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The EDC Tool Roll: Lobster UM24SS Shorty 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.


The Lobster Shorty Adjustable Wrench (UM24SS) is a compact adjustable wrench that is well suited to everyday carry. The wrench is just over 4.5″ in length but has large jaws that can open wide enough to handle a 1″ diameter nut or bolt.

These drop forged steel wrenches have had great care taken to ensure that they remain light weight. The handle has been fluted and skeletonized and the jaws are tapered, relatively thin, and fluted to removed weight. Those thin jaws are part of why I prefer this wrench over other adjustable wrenches I have tried. Cheap adjustable wrenches often have chunky jaws that are difficult to use on small fasteners.

The Lobster Shorty is available with a number of different colored handles. Be advised that the “red” handle color (shown) looks more pink in person.

These wrenches are made in Japan and usually imported. I ordered mine through Amazon but they are also available from a number of sellers on Ebay. I’ve never found a local, brick & mortar source for them.

Where to Buy: Lobster Shorty Adjustable Wrench (UM24SS) on Amazon

If you are looking for an alternative, consider the Channellock 804 (chrome) or 804N (black oxide). You are likely to find them locally, they are more affordable, very compact, and made in Spain. I’ll profile one in a future edition of The EDC Tool Roll.

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

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Fresh Take on a TOPS Knives Classic: Apache Dawn Rockies Edition

The Apache Dawn has been in the TOPS Knives line for a long, long time. It’s a classic and its newest iteration might be its best. The Apache Dawn Rockies Edition is now available at TOPS Knives.com.

The new Rockies Edition (RE) features same harpoon blade shape for which the Apache Dawn is known. Unlike the original, the RE has deeply textured, “Rocky Mountain Tread” G-10 handle slabs and a tumble finish.

Check out the Apache Dawn RE at TOPS Knives.

Overall Length 11.88″
Blade Length 6.75″
Cutting Edge 6.13″
Blade Thickness 0.250″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Tumble Finish
Handle Material Black G10
Handle Style Rocky Mountain Tread
Knife Weight 15.5oz
Weight w/ Sheath 21.0oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Olive Drab MIL-SPEC Nylon
Sheath Clip Molle Backing
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RMJ Tactical News: Death Dealer Battle Axe and Last of the Drop Forged Shrikes

There is a lot of news coming out of RMJ Tactical these days including a new axe inspired from an iconic work of art and an iconic tomahawk undergoing some changes.

The new Death Dealer Battle Axe should be instantly recognizable for those who are fans of artist Frank Frazetta. It is inspired directly from Frazetta’s well known painting, Death Dealer. This axe is a joint offering from RMJ Tactical and Frazetta Jr. Enterprises.

From RMJ Tactical’s product page:

Each of these axes is individually serial numbered on the neck with the Frazetta signature on the other side. The head of the axe features RMJ Tactical’s new Death Dealer Battle Ax Seal as well as the Frazetta Seal of Authenticity.

See the Death Dealer Battle Axe at RMJ Tactical.

From one icon to another… Frank Frazetta is an icon of fantasy art world and the RMJ Tactical Shrike and S13 are icons of the tactical tomahawk world. However, those iconic tomahawks are about to undergo some changes. RMJ Tactical is moving to a new shop and that new shop will come with new capabilities. The Shrike and S13 will no longer be drop forged. The next batch will be machined from billet like the rest of the RMJ Tactical line.

If you want a drop forged Shrike or S13, you better grab one from this current batch. See them at RMJ Tactical.

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BRAZA EDC Folder from Bastion

Bastion just launched their newest EDC knife and the timing is great (for you) because they also happen to be hosting a Valentine’s Day sale (see image below).

The BRAZA EDC Folder follows on the success of their PARTIZAN EDC Folder. The PARTIZAN was more of a slim, sleek, gentleman’s knife with tactical sensibility but the BRAZA is larger, more substantial, but but still very refined. It features a 3.75″ D2 blade with a sort of clipped, bull nose shape and a very tall primary grind.

The handle is stainless steel and incorporates the frame lock and a ball bearing system that makes the blade fire very smoothly via the integrated flipper. There is a lanyard loop built into the back spacer and a pocket clip set up for right side tip up carry.

