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Multitasker Series 2X

I fell in love with the Multitasker Series 2 last year. Since I received it, I haven’t been to the range without it and I use it at home frequently when working on my ARs (and other things). I guess that I was so absorbed in my Series 2 that I forgot to mention that the Series 2X is now available.

The Multitasker Series 2X offers several great improvements over the Series 2. The most noticeable of which are the new larger and beefier jaws. The Series 2 had really fine teeth that were very grippy, but not necessarily the best for gripping items with large angular surfaces like large bolts. The Series 2X has teeth that would make a T-Rex jealous. These will definitely grip just about anything you can throw at them. The wire cutters have also been improved which is saying a lot because they were already pretty darn good.

The Series 2X also features a new pivot design. The Series 2 ball bearing pivot has been replaced with a self lubricating hybrid pivot design that is bull strong and very smooth.

The melonite coating of the Series 2 has been replaced with a more durable PVD or Titanium Nitride coating. This new coating will offer increased wear resistance versus the melonite treatment that was used originally.

Glock shooters will find the 2X to be more useful. It will come with a 3/32″ punch attachment that replaces the cleaning pick that was found on the Series 2 (except for the Brownells models which will still feature the cleaning pick). Many Glock shooters will know that a 3/32″ punch is basically the only tool needed to detail strip a Glock down to small parts.

The Series 2X is a worthy successor to the Series 2. Get all the latest Multitasker information at MultitaskerTools.com and at the Multitasker Tools Facebook Page. You can purchase your own Multitasker Series 2X from TacStrike.

You can also check out the earlier Series 2 at Brownells.

Gryphon M-10 Utility-Boot Knife from Cutlery Shoppe

The Gryphon M-10 is generally considered to be one of the greatest compact self defense knives of all time. It is a true classic that for several years was unavailable for purchase unless you could find a used one. A few weeks ago, I was lamenting the M-10 that I lost years ago when a friend told me that they were being sold again by the Cutlery Shoppe.

Not only is the M-10 available once again, the Cutlery Shoppe has made this classic Bob Terzuola design better than ever. Previous versions utilized ATS-34 or AUS-8 steel (I had an ATS-34 version), both of which are fine steels for a knife like this. However, this new iteration features VG-10 steel which is easily my favorite stainless steel (and I don’t even really like stainless steels). VG-10 may be outclassed in edge retention by some modern super steels, but it is no slouch and it is extremely easy to sharpen. Like the original, the blade is 4″ long and 3/16″ thick.

The new version also features a DLC black finish on the blade to cut down on glare. It has been my experience that DLC is a great coating for knives if you have to have a coating. It holds up well to wear and isn’t as thick and pasty as some coatings.

The best thing about the new version is the sheath. Many people try to carry fixed blade self-defense knives only to be turned off by how difficult or uncomfortable they are to carry. Most knives comes with sheaths that are nothing more than an afterthought. The Gryphon M-10 comes with a concealex (kydex) sheath system designed my Mike Sastre of River City Sheaths that offers nearly endless configuration options. My favorite way to carry a knife like this is inside the waistband on my weak side with the handle in toward my center line. This allows easy access with either hand and translates well to handgun retention techniques. Many people are surprised at just how comfortable and easy it is to carry an 8″ long knife once they have experienced a decent sheath.

Thankfully, all of the M-10’s best features are intact. The grippy, well contoured zytel handle is still the same as the original. This handle is part of what makes the M-10 great. It locks the hand in place without favoring any one grip. It also features just enough of a double guard to keep your fingers off the blade without getting your way during certain types of cuts. The well designed blade is still intact as well. It may be 3/16″ thick but the aggressive grinds keep the blade feeling light and lively with a very acute tip.

If you spend just a few moments with one of these knives in your hand or on your belt, you will see why the Gryphon M-10 is so well regarded. I am thrilled that they are back on the market and hope to pick one up soon for a full review.

Check out the Gryphon M-10 on CutleryShoppe.com.

