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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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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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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.

BravoConcealment.com

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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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The EDC Tool Roll: Victorinox SwissCard 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.


I started writing The EDC Tool Roll series last winter at the suggestion of my wife. At the time, I was trying to put together a small, pocketable tool kit that would prevent me from having to trudge all the way back to the shop for a common tool when I was out working on our property. I never anticipated it would take off the way it did, especially when it comes to reader interaction! It has been great hearing from so many of you with tool recommendations or pictures of your EDC Tool Rolls!

Trent R. reached out to me to recommend a pair of scissors. I happened to already have the scissors he recommended and I am not sure why it never dawned on me to include them in The EDC Tool Roll because I use them all the time. However, the specific scissors Trent recommended will be profiled in another edition. Today, I want to take a look at what might be the smallest and lightest scissors around that are actually worth using – the tiny, ultra-light SwissCard Scissors from Victorinox.

Like the Victorinox Swisstool Plus Replacement Wrench that we recently reviewed (click HERE to read the review), the SwissCard Scissors were never meant to be sold as a stand-alone tool even though they work very well in that roll. These scissor slide into and out of Victorinox’s SwissCard multi-tools and, unlike most of their scissors, are not permanently connected to the host tool.

The SwissCard Scissors are spring loaded so that they “spring” open. This makes them surprisingly easy to use in spite of their small size (3″ overall, 1/10″ thick, 7 grams). However, this means that open is the default position unless the scissors are actively compressed. These are wickedly sharp so that is a problem but one that is easy to fix. In a SwissCard, there is a specialized compartment for holding the scissors in the close position but since I don’t use the SwissCard, I just slip the scissors into a small section of drinking straw (see image above). The straw adds basically no bulk or weight and keeps the overall package so small that I can store them anywhere.

Scissors are just better than a knife for some tasks. These scissors are great in your EDC kit but can also find a home in your hiking gear or first aid kit. I have used them for cutting up patches for a Therm-a-Rest mattress or moleskin to deal with blisters. They can strip wire, cut tape, trim frays on gear, trim your nails in a pinch, and more. If you have them in your kit, you’ll use them.

I will profile a few other scissors that I use regularly but this are by far the smallest and lightest. If you want scissors that will fit any EDC Tool Roll, these are what you want. There is room enough in even the most compact kit.

Where to Buy:

I pulled my SwissCard Scissors out of broken SwissCard that was going to be discarded. You are not likely to find these at any brick and mortar store since very few of them carry Victorinox replacement parts. There are various online retailers and auction sites that offer them so shop around.

Amazon is probably the easiest place to pick them up: Victorinox SwissCard Scissors on Amazon (affiliate link)

Alternatives:

I haven’t reviewed any of these yet, but I own the following alternatives. They will find their way onto these pages eventually. Both are made in the USA!

Slip-N-Snip Original Folding Scissors (SLS1)

Klein Tools Electrician’s Scissors


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.

Gadsden Dynamics EDC Fit Shorts – Now Available

We gave you a sneak peek of the EDC Fit Shorts from Gadsden Dynamics earlier this week. Now those shorts are available at GadsdenDynamics.com.

The EDC Fit Shorts are USA-made athletic shorts with a simple addition that makes them very practical for people who carry defensive tools – belt loops. You don’t need a specialty holster or belt. These athletic shorts make it possible to use your regular belt and holster while working out.

The shorts are made of a 100% polyester material called Microtech which is moisture-wicking, anti-snag, and had anti-odor/anti-microbial properties. They are available in any color you want as long as it is black and feature a screen-printed Gadsden Dynamics logo.

GadsdenDynamics.com

The EDC Tool Roll: Victorinox Swisstool Plus Replacement 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.


The Victorinox Swisstool Plus Replacement Wrench (VSPRW) is sold as a “replacement” part for the Swisstool Multi-tool but it works just fine as a standalone tool. It is a “L” wrench style driver that accepts standard 1/4″ shank bits at both ends. It is functionally similar to the previously reviewed Engineer DR-07 and Tekton 14-in-1 Offset Driver. However, there are two key differences in the VSPRW’s lack of included bits and lack of overmolded handle.

