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The EDC Tool Roll: SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors

The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or every day carry bag.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.


You probably read the title and rolled your eyes because folding scissors are always junk. I would submit that only MOST folding scissors are junk. The original SLIP-N-SNIP folding scissors are far from junk and are worthy of a spot The EDC Tool Roll.

Most people’s experience with folding scissors is with cheaply made imports with plastic handles that break, thin stamped blades that flex and don’t mate correctly, weak pivots, and cutting performance that might eventually mash through whatever you are trying to cut. None of those things are true of SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors which are still made in the USA and I have been using for years.

SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors have cast zinc handles – not plastic. The handles are small enough to be very compact, large enough for my fingers with room to spare, and very nicely rounded for comfort. The metal handles make them heavier than plastic handled folding scissors but the step up in quality is well worth it.

The blades are stamped steel which is thicker than the steep found on cheap folding scissors. They are very nicely ground and mate perfectly on the pair I have owned. They are very sharp and cut cleanly without mashing – even on items like para-cord inner strands or fine threads.

The SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors are only about 3″ long when folded and weigh less than an ounce. They unfold into scissors that are almost 4″ long with a cutting surface of about 1.25″. This makes them a great size for with first aid kits, EDC, or on the trail. Scissors are just better than a knife for some cutting tasks and I am often glad I have these with me. I’ve used mine to cut masking tape when pasting targets, gauze and tape for dressing wounds, moleskin for covering blisters, and the list goes on.

SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors usually cost less than $8. They cost more than cheap folding scissors but I still find them to be very reasonable consider the quality and the fact that they are made in the USA. They even offer a version with a non-reflective, rust resistant black coating (which I wish I knew about when I bought my SLIP-N-SNIP scissors)!

Where and How to Buy:

You can find SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors at some sewing shops where they are well known for their quality. However, sewing shops often carry a finer tipped version (SLS3) that may or may not be desirable for EDC. I have only used the SLS1 version which is a more general purpose scissor. If your local sewing shop doesn’t have them, several online retailers do.

The following links are affiliate links:

Original SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors on Amazon

Non-Reflective Black SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors on Amazon

Alternatives:

Klein Tools Electrician’s Scissors (to be reviewed on The EDC Tool Roll)

Victorinox SwissCard Scissors (previously review on The EDC Tool Roll)


See all the reviews for previous tools: The EDC Tool Roll

Do you have scissors that you prefer or another tool recommendation that fits The EDC Tool Roll? Tell us about it in the comments below or drop us a line on the Contact page.

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Space Force Morale Patch from Stickthison

Stickthison released their new Space Force Morale Patch. This PVC patch with hook backing features a detailed rendering of an astronaut with a true space gun – the HK G11.

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The Latest from Proven Arms & Outfitters – Including Magpul Bipods

Proven Arms & Outfitters, formerly Quantico Tactical, just sent out their latest specials and information on how you can pre-order the Magpul Bipod.

From Proven Arms & Outfitters:

Magpul Bipods Now Available for Pre-Order.  We do not charge your card until the order ships.  http://www.provenoutfitters.com/bipods-1572

Police Trade In, S&W Model 642s.  Our Class A & C 642’s have sold out online, they only have B grade available, sure that won’t be around for long.

Our Tacoma WA & Woodbridge VA stores both still have the A, B & C grades.  http://www.provenoutfitters.com/sw-103810-642-1-no-lck

Magpul Shorts & Short Sleeve Shirts 30% Off (online and in-store) http://www.provenoutfitters.com/clearance-1561

Under Armour Apparel 40% Off (Online Only)  http://www.provenoutfitters.com/under-armour

Check out our amazing Qualified Professional Programs!  Your favorite brands at deep discounts!  http://www.provenoutfitters.com/Programs

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Chase Tactical – Warrior Assault Systems LIQUIDATION Sale!

Sales are great. Sales where you get a discount on already discounted goods are eve better. That is exactly what is happening at Chase Tactical this weekend. They are blowing out their Warrior Assault Systems gear to make room for their new USA made line of gear. Use code WAS12 from now through 8/13 to save 12% off already discounted prices.

