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New from Baryonyx Knife Co. – The Grimalkin

The Grimalkin, from Baryonyx Knife Co., is a compact, skeletonized fixed blade knife. It is ground from 2.75mm thick 1095 steel and features a 2 7/8″ long, flat ground blade. The handle is designed to be comfortable and hand-filling whether it is wrapped or unwrapped. The Grimalkin comes with an HDPE sheath.

It is available with the same optional Special Grade treatment offered on most Baryonyx Knife Co. products. The treatment varies by product but in the case of the Grimalkin, it entails thinning and refining the cutting edge for more performance.

BaryonyxKnife.com

Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2-7/8″
  • Overall Length: 5-13/16″
  • Thickness: 2.75mm
  • Steel: 1095 at 58RC
  • Weight: 1.2oz

Rainier Knives Introduces Fastpak Scale Kit

The Fastpak from Rainier Knives is an ultralight fixed blade knife for EDC or outdoors. It was previously only available with a skeletonized handle befitting it’s lightweight design intentions but now they have introduced Fastpak Scales. Even with the new scales, the Fastpak weighs in at a scant 2.55 ounces including the sheath.

The scales are available as a kit for those who already own a Fastpak or as an optional accessory for those purchasing new Fastpaks. The scales are relieved so that the original sheath can still be used with the scales installed. They are available in Black, Green, or Natural Micarta.

RainierUSA.com

ATLAS Gen 5 Achilles Trauma Kit Ankle Band

ATLAS is now offering the 5th generation of their Achilles Trauma Kit Ankle Band. The new version adds capacity and retention features while still keeping a thin, minimalist profile.

The new features include an additional 1.5″ sleeve and a removable retention strap for the 4″ bandage pocket. The Achilles Gen 5 retains the clever internal rescue hook sleeve of its predecessor. It is available on its own or pre-stocked with supplies as a kit.

StrongLikeBeetle.com

Amtac Blades Introduces the Magnus

If you have ever looked at the Amtac Blade Northman and wished it was bigger, the new Magnus might be for you. The Magnus features a 5″ blade ground from 3/16″ thick CPM-20CV steel and comes in at 8 5/8″ long in overall length. Like the Northman before it, it features textured G-10 handle scales.

The Magnus will be available to order on Thanksgiving Day. It will also be available for a special price on that day ($50 off).

Stay tuned for more details.

AmtacBlades.com

The Buff – Swiss Army Knife of Headwear

What if there was one piece of gear that could serve as a scarf, a knit hat, a gaiter, a pot cozy, a handkerchief, a sleep hat and more? What if it also weighed very little and folded almost completely flat? Well, such an item exists. It’s called a Buff and it’s as amazing as it sounds.

What Is It?

It’s simple – really, really simple. A Buff is basically just a fabric tube. It is usually made from a material with some stretch like Merino Wool, polyester, and synthetic fleece. The tube shape is the key to its versatility.

Original Buff is, as far as I can tell, the originator of the Buff. The name “Buff” is a brand name but it has become somewhat of a genericized trademark that refers to similar headwraps from other manufacturers. My first experience with something similar was the Spec Ops Brand Recon Wrap about 15 years ago. Mil-Spec Monkey, OR, and others all make versions of this useful item. Now I own several including some from Original Buff which I prefer.

What’s the Big Deal?

The Buff’s versatility is off the charts and if you enjoy spending time outside, you’ll likely never stop finding uses for them. They are an incredible addition to a cold-weather EDC. I don’t leave home without one when the temperatures start dropping and I camp/hike with one year-round.

Here are some of the ways I have used mine:

  1. knit cap (great for cool summer nights above treeline)
  2. sun protection
  3. sweatband
  4. ear warmer
  5. helmet liner
  6. pot cozy/holder (great for insulating rehydrating camp meals or holding hot pot handles as long as you have a non-melting material)
  7. scarf
  8. gaiter
  9. balaclava
  10. handkerchief
  11. hand towel
  12. pillowcase (wrapped around a stuff sack that was stuffed with clothes)
  13. More ways to wear a buff

My first Buffs were all made from synthetic materials. They were fairly thin and served me well in all 4 seasons. However, last year a friend mentioned that Buff Headwear now offered 100% Merino Wool Buffs which opened up a whole new world of functionality since Merino won’t melt. I am more comfortable using the wool version handling hot pots in camp. It also seems to stave off stink longer than the polyester versions. If I could only have one, it would be one of the lightweight Merino Wool Buffs.

My Buff is usually working for me even when I am not wearing one. I typically fold one flat and tuck it into the front pocket of my Hill People Gear Kit Bag to pad items like my compass and phone. This protects my gear just a bit and keeps the Buff in an easy to access location.

Wrap Up

Buffs are as multifunctional as a Swiss Army Knife and useful in all 4 seasons. They are one of my all-time favorite pieces of gear.

You may have a source for them locally so check your local outdoor stores. I have a local source but they don’t carry the Merino Wool versions that I prefer so I have purchased mine on Amazon.

Buff Headware on Amazon.com (affiliate link)

GunfightersINC Adds Nightstick Weapon Light Support

When I reviewed the Nightstick TMC-550XL weapon light, I found it to be a great light. The only thing that I lamented was the lack of holster support at the time. Fortunately, that is changing as GunfightersINC has just announced that they are selling and will mold holsters for the Nightstick weapon lights.

