Sunday, December 21, 2014

Back in the saddle

Well, there's not much to be said :-)

Friday, October 18, 2013


It's not been overly delayed and the lack of content is utterly depressing. We'll be back...soon

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Be back soon

Well, it looks like it's gonna take me far longer to catch up on the entries than I had expected. But who cares anyway... the gear will keep coming in... and when I get the chance... I will write.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

UCO Stormproof Matchkit

I love all sorts of gear. There, I said it. Sometimes having this fixation on all things made of steel and high tech polymers can stand in the way of  prioritizing what is essential and what is just plain ornamental. At the the end of the day you have to stay alive, get something to eat, make a signal or keep yourself warm through a cold night and amongst all these things there is one crucial component that will always play a very definitive role and that's fire!
Of course we can go through a very long nightime story of how fire was first discovered by man and how humans found and developed new and more effecient ways to create fire, but that is not what this post about. It's about how to keep one your fire making device safe from the elements. This is where the UCO matchkit enters stage right. Honestly I have not tried this little baby because I received the package that contained this kit during summer and actually it still is on my side of the planet. So, If I ever head out in the field the only thing that will greet me will be sun and a lot of it. It's so easy to light a fire these days that even a simple bamboo fire saw will do the trick.

This kit comes in 3 colors (OD, Yellow & Orange) and from the pictuires I guess you can pretty much tell what I got first. So after some dilligent browsing online I saw this website called and it had some pieces of info on the said product which goes exactly like this:

"The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is a waterproof case that includes 25 matches and 3 strikers. The case features an integrated striker on the outside to provide an easy location for lighting matches and can hold up to 40 matches. The ribbed case is easy to grip with cold hands. Unlike other “waterproof” or “windproof” matches, UCO Stormproof Matches are easy to light, and will stay lit for up to 15 seconds, even after being submerged in water! Being able to reliably make a fire is vital for cooking, generating warmth, and in survival situations, making signal fires. UCO Stormproof Matches are perfect for camping, emergency kits, and should be part of every 10 Essentials check list."

there's also another section that outlined some of the Matchkit's features:

  • Durable, waterproof case floats and keeps contents dry and protected.
  • Molded, vertical ribbing provides a sure grip in wet, harsh conditions.
  • External, integrated, and replaceable striker for easy lighting.
  • Includes 25 windproof and waterproof matches and 3 strikers. Match case can hold up to 40 matches.
  • Matches are easy to light and will relight after being submerged in water!
  • Up to 15 second burn time.
  • Extended length of match allows for added safety to keep from burning fingertips.
  • Lights campfires, stoves, gas-barbecues, etc.
  • Match case is US patent pending.
  • Weight (Kit): 1.7 oz. (48 g)

The website also features a lot of other cool stuff that I also ended up buying and will probably end up on these pages as well so for now, till next sign!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Well...vacation time's over

Howdy fellers. Well, I've been languishing in the duldrums of pre-parenthood wonderings to a fault. It's been an entire month with nary an entry into this journal of all things Gearhoarding related. I'll make it up to you tonight but for now. Say hi to my new camping buddy...his name's Danger

Friday, March 1, 2013

Maxpedition Ferox

It's 5:26 in the morning here in the Philippines and I just smoked my first cigarette for the day, made my morning coffee and and checked some of the new gear that came in the mail. There's one knife that I bought on impulse since I was so curious as to how a company can diversify their product offerings by transitioning to the next most logical product market. Well just to cut through the blabbering, I'm talking about Maxpedition.

They've been around since the late 80s and have made a reputation for making & selling some of the best hard use tactical equipment carry solutions. While I have not yet experienced using their tactical gear, I have just recently tried using one of their first knives - the Maxpedition Ferox. This time I got myself the model that feartured a "serrated" edge since I often go into the woods and I do a good bit of camping having serrations on your blade allows you to cut vines and thick rope faster.  So before we go into my ramblings below are some specifications for the analytical readers:

  • Blade: 3.25" / 82.5mm
  • Handle (closed) length: 4.5" / 114.3mm
  • Overall (open) length: 7.75" / 196.8mm
  • Blade thickness: 0.125" / 3.1mm
  • Weight: 4 oz
  • Steel: 5Cr13 heat-treated to 56/59HRc
  • Blade profile: Drop point utility with flipper/guard
  • Blade grind: High V-grind
  • Blade color: Black
  • Edge: Serrated
  • Serration type: Field maintainable chisel tooth
  • Thumb stud: Ambidextrous
  • Locking mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Handle material: Fiber reinforced nylon
  • Handle hardware: Black stainless steel
  • Non-obtrusive Maxpedition logo blends with handle
  • Thong hole: Yes, fits 550 Paracord
  • Pocket clip: Yes, tip down
  • Available in Black (#FEROXSB), Green (#FEROXSG), Khaki (#FEROXSK)
  • Imported (made in China)

  • I was pretty happy when I took this knife out of the box because it felt comfortable in the hands courtesy of the very ergonomic layout of the handle and the mildly textured Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon hndle scales. It's relatively light for it's size and the flipper works so smooth. In fact even without the flipper, if you hold the handle at a certain angle while anchoring the surface of your middle finger onto the raised tip of the pocket clip, the back tip of your thumb will get enough leverage to kick the blade into deployment using the thumbstud just like an assisted opening knife. I will not suggest you do this. One thing worth mentioning is the fact that the knife also uses what appears to be phosphor bronze washers, so there's really no need to oil the pivot points of the blade (or at least it minimizes the need to do so, especially when you're out in the field)  and the lock up is very impressive because you can see that the liner lock really positions itself the the center of the blade's base where it should be.


    At first glance the knife looks simple but after you use it, you'll realize that the Maxpedition guys really know what they wanted to achieve with this knife. When I opened the knife and held it, the jimping at the back of the blade combined with the smaller grooves on the linerlock provided a very positive grip that inspires confidence. This is one factor that made me feel real happy about this knife because in stressful situations its a great thing to know that your knife will stay on your hands and in the unlikely even that your lock gets disengaged, the Ferox's flipper guard will prevent the blade from closing all the way through your fingers great work Maxpedition! Just add a lanyard which you can loop unto your wrist and surely this knife will stay with you even if you lose your grip.

    The blade appears more like a spear point to my eyes, but I'm not gonna argue with that - but I will go as fas as saying that the serrations are actually layed out as an interrupted blade edge profile that allows you to sharpen the serrated section of your blade as if you would a plain edge. This is another plus as you can always touch up the serrations using a smooth surface like the rim of the tiolet bowl, the underside edges of a ceramic coffee mug, smooth rocks, etc, the list if endless.

    This is knife is a true tactically designed, utility intended knife that will help a lot at the shop, in the kitchen, at basecamp and even in the field.  MSRP is at $29 bucks or so, but of course street prices usually go lower than that. Buy this.