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TIHK Escape Stick

TIHK first came to prominence with their namesake product, the Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key. Since that time, they have continued to develop other clever and compact products designed to escape illegal restraint. Their latest product, the Escape Stick, is now available.

Part of what separates TIHK products from other products aimed at the same market is the care that TIHK puts into the design of their products. They seem to realize that not only does a tool like this have to work, it also has to be able to be carried and concealed in a way that makes sense.

The new Escape Stick is a great example of that. The tools are important and useful – a handcuff key, a rod saw, and thin metal saw. However, the form factor is just as important. This slim tool is just 3″ long with a 3/8″ diameter and most of the tool is encapsulated with a rubber tube. This design allows it to be concealed almost anywhere – even against the skin of the user.

Escape Stick at TIHK.co

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The EDC Tool Roll: Channellock 424 and Tekton 37521

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.


This week’s installment of the The EDC Tool Roll was supposed to feature the Channellock 424 4.5″ Pliers but a last minute challenger emerged, the Tekton 375215 5″ Pliers, that is similar enough to feature them both at the same time. Thank you to reader Tim S. for the recommendation on the Tektons!

Both the Channellock 424 and Tekton 37521 are made in the USA, both carry lifetime warranties, and both are adjustable tongue and groove pliers with similarly shaped jaws. The Channellocks will set you back about $10-12 and the Tektons cost a little less at $8-9. The Tektons are slight larger anyway you measure them and have an adjustable pivot unlike the Channellocks.

I have been a Channellock user as long as I have been a tool user but, of these two pliers, I prefer the Tekton. It’s slightly longer and wider handle is more comfortable. It’s jaws are slightly larger and the teeth are set to work with the direction of force. Best of all, the adjustable pivot means I can adjust for the slop that will inevitably develop with pliers like these.

I’ve used both of these pliers in my range bag and EDC kit for all kinds of things. They can be used for the intended purpose but I have also used them for pulling webbing through a tight triglide, holding a peel washer while I heat it with a lighter during a muzzle device installation, and setting the initial tightness of MLOK nuts.

Either of these pliers could be a more affordably priced alternative to the Knipex Cobras that we profiled previously though neither will truly measure up. If you want the absolute smallest and lightest option, the Channellock 424 may suit you. However, the Tekton 37521 is only slightly larger but much more usable in my opinion.

Where to buy: Channellock tools are carried at a number of home improvement box stores and smaller hardware stores. The best selections of Tekton tools seem to be found online. I bought my first 424s at a plumbing supply store years ago and the most recent set (shown) at Amazon. I also purchased the Tektons at Amazon.

Channellock 424 on Amazon

Tekton 37521 on Amazon

Alternatives: Irwin and others make 4.5″-5″ pliers that are very similar. My preferred 5″ pliers is the Knipex Cobra that has already been featured. Stay tuned for a side by side comparison of all these options.

Do you have compact adjustable pliers that you prefer? Tell us about it below.

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KA-BAR TDI Shark Bite

KA-BAR’s newest addition to the TDI line is likely it’s most discreet. The new Shark Bit has the familiar angled blade to handle relationship for which the rest of the TDI knives are known. However, unlike previous offerings, the Shark Bit is made completely of polymer – Ultramid® to be specific. The knife and sheath are completely non-metallic except for the included ball chain neck lanyard which does not have to be used.

The sheath is worth pointing out in some detail. Many manufacturers make non-metalic knives and then use metal eyelets or clips in the sheath which, of course, defeats the purpose of a non-metallic knife. The sheath KA-BAR includes with the Shark Bite appears to be truly non-metalic and features enough attachment points to allow for a variety of carry methods.

The blade is 2.625” long (legal in most jurisdictions) and the overall length is 5.125”. It weighs under 2.5 ounces and is made in the USA.

Check out the TDI Shark Bite at KA-BAR.

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The EDC Tool Roll: Channellock 804 4.5″ Adjustable Wrench

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.


Channellock’s 804 4.5″ Adjustable Wrench is probably the easiest to carry adjustable wrench I own. It is only 4.5″ long but is also very slim overall making it easy to drop in your pocket. It only ways about 2 ounces so it is an easy addition to any compact tool roll.

Channellock 804 shown with 1911 mag for scale

The 804 can be opened wide enough to handle the 9/16″ diameter found on common 3/8″ nuts and bolts. If you are metrically inclined, it can handle a 15mm nut/bolt. It may be small but it will take care of a lot common fasteners.

The quality is excellent. It is drop forged with machined flats. The laser markings seem resilient and they are easy to read. The i-beam style handle makes it small, tough, and comfortable to hold.

This wrench will inevitiably be compared to the two previous adjustable wrenches features on The EDC Tool Roll – the Lobster UM24 and the Knipex Pliers Wrench. I’ll post a comparison of the three soon. The Lobster and Knipex both open wider but they are also more expensive, heavier, and larger. So, the 804 may not be as versatile as the others but it earns a place in my EDC Tool Roll for its compact size and lightweight.

Where to buy: I have only been able to find the larger Channellock Adjustable Wrenches locally. I purchased my Channellock 804 on Amazon. They even have a “tactical” black oxide finish version in the Channellock 804N.

Alternatives:

Do you have a compact adjustable wrench that you prefer? Tell us about it below.

Minuteman Watch Co. and Southern Grind Collaboration Knife

Minuteman Watch Co. and Zac Brown’s Southern Grind are working in collaboration to support two great charities.

Chenoa IL, December 8th 2017 – The American brand Minuteman Watch Co. has just announced that they have joined forces with Zac Brown’s Southern Grind to offer a special version of the Southern Grind Spider Monkey. Minuteman has started to except pre-orders on these special American made knives. Minuteman will only be making one batch of these special knives. The company is accepting orders now thru May 31st.

