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Ben’s Backwoods Fire Wicks

I recently had the chance to try Fire Wicks from Ben’s Backwoods and I’m impressed. To give you some context, my impression of them is that they are kind of like an improved version of petroleum jelly soaked cotton balls. Having something that readily turns spark into flame and then extends that flame is vital to any fire kit.

Fire Wicks are sections of lamp wick that are impregnated with wax. The use of lamp wick is the genius part. First, lamp wick is dense with cotton fibers so the can be fluffed to catch a spark and burn for a long, long time. Second, the lamp wick is flat in form which makes Fire Wicks incredibly easy to store in a kit, on a sheath, or anywhere. Lastly, one Fire Wick can be trimmed into multiple pieces to start multiple fires. It can also be kept whole to use like a match when starting a twig stove or reaching into a fire lay. The lamp wick form is very handy.

Tuff Possum Gear Launches New Website and New Shackleton EDC Satchel

There was a lot of news coming out of Tuff Possum Gear this weekend:

After over two years of testing, the Shackleton EDC Satchel is finally here and listed up on the brand new website

Many are familiar with the story of the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton and his story of survival and leadership. This satchel is designed for such men. Inspired by loners and leaders. Made for both daily life and exceptional adventure. Designed for those who GO places and DO things…

As you can see, they launched both a new website and the new Shackleton EDC Satchel which is the first item they are produced with their new production partner, FirstSpear.

The Shackleton EDC Satchel is 12″ wide by 9″ tall by 4″ deep and constructed from 1000D and 500D Cordua nylon. It features a flap closure that is secured with a ITW Cobra Buckle. The Shackleton has slip pockets on both ends and interior pockets on the front panel for gear organization. The interior also features a laser-cut PALS/loop grid for use with MOLLE compatible and hook backed pouches.

The back of the Shackleton features 4 webbing tabs with the same spacing as those found on Hill People Gear’s small packs and compression panels. This will allow the Shackleton to be docked on Hill People Gear packs.

Lester River Bushcraft Adds Charcoal Gray to Boreal Line of Wool Outerwear

Lester River Bushcraft is well known for their high-quality wool outerwear. Known as the Boreal line and made in Duluth, Minnesota, the line consists of two garments – the Boreal Shirt Anorak and the LRB M1951 Field Jacket. Previously these garments were only available in Olive Green but this week, Lester River Bushcraft added a new Charcoal Gray color option.

Wool is naturally flame retardant and antimicrobial. It wicks moisture away from the wear and helps regulate temperature. Both garments are also packed with features beyond the natural qualities of wool. Learn more at:

Tulster SideKick

The Tulster SideKick is glue-on, claw-like device for kydex IWB holsters. It is designed specifically to work with Tulster holsters but since it is attached via adhesive and requires only a mostly flat portion of holster near the trigger guard area of the holster, it may be useful on holsters from a variety of manufacturers.

You may be familiar with holster claws already. They are struts that project out from the holster and provide a physical means of torquing the holster in toward the wearer to reduce printing. They are usually designed to ride under the belt so that the belt itself provides the necessary pressure to turn the handgun’s grip into the wearer.

Typically, claw-like devices are either bolted onto the holster, integrated into the belt hardware, or molded into the holster itself. Tulster’s adhesive based SideKick will provide another option for attaching these devices that should have broad compatibility with many holsters and may even work for holsters that were previously incapable of accepting a claw.

The SideKick will be released on March 3rd. In the mean time, you can learn more about it and see how it is installed at Tulster’s website:

Massaro Holster Works American Purebred IWB Holster

A friend of mine recently pointed out Massaro Holster Works to me during a discussion about my love-hate relationship with hybrid holsters. Their American Purebred IWB Holster looks a lot like any other hybrid holster at first glance but if you look closer there are some really interesting and unique features.

The handgun is fully enclosed in kydex which corrects the biggest drawback with many other hybrids which is marginal retention. The kydex holster body attaches to the backing via hook and loop makes it infinitely adjustable for ride height and cant. Massaro Holster Works has also designed the holster body with a built-in rotation to turn the grip in toward the wearer much the same way you might see with a wedge or ramp on an AIWB holster.

The holster backing is grippy on the side that is placed against the wearer which Massaro Holsters claims helps take some of the weight of the gun off the belt. Finally, they utilize a very unique spring steel wire clip that appears to be very low-profile.

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