Friday, November 23, 2012

Gerber Essentials Combo Pack Review Part I: The Gerber Paraframe I

This was an absolute steal for me.  Usually when you buy items imported from the states, they end up getting priced about twice as much as compared to the actual MSRP. It’s also hard to get outdoor equipment for street prices since they have a small local niche market.  So what we have here is the Gerber Essentials kit that’s made up of 3 items. Gerber’s very popular Paraframe I, a Mini Suspension Multitool with sping loaded scissors (I’d go for the pliers actually) and a mini Tempo torch. All good things. I'm tempted to review the whole package as a set but thwarting all inclinations for convenience/laziness aside, I'll review the items found inside this blister pack one by one and we will start with the Gerber Paraframe I.

So for the Specs:

Frame lock handle design
Lightweight open stainless steel handles
Titanium nitrade-coated blade
Sturdy pocket clip
Overall Length: 7.01"
Blade Length: 3.01"
Closed Length: 4.11"
Weight: 2.6 oz.
Lock Mechanism: Frame-lock
Blade Style: Clip Point
Blade Material: High Carbon Stainless
Blade Type: Serrated
Handle Material: Stainless Steel
Opening Style: One-handed opening

I've allowed this knife to get past me so many times since I wasn't too keen about its skeletonized handle frame and after seeing so many variations from plain edge, combo edge, black finished, bead blasted, version 1 and version 2 and so on, I decided to just drop it and move on to the next knife. I remember ending up with with a Gerber Gator, but that's another story worth writing about in the upcoming knife reviews this year. Writing this from where I am now, I'm glad I waited. I've actually come to the realization that the things that I gravitate toward will simply find their way into my household at some point in the future whether I want it or not and the same premise has proven itself time and again. So here I am holding this knife. It's sharp. Razor sharp. As with all of my other Gerber knives, taking an edge has never been an Issue, but Gerber has been notorious for using softer steels that are easy to sharpen but will not hold their edge if put to the gruelling demands of camplife. Which is why I always look at Gerbers as knives to actually use, abuse and wear out - you have to treat them with a consumerist minset because they're like real tools that have their flaws and weaknesses but given the amount of use and proper care, they should serve you well and once you retire them, you'll be happy looking at the dinged up beaten knife with fond memories of the adventures you had with your trusty Gerber product.
Anyway, the main reason as to why still ended up wanting to have this in my EDC list is the frame lock feature that works so smooth and so well! I've had the luxury of using different knives over time with different locking mechanisms and the frame lock is by far my locking mechanism of choice because not only is this lock safe, it is also stronger due to the tolerance of the entire frame over a thin 410 stainless steel liner. The knife also has some overized amidextrous thumbstuds that is machined to exacting measures that the micro terraced ridges actually caches and holds on to your thumb whenever you set the blade out for deployment. There's a good clip point on this knife's slender blade that gives you a good bit of stabbing leverage as well as an ergonomically contoured stainless steel handle that minimizes fatigue on your hands expecially for extended use. The size of the knife Doesn't really inspire too much to be used for bushcrafting but if it's for preparing food, peeling fruits, cutting veggies, whittling and making feather sticks. For the latter, make sure you pinch the spine of the blade as you shave off very very thin layers of wood as you go through the length of the wooden branch that your making feather sticks out of since it's a folding knife afterall. So as an end note, this will make a very good edc knife for daily chores and may even work well as back up if you don't need to whip out that full tang, large field knife or your Ka-Bar USMC combat knife.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Scout Folder

It took me quite a while to get my hands on this little dynamite of sorts. Not because it's so damn hard to find like a retired Cold Steel Arc Angel but because it was so prohibitively expensive locally as compared to the stateside MSRP. I ended up paying almost $20 for this tiny lockback but it was all in the persuit of gearhoarding so it was money well spent (in my world, that is) so, lets get down to business.