This special knife will carry both the Southern Grind name and logo and the Minuteman brand logo. Each knife features tan G10 handle scales, military style nylon fob, and a black PVD coated blade made out of premium S35VN blade steel.

The idea behind this special edition Minuteman / Southern Grind Spider Monkey is to offer a high quality American made knife, and to raise funds for the Red Circle Foundation charity. Minuteman will donate a portion of the profit from each knife sold to the charity. For details about that the company urges you to visit their site here.

In addition, a portion of the sales of Zac Brown’s Southern Grind knives go to benefit Camp Southern Ground, the non-profit passion project of three-time GRAMMY award-winning artist Zac Brown. To learn more about Camp Southern Ground please visit CampSouthernGround.org.

Here are the specifications:

  • Handle: Tan G10
  • Lock & Liner: 6AL4V Titanium
  • Grind: Conventional Flat Grind
  • Blade Steel: S35VN
  • Hardness: RC 58-59
  • Blade Length: 3.25 inches
  • Blade Finish: Black PVD
  • Weight: 3.2 oz
  • Overall Length: 7.4375 inches
  • Handle Length: 4.1875 inches
  • Blade Thickness: .130 inches

To find additional info and photo’s for this special knife be sure to check out the Minuteman Watch Co brand web site here.

About Minuteman Watch Co.

Minuteman Watches was brought to life in 2013, for 3 reasons.:

  1. To raise funds for charities that assist Veterans and their families. 25% of the profit from our net annual sales of  Minuteman products goes to charities assisting veterans & their Families.

  2. To provide work for Americans whenever we can.

  3. To provide a quality product that will stand the test of time.

The EDC Tool Roll: Triple Seven Gear Micro Kit

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.


We’ve spent time talking about some tools. It’s about time we started talking about the tool roll.

Contents listed at end of post…

I use a Micro Kit from Triple Seven Gear as my EDC Tool Roll. I’ve used Triple Seven Gear products going all the way back to their original Mini Kit Mk-7 and own at least one of everything they make (and several of a few products).

The Micro Kit is ideal for me because the size is just right – small enough to carry but big enough to fit what I need. It is compact enough to fit in a coat pocket, back pocket of jeans, or even some front pockets. It does not require a large cargo pocket to be carried. In spite of that compact size, the Micro Kit can pack and organize a lot of tools.

It folds to about 4″ x 6″ when closed and can be secured with a simple elastic loop. I like that there are no zippers or hook and loop to limit how I stuff the pouch. When open, it lays completely flat and gives good visibility to the tools contained inside. I can even turn it “inside-out” so that it fits in my pocket but still offers access to the tools.

The elastic loops can fit a variety of tools and anything that does fit well in the loops can be stashed in one of the pockets. The clear vinyl window is particularly useful for stashing small items that you want to be able to see.

You can check out the Micro Kit (or Mini Kit Mk-7 if you need a larger version) at Triple Seven Gear.

Do you have an EDC-capable tool organizer that you prefer or have you made your own? Tell us about it below.


Contents in the image above:

ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster – Now Shipping

Blue Force Gear’s ultra-slick ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster is now shipping. If you pre-ordered, you may already have it in your pocket. If you order now, it will ship ASAP.

ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster at BlueForceGear.com

Now Shipping – Magpul Field Case – iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Magpul is now shipping their Field Cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The Magpul Field Case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are a semi-rigid cover designed to provide basic protection in the field. Using a new synthetic material, the Field Case features PMAG®-style ribs for added grip, snap-on design for easy installation and removal, and slides easily in and out of pockets without snagging. Additional colors will become available soon.

iPhone 7 Field Case – webpage:

https://www.magpul.com/products/magpul-field-case-iphone-7

iPhone 7 Plus Field Case – webpage:

https://www.magpul.com/products/magpul-field-case-iphone-7-plus

Urban Triglide Frame Belt from Urban Operator

Urban Operator just launched their newest product, the Urban Triglide Frame Belt.

Urban Triglide Frame Buckle is the newest and toughest-built riggers belt by Urban Operator. Belt uses a feather light 1.5″ AustriAlpin COBRA Frame buckle made of 7075 grade aluminum alloy with stainless steel adjuster bar that has 18kN strength rating. The Urban Triglide Frame belts are constructed of double layers of 1.5″ MIL-W- 17337 nylon webbing sewn with 3 passes of bonded heavy duty nylon thread; making this belt rigid, while still keeping its light weight and low profile characteristics; easy to use, and extremely comfortable for all day wear. A full 1.5″ wide Mil-Spec hook and loop (velcro) keeps the free end tightly attached to the belt. At the front of the belt has a 3″ inch loop velcro for morale patch. On the opposite side has a  conceal zipper compartment to hold valuables or escape and evasion items. It also has a MIL-Spec 550 cord loop for attaching carabiner, key hooks etc.

Color (Patterns): Multicam, Multicam Black, Desert Marpat, Kryptek Typhon, Kryptek Highlander. (Solids): Coyote Brown, Black, Foliage Green, Olive Drab.

Features:

  • AustriAlpin Triglide Frame Buckle
  • 3 passes sewing with nylon bonded thread, dual layer super rigid MIL-W-17337 nylon webbing
  • 1.5″ wide, 0.22″ thick; Low profile, feather light weight, simple to use and all day carry comfort
  • 550 Cord Loop for attaching key and other items
  • 3″ inch loop panel for morale patch
  • 5″ inch conceal zipper compartment

You can check out the new belt at UrbanOperator.net

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