Check out the BRAZA EDC Folder at Bastion.

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LALO Sale at Chase Tactical

LALO Footwear is on sale at Chase Tactical this weekend. They are offering the popular line of tactical and athletic shoes at 20% off! Use code LALO20 at checkout to save.

LALO at ChaseTactical.com

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Griffin Armament PRIMO Gas Block .625″

Griffin Armament’s premium low-profile gas block for the AR-15, the PRIMO Gas Block, is now available for lightweight profile barrels with a .625″ gas block journal. Like the previous versions of the PRIMO, this one is machined from 416R steel with a QPQ finish. It comes pre-drilled, threaded, and with all the hardware necessary to install via screws or pinning.

Check out the PRIMO Gas Block .625″ at Griffin Armament.

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Sneak Peek: Scalarworks Back Up Sights and PRO Mount

Scalarworks is developing a set of fixed back up iron sights and their Aimpoint PRO (or other 30mm RDS) Low Drag Mount could be ready as early as May of this year. The image below is chocked full of teasers.

Scalarworks has shared that the sights do not make use of their ratcheting thumb wheel QD feature as QD is unnecessary for back up sights. However, the sights obviously show the same penchant for minimal design and extreme skeletonization found on other Scalarworks products like the LDM series of optic mounts.

Scalarworks.com

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Faxon Firearms Weekly AR-15 Barrel Special: 18″ Heavy Fluted, 5.56, Mid-Length, 416-R Stainless, QPQ

Faxon Firearms’ Weekly AR-15 Barrel Special is their 18″ Heavy Fluted, 5.56, Mid-Length, 416-R Stainless, QPQ treated barrel. The name suggests a lot of what you need to know about this barrel but the big deal is the price. It’s 10% (updated price shown in cart) this week.

Check out the Weekly Special at Faxon Firearms.

  • Barrel Material: 416R
  • Barrel Type: Button Rifled
  • Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Twist: 1:8
  • Barrel Length: 18″
  • Barrel Profile: Heavy Fluted
  • Barrel Gas System: Mid Length
  • Inside Finish: QPQ Black Nitride
  • Outside Finish: QPQ Black Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
  • Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  • Gas Port Diameter: .085″
  • Barrel Extension: M4
  • Weight: 2.06 Lbs
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected!
  • 11-degree Target Crown

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Sneak Peek: Tyrant Designs CNC Vertical Grip

Tyrant Designs CNC gave us a sneak peek at their upcoming vertical grip. The image below shows a 3D printed prototype and there may be changes to the production version. The new grip should look great in Tyrant’s signature style – radically skeletonized, machined aluminum billet.

TyrantCNC.com

The EDC Tool Roll: Knipex Cobra Pliers 87 01 125

The EDC Tool Roll is a new feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown won’t be 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!


German tool manufacturer, Knipex, makes a number of my favorite tools but their 5″ Cobra Pliers (87 01 125) are at the top of that list. These extremely compact pliers are extremely big on usefulness.

I bought the Cobra Pliers because I was tired of the pliers on my multi-tools never quite being the right tool for the job. The 5″ (125mm) Cobra Pliers are only slightly longer than most multi-tools in the folded position but they boast all the same features as Knipex’s larger pliers including drop-forged steel construction, push-button adjustment, and hardened jaws that self-lock into nearly anything you are trying to turn.

They are just under 5″ in length and just under 3 ounces in weight. This makes them easy to carry in pocket, small bag, compact tool roll, or in the built in admin organizer of your pack.

In spite of that small size, they can be used to turn nuts (or round material) up to 1″ in diameter. They grip material so tenaciously that I have used them to turn nuts that were nearly completly rounded. The forward portion of the jaws lets me do fine work like gripping webbing to pull through a tight tri-glide, while the inner portions of the jaws are recessed to mate with nuts, bolt heads or round stock like pipes and caps.

These have a place in The EDC Tool Roll because they are the pliers that I wish came in my multi-tool.

I have purchased these locally from Sears Hardware stores or online from Amazon. See the Knipex Cobra Pliers at Amazon.

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