Gerber came out with their "Survival Series" line of knives in cooperation with reknowned TV presenter and once part time SAS dude Bear Grylls. This knife belonged to the first wave of gear and survival tools under the aforementioned company branding and one of the most overlooked in the entire line, I'm lead to believe that this was due to the fact that it's small, it can barely survive a day in an actual survival situation, it's expensive when compared to the more resilient and time tested, overbuilt & battle proven swiss army knife (another knife soooo damn close to this knifewriter's heart) and most especially it's made in China (and there's this big thing in knife communities about going for knives made in Taiwan over those manufactured in China like in the case of Cold Steel, but that's another story altogether).

But really I don't mind if it's made in planet Tinkerbell. I want to have it and I went for it - so am I happy with my purchase? Yes. Will I even really use this knife? Yes; maybe to whittle softwoods, peel vegetables, slice fruit, mince meat and other very light tasks. Will I be able to survive camp life with just this knife? Maybe not, but I just might find out the answer to that question one of these days. What does this little baby knife have to offer? Well, it's super sharp right out of the box, that's for sure. It's also got a very good lock up for a small knife, It's fairly easy to sharpen and if needed you can even open it using one hand ( I will not recommend it tho. Just make ample use of the nail nick when deploying the blade).

The ergonomics are outstanding as will all other knives with Gryll's name stamped on 'em and there's also a lanyard hole where a key ring may be attached or perhaps a paracord may be looped into because with it's size, there's this looming possibility that it just might slip out of your pocket. I even end up forgetting that I have it with me and I simply find myself reaching for another knife to cut stuff just to realize that I have this Compact Scout in my EDC Organizer or my gear slinger. Another thing worth taking note of is that fact that this knife does not have any rubberized overmold, making it less tacky or "grippy" so always be careful as the serrated edges are so sharp that if your fingers slip, you just might need some micro surgery done on your hands.

So grip the knife with finesse, use the finger notch for what it's designed for and always focus. Distractions are the last thing you need when performing tasks that involve knives or sharp objects (as always, I had to learn that the hard way)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Kubotan

I did a bit of research when I saw this item being mentioned on some random survivalist magazine 5 years ago. Since then I've been fascinated by the notion of using a small cylindrical rod to save yourself from harm in the event of close quarter self-defense situations. Come to think of it if an attcked grabs you, and inflicts some form intimidation you will usually think of either getting the hell out of that situation or accepting the fact that it is really happening and you have no choice but to take things head on. You can't always drive a blade into a human being's shoulder or shoot a person with a 9mm without worrying about serious repercussions later on inside a courtroom. This is where non-lethal self defense tools or implements take center stage. There's a good bunch of cool stuff to choose from like Yawaras, pocket flails, monkeyfists, polymer knuckles, walking canes, umbrellas, slapjacks, knuckle rings, comtech stingers, tactical pens, the keys to your apartment and what not. The thing is, you don't always step out of the house with the luxury of choosing which among these items in your arsenal of pocket weapons will suit your needs for the day.

So lets talk about the Kubotan - Invented by a Japanese dude named Takayuki Kubota ; primarily intended for use by the Los Angeles Police Department officers as a tool for turning the tables around against larger attackers or for use in subduing stubborn individuals that just simply refuse to stay down or "get along with the program". I remember that in order for a police officer to carry a Kubotan, he /she must first certify out of an 8-hour Kubotan certification training course. Well, we're not LAPD police officers but the good thing about the Kubotan is that you can use the same tool and incorporate it as a variable device along side some basic self defense or martial arts training. Besides, you need to go to Japan to learn Kobojutsu.