Bogota Titan-Mini and Bogota-Flats from SerePick

Lock bypassing is a valuable, challenging, and mind opening skill. Nothing will shatter a false sense of security faster than seeing how fast a lock can fall to a skilled hand (this is usually accompanied with the additional realization that most criminals will kick in your door or break a window to gain even faster entry to your private space than they could by picking a lock). When it comes to tools that build lock bypassing skill quickly and easily, I am a huge fan of SerePick and their line of Bogota Toolsets. Now, that line up is expanding to include 2 new items: the Bogota Titan-Mini Entry Toolset and the Bogota-Flats Basic Toolset.

Bogota Titan-Mini Entry Toolset

The Bogota Entry Toolsets are unparalleled in their ease of use, portability, and discreet concealability. You can read the past reviews of Bogota Stainless Entry Toolset, Bogota Titan Entry Toolset, and SerePick Executive Kit for more background on these tools.

At just 2″ long, the Bogota Titan-Mini Entry Toolset is the most compact, portable, and concealable Bogota Entry Toolset yet. Like the full size Bogota Titan Entry Toolset (3″ long), they are made from titanium to reduce their magnetic signature. The Mini features the same proven size and shape of the picking surfaces but the handle has been reduced in length to make the set more compact.

SerePick Bogota-Flats Basic Toolset

If traditional “popsicle stick” handled pick sets are more your speed, then the Bogota-Flats Basic Toolset is for you. The minimalist handles on the Bogota Entry Toolsets are great for keeping things compact and working as a tensioner, but when it comes to delicate picking some people prefer the feel and dexterity of a full size handle. The Bogota-Flats Basic Toolset comes with 4 pieces: Bogota Triple Rake, Single Hook, Shallow Hook, and a tensioner.

You can purchase your own Bogota Toolsets on SerePick.com. Stay tuned for reviews of both new items.

ESEE Candiru and Laser Strike Pre-Orders

The much anticipated ESEE Candiru and Laser Strike are available for pre-order at The-Knife-Connection! This is the first look at the pricing on these upcoming models. Both will be available sometime in March.

ESEE Candiru

Check out the Candiru and Laser Strike on The-Knife-Connection.com.

ESEE Laser Strike

Ameriglo Light Sticks

I was looking at Beyond Issue for something unrelated but came across the Ameriglo Light Sticks that they carry. That reminded me that I still had a handful of them that were getting to be quite old. In fact, when I dug them out, I found that they had “expired” in 2006. This seemed like a good opportunity for a test or at least some short lived glow in the dark fun for my daughters.

I opened up one of the sticks and cracked it to begin the chemical reaction that would cause it to glow. To my surprise, it glowed very brightly for several hours and then continued to glow faintly but enough to be seen from across a dark room for about 48 hours. That is pretty good for a light stick that is 6 years beyond its shelf life.

The test also reminded me how much I like the Ameriglo light stick form factor. They have a soft lashing point and a hard lashing point on the top that works very well. The large hook is designed to give way easily so the light stick can be pulled off a cord in order to be dropped somewhere. The smaller hole is for more permanent mounting. Only the military contract Cyalume sticks that I have seen have a similar system.

Visit Beyond Issue to pick up some Ameriglo Light Sticks.

Review: Blue Force Gear Dappers

Sometimes you a need a bag that has the open space to carry larger items and sometimes you need a lot of organization features to carry smaller items. Thankfully, with Blue Force Gear Dappers you don’t have to choose between wide open storage capacity and fine tuned organization. These hook and loop backed pouches can be moved easily to configure your pack exactly the way that you need it for your specific mission.

My typical Dapper layout in a BFG Skye Pack.

Blue Force Gear (BFG) has discontinued their DAP Packs this year in favor of a new direction for the DAP line in 2012. Some of the DAP packs are still available at great prices on the Blue Force Gear Last Call page). They will continue to offer the excellent Dappers that will work in any hoop and loop lined bag which are becoming more common. They have also introduced a couple of inserts that are designed to make Dappers work in just about any bag that you already own. This new approach will only add to the versatility of the Dapper line.

Blue Force Gear graciously provided me with a Wall Street Warrior Kit and Skye Pack (now discontinued) to check out. Since the pack has been discontinued, I’ll focus on several different styles of Dappers individually.

The excellent but now discontinued BFG Skye Pack

Admin Pouch Dapper

The Admin Pouch Dapper is easily my favorite pouch in the line. It has the perfect combination of small organization features and a larger storage area.

