter. Whether you get lost in the woods while hiking or stranded in the mountains during a skiing trip, who knows exactly when, where, or why you might need to build a impromptu survival shelter. With the crazy stuff happening in the world all around us on a daily basis, it couldn’t hurt to have mental blueprints – just in case. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on June 5, 2014
It’s not often you find a product that is truly innovative. That’s why I’m really intrigued by the KLAX multi-tool campaign on Kickstarter.
The KLAX is a portable ax head envisioned by Glenn Klecker of Klecker Knives that features many other uses (wrench, bottle opener, carabiner, hex driver, hammer etc.) and a unique clamping system that allows it to be attached to almost any sturdy piece of wood it will fit for a makeshift handle. That ability alone sets it apart from a couple similar tools, such as the TOPS ATAX and Fremont Farson Blade. Klecker will also be making specialized handles built specifically for the KLAX.
Four KLAX models are planned: Lumberjack, Woodsman, Feller and Ti; the first three of which will be made from 5/16″ thick SUS420J2, a Japanese stainless steel. Continue reading this post ➜