The Kubotan's design pretty much makes sure that you have it with you even without you consciously thinking about it. The first models that came out were simply made of a 5 and 1/2 cylindrical rod made of high impact resistant polymers, then came the keyring model that allowed you to keep your keys with your Kubotan - the keys intuitively served as an added weapon that can be used as a flail when targeting more sesitive parts in the face of your attacker/perpetrator. I've kept different variations of the kubotan with me and at this point I've found myself leaning more toward the ones made of aircraft grade aluminum, with a very subtle rounded tip because it's lightweight tough and packs quite a wallop. As an impact device, the Kubotan (or Kubaton as it is also called) is pretty much as good as a paper weight without the backing of any training but if used while considering specific impact points or targets on the human body, you just might stand a chance to run away, live and find more trouble another day. It's pretty much based on the concept of force multiplication. A single amount of force exerted on an object increases when focused on a much smaller surface area. So if you think about it, the Kubotan capitalizes on the body's compliance to pain. Imagine your ribs being rammed with the steel tip of an umbrella as opposed to being punched on your chest.

Now don't think of ever using this piece of steel against the undead because you'll find out you've made a big jackhole out of yourself.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Knife Review: Gerber Instant (Yay! another Gerber goodie swag.)

After waiting in line for so long, I finally got my hands on this bastard. The same knife has been the subject of a product recall when it first came out putting the blame on a faulty locking mechanism that posed a laceration hazard with the serrated part of the blade. But it looks like the big brains over at Gerber's offices in Oregon have done well beyond putting a remedy to that very disheartening fault.

So on with the show. A few months back Gerber came out with the "Unstoppable" theme boasting a very impressive product lineup for 2012, one of the first knives to be featured on this ad campaign was the Gerber Instant. At that time the said campaign also put up an online video which grabbed me by the neck from the first two words, "Hello, Trouble...", I couldn't really help but pick up my jaw from the floor and feel nothing short of jealous bout them dudes that got the chance to preview this "tactically inspired" piece of steel first. Well, Gerber fanboydom aside, lets get down to the specs:

  • Deployment is done by the F.A.S.T. (Forward Action Spring Technology) Assisted Opening 2.0 mechanism
  • The blade is secured in the open position with a Thumb plunge lock safety function similar to that of the overbuilt unfuckwithability of the Gerber 06 S30V Auto.
  • Features Textured G-10 composite handles with stainless steel liners
  • Retention with a tipdown Pocket clip for convenient everyday carry
  • 3.33-Inch Stainless Steel (7Cr17Mov) modified drop point blade

    First impressions on the knife, well, sharpness is always questionable until you've used the knife for some routine tasks over time, so I'm not gonna delve on the subject of how the blade holds an edge. It came in quite sharp straight right out of the box, that's for sure. The ergonomics are definitely worth writing home about. The way the handles are constructed gives your hand more material to grab on and grip on to allowing better control and inspires a good bit of confidence expecially when you're putting that sharp blade to the task. There's some moderate jimping on the lower spine of the blade that extends to the upper part of the handle that keeps your knife in check while working on finer cutting chores. Big plus, as always for including a lanyard hole and some very slick work on the skeletonized design on the handles.

    The deployment was very easy as you simply need to exert relatively minimal pressure when nudging the dual thumb studs on the blade. I felt that the lock-up wasn't as solid as I had hoped as I have been using a Kershaw RJ II for a few weeks before this knife came in the mail. I got so used to hearing that loud, solid, imposing lock-up that the Kershaw RJ II gave off that I wanted to get that same lock up with the Gerber Instant, but after closer scrutiny, the blade on the Instant held up quite well even when I tried to shake the blade. No lateral nor forward blade play at all, Great job Gerber!

    I'm a big fan of tip up carry and I feel that the Gerber dudes aren't. So Instead of going a right pocket carry, I had to clip this knife on inside of my left pocket to make sure that that blade's spine went against my pocket's seams because Gerber missed out on putting a lock for a blade that can be deployed in an instant (pun intended). That with that moderate bitching taken into consideration, I'd still pay MSRP on this knife - which I did. So, don't just take my words for whatever crap they might be tantamount to - get one and start looking for dear old trouble... he loves company!