The Admin Pouch Dapper has no shortage of organizational features.

The front of the Admin Pouch Dapper has been improved for 2012. The fabric organizer loops have been replaced with the same heavy duty elastic material that is used on the Ten Speed line. The result is an organizer that can stretch to accommodate nearly any pen, flashlight, multitool, or a number of other items. There is also a small flap covered pouch on the front that can hold something as large as an Altoids tin, digital camera, compass.

Behind all of the organization features is a large zippered pouch. This pouch is large enough to hold larger and bulkier items.

The new elastic organizer is very versatile in terms of what will fit.

Mesh Pouch Dapper

The Mesh Pouch Dapper is just what it sounds like. The front of the pouch is made from heavy duty mesh which lets you see the contents. The interior back of the pouch is lined with hook material so you can add other Dappers for internal organization. The top of the pouch has a small webbing loop that makes the Mesh Pouch Dapper a great pull out type pouch that can be separated from your main pack.

The Mesh Pouch Dapper is a large pouch that can hold bulky items.

The interior of the Mesh Pouch Dapper can accept other Dappers.

I like to keep my winter hat and gloves in it since it is large enough to hold bulkier items and the mesh front allows them to dry after spending a day in the snow. If you have a BFG Skye or Overlord pack with the hook and loop lined beavertail, you can mount the Mesh Pouch Dapper to it on the outside of your pack to let wet items dry out through the mesh without getting the contents of your pack wet.

The mesh makes this Dapper great for drying items like winter hats and gloves.

Ten Speed Pistol Dapper

The Ten Speed Pistol Dapper is designed to hold pistol mags and it does that very well. However, like the rest of the Ten Speed line, it makes use of heavy duty elastic which makes it useful for holding a wide variety of items.

This versatile Dapper works for more than just handgun mags. Here it is holding a Multitasker TUBE, a large Sharpie, and 2 chemlights.

I had no problem fitting Glock 17 magazines. I could even fit Glock 21 magazines. The Ten Speed Pistol Dapper is also great for storing pens, markers, chemlights, and tools like the Multitasker TUBE.

The Ten Speed Pistol Dapper is compact enough to fit inside the Mesh Pouch Dapper. This adds some organization to an already useful pouch.

Large Laptop Sleeve Dapper

The Large Laptop Sleeve Dapper is another one of my favorite Dappers because it solves a problem for me. Backpacks that have padded laptop sleeves are great, when you are carrying a laptop. If you aren’t carrying a laptop, all of that padding is taking up useful interior space and adding weight. BFG solves that by making their laptop sleeve removable. You can simply remove it when you don’t need it.

Not carrying a laptop? The Laptop Dapper lets you remove the bulky sleeve when you don't need it.

The Large Laptop sleeve is padded all the way around. It features a large flap that secures the contents of the sleeve. My largest laptop is about 10×15 and it fits easily. The entire front and sides are covered with hook and loop so that you can add more Dappers to the exterior. I have also found that it works as a hydration pouch in a pinch.

Other Considerations

These are well made pouches as I have come to expect from Blue Force Gear. The materials are top notch and the construction is probably heavier duty than is needed for pouches that are designed to be used inside a pack, so they should last quite a long time.

It is becoming more common for packs to have interior hook and loop panels so it won’t be hard to find places that the Dappers will be useful. Makers are recognizing that hook and loop is a fairly light weight and completely customizable way to add organization to the interior of a pack. I have owned packs that have internal MOLLE webbing but that tends to be heavy and for more restrictive as to how you can layout the pouches. I hope that we will continue to see more gear makers adding internal hook and loop so that we can leverage the very complete line of organization tools that the Dappers represent.

This M4 Triple Ten Speed Dapper is being used on the front of a BCS Low Profile Plate Carrier.

Dappers aren’t just for inside a bag. I use an M4 Triple Ten Speed Dapper on the front of a low profile plate carrier that I helped design with Beez Combat Systems.

Conclusion

I have just scratched the surface of the Dapper line. There isn’t a more versatile or customizable organization system on the market. The Dappers are also easily the most complete line up of hook and loop organizers. With a nice selection of Dappers, you will never again have to choose between having enough space and having enough organization.

