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Tuff Possum Gear Entry Kit

The Tuff Possum Gear Entry Kit sold out quickly when it was first offered. The kit features a well-rounded variety of entry tools that can help bypass many common locks. The following list and descriptions are taken from the Tuff Possum Gear Entry Kit product page:

  • EZ Card: Designed to work like a standard shove knife or gate latch tool with the convenience of sliding in your wallet like a credit card. Let’s be honest, a lot of the doors folks accidentally lock themselves out of are the easiest to bypass, especially outside swinging types.
  • Covert Bypass Multi-tool: The end result of a brainstorm back in March of 2020, the Multi-tool has three of the most useful “jigglers” and three of the most useful “comb picks”, since many locks don’t need a full on pick and tension wrench to open. (I personally like to pop off the rivet of the Multi-tool and put them on my keyring for easy access.)
    Jigglers are used for “wafer locks” (Such as found on filing cabinets, access panels, RV side compartments, toolboxes, trailer hitch locks, etc.). Jigglers do not use a separate tension tool like their “rake” cousins.Comb Picks are bypass tools designed to push the entire pin stack above the shear line, allowing the plug to rotate and the lock to open. These tools work with a variety of cylinders most commonly found in solid-bodied padlocks, and puck locks. With a wee bit of practice, it is almost as easy as using the actual key. A short, but certainly not an exhaustive list of what these open are:
    – 4-Pin Comb: Master 40mm series solid body padlocks and various clones of this common design. (M140, M141, etc.)
    – 5-Pin Comb: Master 50 and 60mm solid body padlocks and some Abus padlocks. (M150, M160, Abus 55/60)
    – 6-Pin Comb: Master 6-Pin Puck Locks and Trailer Hitch locks (A2000, A2001, 6271), American Series 748 and other locks utilizing the American 2001 series cylinder. As well as some older model PacLocks.
  • Quick Stick: (The thicker, pointy key looking thing) Designed to quickly open poorly designed Chinese padlocks, as well as keyways on some file cabinet locks and tool chests. By simply bypassing the pins on a keyway all together and manipulating the locking dog, the QuickStick can open these locks faster than actual picking.
  • EZ Decoders (2 pieces): (The thin, pointy key looking things)  A bypass tool designed to open many combination padlocks made by Sesame and Master Lock, as well as many luggage locks by decoding or shimming. Picture those padlocks, keyboxes, and briefcase locks that consist of a row of 3 to 4 little number wheels next to each other. That’s what these are for.
  • 5-piece Lockpick Set: Fully custom made for Tuff Possum Gear from 0.025″ thick tempered stainless steel. This is a selection of the five most useful profiles for “in the field” use and easy/medium skill level, based on my personal preference and the recommendations of many folks far more knowledgeable than I ever will be. They are the same length/format as the popular “Bogata Pi” set at just about 3.14″ long:
    – Short Hook w/ flat top (the only true “pick”, used for single pin picking, as all the rest are “rakes”)
    – City Rake (looks like a jagged mountain range. Used for rocking and raking.)
    – Hollow Half Diamond (also known as a single peak Bogata, this can be used for some single pin picking as well as raking and “zipping”)
    – Triple Peak, Large Wave Rake (AKA the popular triple peak Bogata pattern. One of my personal favorites)
    – Five Peak, Small Wave Rake (a handy variation of the wave rake, popularized by TOOOL, The Open Organization Of Lockpickers)
  • And of course, no lockpick set would be complete without a selection of tension wrenches. The 3 Piece Longhorn Tension Wrenches are each a different thickness and double ended for a total of 6 different options to fit a multitude of keyway situations. The wide/long ends are for “bottom of the keyway” and the narrow/short ends are for “top of the keyway” tensioning. They are color coded: Red is .030” thick, White is .040” thick, and Blue is .050” thick.

These kits are very reasonably priced when you consider what it would cost to piece together something like this which is likely why the first batch sold out so quickly. If you want one, a little birdie told me you should watch the website today as new kits will likely be added.

TuffPossumGear.com

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Gypsy EDC RZR Snail

Gypsy EDC has opened pre-orders for their new RZR Snail – a bottle opener/impact tool/utility blade holding, karambit-like knife designed for EDC and travel.

The RZR Snail accepts standard utility razor blades. It is designed to be TSA compliant when the blade is removed and, even with the blade removed, it can be used as a bottle opener or impact tool. Then, once you arrive at your location, a blade can be easily sourced.

Every RZR Snail comes with a utility blade and a sheath. It machined from 6061 aluminum right here in Idaho.

GypsyEDC.com

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New From TOPS Knives: Brush Wolf and High Impact

TOPS Knives just rolled out two of their most anticipated releases for 2021. The Brush Wolf continues TOPS Knives’ legacy of creating excellent large knives with its interesting incorporation of Nessmuk design and the High Impact is the latest in their growing line of hatchets.

You can learn more at TOPSKnives.com.

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G3D Printables Training Knives and Dummy Rounds

I recently came across G3D Printables and was struck by what a clever use of 3D printing technology it is. They make training items like dummy rounds and training knives – items that have traditionally been expensive when you consider how simple they are. G3D Printables is able to offer them at extremely affordable prices thanks to the efficiencies offered by 3D printing.

In addition to the cost benefits, there are also benefits in the accuracy they can achieve in reproducing something like a knife. They are also able to print using different materials to achieve different results like both hard and flexible versions of knife trainers.

If all of that isn’t interesting enough, they can also take on custom prints so they may be able to help you create a trainer or dummy round for a one-off custom knife or oddball cartridge. This could also offer opportunities for custom knife makers to offer affordable trainers for their designs without having to produce them in-house. They recently completed a collaboration with Wingard Wearables to create a trainer for the Quill.

G3D Printables website: https://g3dprintables.onlineweb.shop/

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LEWMODUS “Onyx” Survival Tool

LEWMODUS’ new Onyx Survival Tool is a clever survival kit that packs a ton of useful items into a small space. Even the lanyard included with the kit has more of a purpose than just hanging around your neck. It covers, or aids in covering, several survival priorities in spite of its compact size including fire making, signalling, water, and more.

This tool has so many features that I am going to embed their Instagram post here so that you can view the images with their accompanying captions:

The initial run of the LEWMODUS Onyx Survival Tool sold out very quickly. If you want to get your hands on one, follow LEWMODUS on Instagram: @LEWMODUS

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