    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Light My Fire Spork (Original Tritan Version Red)

    Any camper at one point in time will need to slow down, breathe deep, drink some water and fuel up with some good grub for long trek through an unexplored trail. Digging deep into those MRE (Meals Ready To Eat) packets or those p38 opened cans with your bare fingers will either cause a pretty messy acquaintance with the packet or a bloody slicing encounter as your skin gets serrated by the sharp can rim. We're far too civilized for eating with our bare hands nowadays (good or bad - both sides of the argument wins and frankly, I don't care)  This brings us to this entry about Lightmyfire's original spork.

    I'm not really too used to double ended eating utensils, but this one works. The brainchild (amongst a good few others) of Joachim Nordwall, the LMF Original Spork boasts an impressive 9 gram weight, made of very durable Tritan Copolyester (yeah, i'm big on polymers!) that's been known for it's strength, chemical resistance & flexibility and hey, non BPA (Bisphenol A) so it' means you can use it to feed the spawn of your loins. The actual measurements are at 170x38x17mm - do the conversion and use google. I got this for free when I bought a Wenger Swiss Army Knife for my next camping trek (wherever that may be - and has been godfosakeningly overdue) but this should be fairly available wherever good camping gear may be found!

    If you want to find out more details about LightMyFire products, then visit and buy something will yah!

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

    The Arrow Precision 18 LB Synthetic Recurve

    I've been shooting a good bit with my 40 lb. recurve for quite sometime now and I thought about bringing out an old kiddie recurve that I've used indoors just for fun shooting. Enter the 18lb takedown recurve bow from Arrow Precision Outdoors.  It's so lightweight that I pretty much look at it like a toy.
    So I did a few shots and wanted to see if it can even take down small game like squirrels or maybe birds. There are no birds nor squirrels or even rats (lotsa stray feral cats tho) that venture near my 4th floor apartment so I just used plastic IceTea bottles and I'm pretty happy with the results from 10 yards. I will need to make special arrows for this bow though. I will put that as a part of my special projects list since I still have a good bunch of unfinished home-based projects just waiting in the wings from crossbow strings to non-electrical home lighting systems and emergency contingency planning Oh well... I'll publish the results of that arrow making project in the coming days

    Gear Essentials: WD40 Lubricant

    If you're not familiar with WD40, that's ok because a lot of folks neglect to keep their kit in top shape when they get caught up with the rigors of more pressing concerns when situated in long term survival situations or when they're having so much fun in the outdoors.
    When I go camping or trekking I always make sure I have a good carbon steel based field knife, a small neck knife, either a camp axe or a strong heavy bladed machete and a good multi-tool to make quick work of camp jobs that will require a tad bit of precision & finesse.  Of course putting all your tools through a day's worth of labor will warrant some eventual maintenance somewhere down the line. So take a few seconds of your time to sit down and relax. While you're at it gather some of your metal based gear like knives and other sharps as well as your saws, multi-tools and camp axes and give em a quick helping of WD40. Not only will it help prevent steel from corroding and catching rust, it will also drive moisture out of hinges, pivot points and in between metal liners. Always keep a can of wd40 - you'll be glad you had it. On a side note, it also makes for a good accelerant when building fire in rough weather.

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Gear Essentials: The Jungle Machete

    While a good number of campers, trekkers and trampers will be confident and at peace in the outdoors equipped with their tiny celidor handled Swiss Army Knives, the Hunter, Survivalist and of course Zombie Hunters (and Huntresses) would up the ante and carry a Machete of some form either in their rucksacks, bug-out-bags or even safely carried onto their belts.

    The machete has played a crucial role in historical events from the rain forests of central America all the way to the isles of Great Britain (or UK for the hip at heart) but it's true value lies not only in its versatility in performing cutting tasks but also the great amount of work that it can accomplish and an even greater amount of destruction it can unleash. I guess that's why the name Spanish term 'machete" literally translates to "little sledgehammer".