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Greg Moffatt Knives Can Opener Pikal

Greg Moffatt Knives’ new Can Opener Pikal is about as simple and straight forward as you will find when it comes to reverse edge knives. The straight handled design is a compact 6″ in overall length terminating in a 2″ sharpened edge. The Can Opener is made from 1095 steel with a Cerakote finish and cord-wrapped handle. It comes with a kydex sheath set up for static line carry.

Given the clever simplicity of the design, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is one of the most affordable pikal knives available, custom or production. This is especially true when you consider that it comes ready to static line to your belt and go. Greg Moffatt Knives sells these for $110. The initial run sold out quickly but there is a new batch on the way soon.

Keep your eyes on GregMoffattKnives.com.

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Now Shipping: Magpul Bipod

The Magpul Bipod offers serious strength and versatility at a price that provides unmatched value. Rich with important features, our lightweight Mil-spec hard anodized 6061 T-6 aluminum and injection-molded polymer bipod brings innovation in ergonomics, functionality, strength and value together. Its aesthetically clean, low-profile design conceals its functional hardware, smoothly brushing off snags and bumps. Optimized for rapid one-handed adjustments, the bipod quickly and quietly transitions between countless user configurations. The Magpul Bipod includes many features normally found on bipods at a significantly higher cost.

Durable & Lightweight

The Magpul Bipod is exceptionally strong and built to perform under punishing field conditions.  Like all Magpul products, the Bipod is constructed of rugged, high-strength materials and designed to last a lifetime. In the shooting position, it is easily loaded with stabilizing forward tension without fear of failure or warping. Mil-spec hard anodized 6061 T-6 aluminum, stainless steel internals, and injection-molded reinforced polymer ensure years of dependable performance and reliability, all while shaving weight. At just over 11 oz., the Magpul Bipod is lighter than many pricier bipods currently on the market.

Innovative, Adjustable, & Easy to Use

Deploying and adjusting the Magpul Bipod is quick and easy. Spring-tensioned legs stow neatly forward and snap down and lock into place with one hand. Leg extensions slide and lock securely with the push of a button on any of the seven half-inch spaced locking detents. The legs extend a full four inches, from 6.3” to 10.3”. An industry-exclusive 50° of total tilt and 40° of total pan are controlled by a glove-friendly knurled tool-less bipod locking knob located between the extended legs, allowing easy adjustment between shots. Additionally, the Magpul Bipod has the exclusive ability to lock pan at 0° while maintaining full tilt functionality.

Smooth & Unobtrusive

From the drawing board, the Magpul Bipod was designed to be barely noticed until needed. Folded, the streamlined housing and legs fit neatly under the barrel and are just under 2.3” deep and 3.3” wide. In addition, anodized surfaces and tight, precision tolerances mitigate squeaks and rattles.

Functional Feet

The Magpul Bipod has many features that are also useful even when it is in the stowed position. A soft rubber bipod locking knob cap is attached to the locking knob gives users a steady, non-marring forward rest while the bipod is folded. Additionally, its staggered soft rubber feet hold fast on a variety of shooting surfaces and are easily removed with a roll pin punch. Should users choose to change feet, the Magpul Bipod’s legs accept most Atlas pattern bipod replaceable feet.

The Magpul Bipod is available in BLK or FDE colors.

Made in the U.S.A.

MSRP:  $109.95

Magpul.com

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Torsion IWB Holster for the S&W M&P Shield – New from Bravo Concealment

The Torsion IWB Holster is now available for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. Bravo Concealment recently added the well-known concealment firearm to their most popular IWB holster line up. The Tosion IWB gets its name from its canted belt clips that turn the butt of the gun in toward the wearer for better concealment.

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Review: Gearward HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife

Gearward’s HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife is a throwback to the OSS Lapel Knife… at least in terms of function and intended use. It is thoroughly modern in material, a titanium-ceramic composite, which makes it feather light and gives it aggressive cutting properties. This knife is designed to be immanently concealable. Its size and the materials chosen for its construction are in keeping with that design goal.

Overview

The HemiSERE is a diminutive 3.375″ in overall length. It is ground from 0.05″ thick non-ferrous titanium/ceramic composite material that is most commonly found in high end kitchen knives. That small size, wafer-thinness, and material mean that this little knife weighs in at just 4 grams.