GunfightersINC.com

Emotional Support Uzi Morale Patch from Stickthison.com

The biggest problem with emotional support animals is that they aren’t Emotional Support Uzis. Science knows this and Stickthison.com knows this. The good news is that you don’t have to live another day without your own Emotional Support Uzi. It’s almost as easy to buy on the internet than those sketchy support dog papers for your mutt.

Stickthison.com

Follow Hollow Performance Alpaca Socks

Alpaca fiber has some excellent qualities even over fibers like Merino wool. It wicks, resists funk, and insulates with less bulk while staying extremely soft. Those attributes make it attractive for socks but there are few examples of readily available alpaca fiber socks on the market and those that are available often have little actual fiber content. Enter Follow Hollow.

Follow Hollow, founded by Brian Davis of Fix It Sticks, is attempting to launch a sock line that is designed from the ground up to leverage the qualities of alpaca fiber all while not skimping on the alpaca fiber content (at least 80%) and offering the socks at a price similar to premium wool socks.

The Performance Alpaca Socks have been launched on Kickstarter. There is a week remaining and the project is nearly fully funded.

Follow Hollow on Kickstarter

FollowHollow.com

Bockscar Bomber Hat from Garage Built Gear

Garage Built Gear, maker all kinds of EDC items from the materials and camo patterns that we all love, is about to drop some very cool bomber hats. The Bockscar Bomber Hat is their version of the classic bomber hat design and it looks amazing.

The outer portion of the Bockscar is sewn from your choice of color or camo pattern in either 500D or 1000D Cordura Nylon (denier depends on color or pattern). The options include Multicam, Multicam Arid, Multicam Alpine, Multicam Black, Chocolate Chip, Woodland, Black, and OD Green. The inner is soft, warm fleece in your choice of Black Stretch Polar Fleece or “Mountain Pattern”.

These hats are hand made and will be released in small batches. The first batch will be released today (November 5th, 2019) at 12PM CST (Noon). If you want one, don’t screw around because $60 is a great price for a hand made item like this. They will likely sell out quickly.

GarageBuiltGear.com

Review: Fenix E30R

Earlier this year, I bought a Fenix E30R in the hopes that it would work well as a lightweight, bright, compact, 18650 powered flashlight, for outdoor use. I was basically buying the form-factor as the E30R is just about as small as you can make a 18650 powered light. Unfortunately, the light hasn’t quite worked out like I hoped. It works to be sure but it could be better with some seemingly simple additions.

Overview

The E30R is a compact, USB rechargable flashlight that is powered by a single 18650 or 2 CR123A batteries. It boasts 1600 lumens pushed through a TIR optic to shape the beam.

Size:
Length: 3.9” (99mm)
Body: 0.8” (21.5mm)
Head: 1.0” (25.4mm)

Weight: 1.8 oz. (51g) excluding battery

Battery: One 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery (included) or two CR123A Lithium batteries can be used in an emergency

Included: Fenix ARB-L18-3500 rechargeable Li-ion battery, magnetic charging cable, body clip, lanyard, spare O-ring

Observations from Use

I’ve owned many Fenix lights over the years. In fact, I owned one of the first Fenix lights imported via a group buy on Candlepower forums back in the day. They have always served me well and I have come to trust and even prefer them in many cases. This is the first one that has disappointed me. It looks amazing. It is extremely bright. The form-factor is amazing. The clip is excellent. The output levels are nicely spaced. Fenix got so much right but their user interface design let them down in a big way.

The light can be turned on by a half-second long press on the switch. That means that when you need light, you push the switch and wait. That is annoying. When I push the switch, I want light right then. On top of that, the light always turns on in low mode which can be a good thing unless you want most or even all of the lumens right away. You have to long press to turn the light on and then click to cycle through each of the 5 modes. For example, accessing the Turbo setting from off requires a half-second long press followed by 4 clicks. There is no way to access Turbo or High from off and no mode memory. Either or both of those options would make this light 10 times easier to live with.

I realize that I can’t hold too much of this against the light because I read about the user interface before I bought the light and it is marketed as an EDC light (which is often code for a fiddly user interface in flashlight marketing terms). Still, I was hoping it wouldn’t be as annoying as it seemed… but it is. The user interface is just not well suited to outdoor (and obviously “tactical”) use.

With all that out of the way, I can report that this light is great in other ways. It makes use of a SST40 LED behind a lens and the beam is EXCELLENT. It’s bright, white, and well balanced in terms of throw and spill. The E30R puts all that SST40 efficiency to good use with great mode spacing. In most outdoor use cases, the 350 lumen medium setting is more than enough light and it will give you over 5 hours of runtime in that setting!

In terms of appearance and other physical attributes, the light is a joy. The copper-colored accents look great. The magnetic charging and battery charge indicator are easy to use and functional. The deep carry clip is strong and well designed. The light is easy to hold and operate in spite of its small size.

Wrap Up

This light could have been great as it combines so many great features and attributes in such a small, 18650 powered package. If it just had some sort of output mode memory or a way to go directly to High or Turbo setting, it would be a far more useful light for outdoor use. As it is now, it feels like a light with a lot of unrealized potential. If you are looking for a light for something like EDC in an office, this might work.

I purchased my E30R from FenixLighting.com. It is also available elsewhere including Amazon.com.

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