    I've often han an aversion for carrying more than one multi-tool or a multipurpose knife during my scouting days. I have come to realize that the reason behind this is the fact that the situtations that I have found my self in during those times never called for a need to use workhorse / torture resilient tools. I never even needed to fish back then, nor hunt nor did I ever consider eating insects.

    But gone are those days and as the Zombie Outbreak slowly, but surely begins to show signs of actually taking place the need for stronger, more reliable and more resilient tools come into order. Actually, I've started using a machete not because of zombies but because I realized that I cannot fell a small tree nor build improvised shelters with a dinky pocket knife. The machete has served my needs so well over time that I now look at it as an indispensible tool whenever I go out in the wild. I may leave my take-down recurve hunting bow, but you'll have to pry my carbon steel machete from my dead decomposing hands.
    There have been so many varions of the Machete that came out as time went on such as the Latin Machete (which I believe is the original, and known as the traditional machete in most parts of the world), Panga, Heavy Machete, Parang (from the Malay archipelag), the Gulok, Tabak or Itak from the Philippines and a plethora of others - each one of them rightfully earning a separate review all their own. I don't have any special preferrence over these various types cause it will really depend on the task that you need to accomplish and besides a true survivalist will have to made do with what's on hand and make the best out of it - Hell, I remember CASTAWAY, one of my favorite survival films of all time, the main character played by Tom Hanks even used Ice Skating shoes as his main cutting tool. So, If you don't know anything about flintknapping, or if you can't survive while stranded in a island in the South Pacific with a broken pair of Ice Skating boots - always bring a Machete!

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Knife Review: Bradley Kimura V Balisong

    Being from the Phlippines, my exposure to the balisong came at a rather early age. My grand dad who served in the 2nd world war was the first person to tell me about their existence. I was about 3 or 4 years old when I came to him asking if he can reach something from the cabinets in my room and as he turned to me I saw him with his gun all stripped on the table being cleaned and I also saw this cool looking thingy with a blade attached to two counter rotating handles as he polished them. I kinda thought that it looked more like a toy over anything else. So I asked what it was. I was told that it was called a balisong. my grandfather knowing that I was into toy swords probably thought i'd be better off not seeing how cool it was if I saw the knife being flipped in this quick blinding fashion. So he closed the thing with two hands placed it inside his filing cabinet and helped me with reaching my toys from the cabinets. I never got to see that balisong anymore even after the old man passed away. It was a few years later when I saw these knives being sold at a local "vaciador" (a place that offers sharpening services for knives, saws, scissors, and other bladed tools). I was in 6th grade at that time and with my measley allowance saved up painstakingly - skipping lunch, not buying music cassettes, not buying Wrestling trading cards with their colorful bubblegum, not buying chips, not telling mom that I was planning to buy a balisong.

    The day came when I got my first balisong and man, I sufferred from so many cuts, some minor some really, really bad. This was a great learning opportunity for me. I learned that carbon steel, honed to razor sharpness can cut human skin like a hot knife through butter. Several hours, days, weeks, months of flipping taught me how to respect the blade and what it can do. So dozens of balisongs and 25 years later I decided to get a non Filipino made balisong from Bradley Cutlery. I've been thinking about trying this $150 balisong before I stepped up and got the $280 Morpho Balisong from Benchmade and there are a few things worth commenting on about this acquisition. First off it's sharp. I mean razor sharp. Sharper than razor sharp... in the words of Hattori Hanzo "Its so sharp that if god stood in its way, god will be cut in two". I don't know too much about god but I sure know a good bit about knives and I can't remember how many times I got bitten that that notoriously unforgiving edge.