The wharncliffe blade shape is chisel ground. It has a full height flat primary grind with a secondary bevel on only one side. The tip is very slightly ground off, sort of like a micro reverse tanto, to render a still very acute but slightly stronger tip.

It ships already stuck to dummy credit card and with 12 3M Glue Dots.

Observations from Use

I’ll start first by saying this knife is VERY small and that means that the handle design has to be on point or it just won’t work. Fortunately, Gearward did their homework. The handle has a bead blast finish and a deeply dished choil that locks the knife into the users hand. Without the choil, this knife would probably be nearly impossible to use and retain. Handle design is exceedingly important on knives this small and thin.

The HemiSERE is so light and concealable that it can be stuck just about anywhere with the included (and easily replaceable) Glue Dots. Gearward shows the HemiSERE stuck, without a sheath, under the collar of a shirt which caused a bit of an uproar when the knife was announced here on JTT. I tested this and found that it actually seems safer than you might think with a stiff collared dress shirt and the edge turned down but I likely would not carry it that way. This knife was designed by a world traveler for world travelers… and I don’t mean Sandals resort. If you are already the type of person who is taking risks with the places you travel, under collar carry might make more sense.

The carry methods are only limited by your imagination. It can be stuck inside a phone case, inside your wallet, on a credit card (replace the dummy with a real card that you don’t use anymore), in an out of the way place inside a bag or briefcase, inside an Altoids tin, or anywhere else you can safely carry a razor sharp knife. Your carry options could be expanded if you fashion some kind of a small sheath for it. My favorite way to carry it is on the back of a credit card though that might not be the most accessible in an emergency.

There are a number of thoughtful touches in this knife, many of which I think are unique to the HemiSERE. I have already mentioned the well designed handle and bead-blasted finish that promotes grip. The material itself is interesting. The titanium/ceramic composite is extremely lightweight. It cuts better than titanium alone and is more durable than ceramic alone while retaining the non-ferrous, lightweight properties of both which are desirable for a knife like this. Gearward grinds the tip off very slightly. It still penetrates quite well but the needle like point that would likely break off anyway is gone. Finally, the choice of a wharncliffe blade shape puts the point forward and gives plenty of straight cutting edge to lever through cuts.

Speaking of cuts, this is an aggressive cutter… I mean very aggressive. It cuts like a paring knife! It is wafer thin which helps and comes sharp with a somewhat toothy edge. It bites deeply into soft materials, slicing cleanly thanks to the full height flat grind. Sharpening is a little tricky but not impossible – definitely easier than sharpening all ceramic blades.

I would like to see Gearward make a small, non-metallic sheath available for this knife. I would pay extra for some kind of minimalist blade cover just to have some expanded carry options.

Wrap Up

Gearward went all in on concealment with this knife and it shows. It is purpose built. The design, the material, even the philosophy of use baked in with the included credit card and glue dots speak to the extent to which this knife is to be concealed. This knife is meant to disappear and it does so readily.

HemiSERE on Gearward.com

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New from TangoDown – Vickers Tactical™ Slide Stop for Gen5 Glock™

TangoDown™ Inc. is pleased to announce the latest addition to the lineup – the Vickers Tactical™ Slide Stop for Gen5 Glock™ models (VTSS-003). When the Gen5 Glock™ models were released one of the most noticeable areas for improvement was the ambidextrous slide stop. The VTSS-003 offers a design which allows for positive slide lock and release even in the most unfavorable conditions. The deep serrations offer easier manipulation even while wearing gloves. For more information on the VTSS-003, visit:   https://tangodown.com/shop/vickers-tactical-vtss-003-gen5-slide-stop/

Installation by a Certified Glock™ Armorer or Gunsmith recommended.

Fits Gen5 Glock™ models currently available: 17/19/19X/26/34

MSRP: $27.95

Customer Questions: sales@tangodown.com

**If you aren’t sure what part you need, email the above email address with the Gen/Model & our team will point you in the right direction.

 

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Hill People Gear Aston House Backcountry Multicam Limited Run

Hill People Gear has a limited run of Aston House Backcountry packs in stock right now. These limited runs rarely last long, so if you want one, don’t wait.

Hill People Gear Aston House Backcountry

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