You can see the whole line of Dappers on BlueForceGear.com.

Fight and Flight Tactical

I have been following Fight and Flight Tactical for a while. I first came across Dave, owner of Fight and Flight Tactical, when I was looking for some pouches to use on the side of a Kifaru MOLLE Express pack. His Sustainment Pouches were just what I wanted. Now I have the privilege of introducing Fight and Flight Tactical as an advertising partner on JTT.

Sustainment Pouch

Since that initial experience with Dave’s gear, I have had the chance to use several other pieces of gear. Some, like the 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel, I have reviewed on JTT. Other gear, like the Leader’s Arm Board and YUCK, will be reviewed in the near future.

4x4 Hybrid Patch Panel

Leader's Arm Board

Dave makes a wide variety of gear for everyone from military aviators, to K9 handlers, to regular folks like me. Good quality, good service, and a fair price are all things that I have come to expect from Fight and Flight Tactical. So make sure you drop in to FightandFlight.com and welcome Dave to JTT.

Y.U.C.K.

UW Gear Bandoleer

UW Gear has a ton of new products coming out so stay tuned for all the details. In this post, we’ll check out the new UW Gear Bandoleer.

Chest rigs are an efficient means of bearing the weight of rifle magazines for extended time periods but they aren’t necessarily best when it comes to reactionary situations since they you likely won’t have time to don the rig. UW Gear designed their bandoleer to fill the role of reactionary support gear. This isn’t a tool that is made to go looking for trouble. This is a tool for when trouble finds you.

The UW Gear Bandoleer allows you to have 3 rifle reloads at your finger tips in the blink of an eye. The user simply throws the shoulder strap over their shoulder and the UW Gear Bandoleer is ready to go. If there is enough time, the user can also secure the waist strap. Even with the waist strap secured, the bandoleer is designed to allow access to items mounted on both sides of your belt. The pouches feature the same excellent flap design as the Minuteman MKII chest rigs.

The combination of easy donning, easy access, and secure retention make this a great compliment to a truck gun. It can also be kept next to your home defense carbine so it is ready for use.

The UW Gear Bandoleer is available for the AK and for the AR. You will also want to check out the UW Gear Facebook page and their forum where you can interact directly with the owners and read more about the philosophy behind their products.

ITS EDC Trauma Kit

Carrying a trauma kit daily is a good idea, especially if you carry a firearm. Most people don’t carry one because they tend to be too bulky but that just isn’t the case with a new kit on the market. If you can carry a wallet, you can carry an EDC Trauma Kit from ITS Tactical.

ITS Tactical designed the EDC Trauma Kit to be extremely compact but still effective for treatment of extremity hemorrhaging. Admittedly, this isn’t a comprehensive kit (see ITS Tactical’s ETA Trauma Kit for a more complete kit) but it is designed for the specific mission of EDC (every day carry) and it contains a handful of proven items to accomplish that mission.

The kit contains QuikClot Combat Gauze LE, a SWAT-T Tourniquet which also serves as a pressure bandage, a pair of OD nitrile gloves, and a nylon pouch. All of the items are vacuum packed to keep them compact and the nylon pouch is provided to protect the packaging from being punctured. QuikClot Combat Gauze is a proven life saver and I have been very impressed with the SWAT-T Tourniquets that I have been testing.

You can find out more information about the EDC Trauma Kit on ITSTactical.com.

Wiha 363 Series Torx Driver Set

I have posted about these before but I have found them so handy, that I think they are worth another mention. The Wiha 363 HM7 set of Torx drivers is one of my favorite tools. They are small enough to toss in your EDC bag (the whole set is about 2″x2.5″) and have the perfect assortment of sizes for most folding knives.

Recently, I had a pocket clip on my EDC knife that was coming loose to the point that I nearly lost one of the screws. I reached into my backpack for my Wiha Torx drivers and fixed the screw in short order.

This set has held up far better than other smaller Torx drivers that I have tried. The finish is still mostly intact and the they have not started to twist or round in the slightest even after quite a bit of use.

I don’t like to carry a ton of stuff that I won’t use. This little set of Wiha Torx drivers is really the only tool that I carry on a daily basis other than a multi-tool. They just continue to impress me with their quality and compact form factor.

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