    Well, here are the specs before anything else:
    Blade Length: 3-3/4"
    Closed Length: 5-1/4"
    Overall Length: 8-7/8"
    Handle Material: Stainless steel
    Blade Material: Stainless steel
    Blade Style: Spear Point
    Manual latch
    No sheath or pocket clip
    Made in USA

    The word's out that although this balisong is sold under the Bradley Cutlery brand, the knife was actually manufactured by Kershaw. Which explains the solid, overbuilt quality & feel of the knife. As far as rumors are concerned in knife collecting circles, this might just be true and that's not a bad thing at all given the quality of knives that Kershaw has always been known for. Holding the knife with the intention of flipping it made me feel a bit uneasy as I've always been used to Filipino Handmade Balisongs that are more on the lighter end at around 3 to 3.5 onces. This knife weighs in at about 5.4 ounces so, the added weight should allow for better control with aerials and spins but there's also a higher potential for it to slip. So, I approached it with extreme caution. The knife has a good, clean beadblast grey finish. The handles are made of 410 Stainless steel and if I did my homework right the blade steel is made of 14C28N Sandvik Stainless steel - the same steel that they use for those stainless versions of the world famous Mora knives of Sweden (I'll post a review on them in the future). Edge retention is top notch, I've used this knife for a year and I've never found the need to resharpen nor touch up the blade at all. The knife is based on a "sandwich contruction" platform, meaning that the sides of the handles are screwed together to hold the blade and retain the structure of the knife. Instead of the standard spacer, we have barrel type spacers on the knife with a manual latch that renders the knife locked solid when closed and when opened - just like a reliable fixed blade.

    I'd like to give props for the use of phosphor bronze washers on the pivot screws as this eliminates the need for oiling and allows the knife handles to swivel smoothly all the time. In the closed position the tip on the knife's tang serves a reliable impact device for self defense emergencies. Well worth my $150. Oh, by the way I ended up spearing my left ankle with this knife when I dropped it open. Crazy? yup! and painful too.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    Gear Essentials: Duct Tape

    If you ever find yourself trying to come up with a list of things that you might want to toss into that camping bag or bug out bag, make sure that you include adhesive tape. I really cannot stress how important these are, various types may be used for various applications but for today we'll talk about my all time favorite. And I mean all time as in from way back McGyver worship days - always bring a good amount of Ductape!
    Aside from it's well known and time tested insulating properties, ductape can be used for so many things that they should really sell for more than what they do (but we all would not want that won't we?). Anyhow, aside from the obvious uses a ridiculously long list and applications are to be found on the internet from military use, space explorations, medical purposes and even fixing the dropped call issue on Apple's iPhone4 So, never forget that duct tape is always a must! So Far I've used it to help dress bad cuts, nocking points on my improvised paracord bow string, as a sheath for my jungle machete, I've twisted it into cordage, fashioned cups and eating utensils out of it, made a bamboo bow with it and a used it for makeshift sandals and shoes. The list is endless!

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    That was like two hundred years ago when I made my first post...

    Oh well.... been quite a while since I ranted and raved about that little black folding Karambit I got and so much stuff has happened since. Not much in terms of exploring the great outdoors, but so much in terms of gear acquisition and research from new cutting tools to, survival equipment, shelter devices and emergency preparedness items. I barely got the time to sit down and type but I definitely will once I finish boxing up all my gear and after I have settled down at my new apartment for now... keep 'em campfires burning.

    PS: Coghlan's Outdoor Gear Are The Kings!

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Knife Review: Mantis Midnight Karambit

    I don't really know much about Karambits or Curved blades aside from what I learned from online blogs, knifemaker websites and knife forums. I think I only have about 4 or 5 Karambits and I never even took the time to field test any of them. Unlike martial arts practitioners, I don't look forward to using blades in a self defense situation or for close quarters combat (I'd rather go boxing - with gloves, mind you). I use these knives for utility purposes around the house, while I'm hiking, or when I'm fishing and camping. Despite being hailed as a very effective/aggressive untamed blade or weapon, Karambits are quite notorious for being very limited in their utilitary function. I've tried opening packages with a few of 'em, and even went as far as slicing vegetables, preparing ingredients for a meat dish and even peeling squash and I was really unimpressed with the Karambit. Being the stubborn camper-boy that I am, I still got another one to add to my collection. This time it's a knife that came out in 2011 by a company called Mantis. I've been reading a good amount of flak from people saying that these knives from Mantis are just for show but after holding the knife in my hands, it actually felt well made. The ergonomics leave a small, teeny, tiny bit to be desired and the deployment was somewhat awkward at first but there were remedies within reach that can easily and greatly improve the overall performance of the tool.