Neither of those differences are really short comings. You likely already have bits and the lack of overmolded handle means the VPSPRW is trimmer and lighter than almost all the other drivers reviewed so far. It still offers good reach and great torque. Yes, this tool is simple compared to some but it is also extremely well made (of course, it’s Victorinox) from solid metal, offers captive bit sockets, and costs less than pretty much any other driver we have profiled in the series.

It will hold any 1/4″ shape bit including those without the retention notches though bit with the notches will be slightly more secure. Retention is very good with just a bit of wobble. No amount of shaking or jarring will cause the bits to drop out on their own. The bits are easy to change with no active locking mechanism.

If space is at a premium in your EDC Tool Roll, I think it will be hard to beat the Victorinox Swisstool Plus Replacement Wrench.

Where to Buy: You are not likely to find these at any brick and mortar store since very few of them carry Victorinox replacement parts. There are various online retailers that offer them. I just added mine to an Amazon order: Victorinox Swisstool Plus Replacement Wrench on Amazon (affiliate link)

This wrench is also available with bits, a bit holder, and a sheath (the sheath is larger than necessary for the wrench to accomodate a Swisstool Multi-Tool). I find the wrench to be a better value on its own: Wrench with Bits, Holder, and Sheath on Amazon

Alternatives from Previous Reviews:

Wera Kraftform Kompakt 10

Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver

Tekton 14-in-1 Offset Screwdriver (2945)

Replaceable Edition Fix It Sticks

Doc Allen’s VersaTool

Wera Kraftform Kompact 25


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

Do you have a compact driver that you prefer or another tool recommendation that fits The EDC Tool Roll? Tell us about it in the comments below.

SEREPICK OSS Tool Set

If you are a lock bypass nerd like me, you likely remember the SEREPICK OSS Tool Set that we previewed here on the pages of JTT. I have good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad news… The initial run of 100 OSS Tool Sets sold out almost immediately. Poof. Gone.

The good news is two-fold. You can see images and specs of the kit at SEREPICK.com now and SEREPICK tells me that they will offer subsequent runs of the OSS Tool Sets based on demand. I would think that selling 100 units in the blink of an eye shows sufficient demand for another run.

The OSS Tool Kit includes several items. The tool itself has two different rakes (Bogota and City Rake), a long reach hook, and stainless saw blade. The tension wrench is included and the entire kit nests inside a rubber carrier that can be easily concealed.

The best way to get one of these hot ticket items is to keep your eyes on SEREPICK’s Instagram feed. They often announce the availability of limited runs there first.

SEREPICK.com

Mountain Ridge Gear Medical Duffel Bags

If you have been reading JTT for long, you know I am a fan of Mountain Ridge Gear’s bomb-proof, American-made duffel bags. They are extremely handy, made in Colorado, and very affordable when you consider the quality. I have a few of the smaller sizes that I use all the time and plan to pick up the entire set.

I have often commented on the usefulness of the smaller sizes as first aid kits especially for inside of a vehicle and apparently I am not the only one who thinks this way…

Mountain Ridge Gear is now offering their XS (9″ x 4″ x 4″) and S (13″ x 6.5″ x 6″) size duffels in red nylon with black accents and a white cross emblazoned on the side. This new color option will ensure that the bags are instantly recognizable as first aid items. They are available separately or as a set of two (which saves some money versus buying them separately).

MountainRidgeGear.com

Sneak Peek: Gadsden Dynamics US Made Athletic Shorts… WITH BELT LOOPS!

You can spend a lot of money on special holsters to carry your self defense gear while you exercise… or you can just wear a belt! Gadsden Dynamics gave us a sneak peek of a project they are working on – athletic shorts with belt loops!

The new EDC Fit shorts are made in the USA. Gadsden Design sends them out for screen printing and then adds the belt loops in their shop. The belt loops will allow you to make use of your regular belt and holster while you run, lift, swing kettlebells, or what ever else you do to stay fit.

These shorts should be available in the next month. GadsdenDynamics.com

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