    There are a few things worth discussing about the Mantis Midnight Karambit model MK-1VX. before I go blabbering about my assbackwards opinion on blades lets go to the specifications on the tool itself:

    Overall Length: 6 inches
    Blade Length: 2 inches
    Blade Material: M-vX
    Blade Style: Curved
    Handle Material: 420J2
    Lock Style: Frame Lock
    Carry System: Ambidextrous Pocket Clip
    Weight: 4.1 oz.
    Special Features: High speed tool steel M-vX

    First lets talk bout the size of the tool. With the blade length at a diminuitive 2 inches, you definitely can't expect the knife to help you with any serious utility related tasks. I have, however, found the curved hemispherical blade to be very reliable in cutting parachute cord or threaded nylon rope, kevlar, cordura, boxes, cardboard, blister packaging and even a cutting apples in half in a split second. The blade profile is visually appealing and while I'm not a big fan of chisel ground blades it appears like the most intuitive choice for smaller, unconventionally shaped cutting edges. The jimping found on the finger choils, frame locks, security ring thumbrest and blade spine are a bit rounded in their surface finish which reduces fatigue on your fingers and allows for a more secure grip especially if you're using the knife for an extended period of time.

    It is worth noting though that the thumb rest on this Karambit also serves as a "stop" which leans against the upper part of your middle finger if the Karambit is held in an extended grip position, with the blade point facing upwards for vertical dual cut motions (or sidewards for horizontal dual cuts). The security ring has as smooth finish and allows you spin the karambit with ease if the need should arise and spining the Karambit is an essential motion in controlling the blade or maneuvering/executing cuts (Or if grandstanding and showing off is your thing - you arrogant fuck!)

    I initially thought that there was a backsping because of the way the black anodized spacers are integrated into the handles. After closer scrutiny, I realized that there was none and there isn't even a barrel spacer to hold the base of the blade tang to absorb the impact received by the cutting edge in case it hits human bone or when a higher amount of unexpected tension gets in contact with the cutting edge. I discovered that there is s small pin on the side of the blade's tang that is aligned into a canal on the handle frame and it's the only thing along with the pivot screw that keeps the blade in proper alignment at that moment the knife locks up. I would suggest that you use this knife for very light cutting tasks.

    I'll give kudos for the solid blade lock up heavily due to the frame lock construction. After using the knife for 3 days, I noticed some microscopic forward bladeplay, but as per my observation it may be due to the above mentioned reasons and not the locking mechanism itself - or then again maybe it's just me. As for the knife's carry system an abidextrous pocket clip is at hand, you are however forced to carry the knife tip down (thank you Mantis).

    By the way the word "mantis" is anodized on the pocket clip. Turn it upside down and you'll see that it's an ambigram which turns into the word "knives" - it made me smile. As much as I would like to discuss the materials used on the blade, I know nothing about the M-vX tool steel that was used on the blade, but it seems quite good especially for edge retention. The skeletonized construction was well thought out as it reduces the weight of the tool and provides a very nice "mechanical" visual aesthetic.

    My only real problem with the this knife is how to adjust the tension of the pivot screw. if you end up finding how, let me know.

    On an end note the MSRP for this little devil is at $70, but it got it for $38.37.

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    That's all I have to write about this knife, if it helps somehow, then that makes me happy.

    cheers and always look after your friends!

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Just Another Attempt At Writing About Stuff That No One Cares About...

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