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Mini SERE Compasses from True North Concepts

Not all button compasses are created equal. In fact, most of them are nearly worthless thanks to them being fragile or inaccurate. The dry (no liquid fill), metal body SERE compasses have always been one of the gold standards for “button” compasses. They are tough and they work… but they can be hard to find in genuine form.

Enter True North Concepts. They are working with an original military contract manufacturer to produce their own Mini SERE Compass. It features a solid brass housing with cord loop and OD green finish. The dry compass ensures quick readings and that the bubbles that plague most cheap button compasses won’t be an issue. The indicator markings are painted with lume for low light.

Each compass comes with a length of cord and a customer waterproof case. The back is etched with the True North Concepts logo which allows the brass to show through the OD green paint finish.

TrueNorth-USA.com

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2 New Tools from TOPS Knives: Mini Tanimboca Puukko and Ucon Hawk

TOPS Knives just released two new cutting tools at two different ends of the size spectrum. Both are additions to two lines for which TOPS is becoming very well known. The Mini Tanimboca Puuko fits well into the bushcraft lineup and the Ucon Hawk is a great addition to their line of hatchets.

Mini Tanimboca Puukko

TOPS Tanimboca Puukko has been a big success since it was made available in 2017. So, it was only fitting that when Goran approached TOPS about making a mini version, we were interested. The Mini Tanimboca Puukko is a great tool for making bushcraft items (utensils, kuksa, baskets, blow guns, etc. are all things that Goran had in mind with this), whittling around the fire, and even accomplishing some EDC uses.

This knife is smaller than most and has no guard (so use caution). The knife can be held close to the cutting edge and in multiple grips. If you like making things with your hands especially in the woods, this knife is going to be a must-have. It has the classic Puukko look, but in a much, much smaller package. The spine is ground to 90 degrees for scraping tasks. Well-rounded Black Canvas Micarta handles make the handle comfortable despite its size. The brown leather sheath is set up for a tip-down neck carry, but also has a loop that will fit most belts.

The Mini Tanimboca Puukko was designed by Goran Mihajlovic, who also designed the original one made by TOPS. Goran is originally from Serbia but grew up in Germany. He has lived in Colombia now for many years. He owns a nature reserve called Tanimboca that houses hundreds if not thousands of species of plant, animal, and insect. Throughout his entire life, he has been a knife user and enthusiast. In recent years he has begun making knives at his forge in the Amazon jungle. He prefers Puukkos for their ability to perform well at large variety of cutting tasks.

Overall Length4.00″
Blade Length1.63″
Cutting Edge1.63″
Blade Thickness0.090″
Blade Steel1095 RC 56-58
Blade FinishTumble Finish
Handle MaterialBlack Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight1.4oz
Weight w/ Sheath2.6oz
Sheath IncludedYes
Sheath MaterialBrown Leather
Sheath ClipNeck – none
DesignerGoran Mihajlovic

Mini Tanimboca Puuko at TOPSKnives.com

Ucon Hawk

Hatchets have proven their usefulness over the years, time and time again. They are great for splitting smaller pieces of wood, chopping branches, limbs, and even small trees when necessary. They’re helpful when you need to clear a country road of debris and you forgot your chainsaw again. Some people even prefer them to large chopping knives. That’s why the Ucon Hawk was made.

This tool is similar in dimension to the Hammer Hawk, but it is a little lighter and made with 1095 instead of 1075. TOPS famous differential heat treat gives a tool that will be strong and hold its edge very well. The handles are made from a new material that mixes layers of G10 and rubber to provide maximum grip. The portion of the tang between the handle and the bit is rounded allowing the user to choke up for detailed cuts. So this can do all of the jobs of a hatchet and some of the jobs of a knife. It comes with a 2-piece leather sheath so that it can be carried multiple ways with safety in mind. It’s sure to become the go-to hatchet in your collection.

Overall Length15.00″
Blade Length4.87″
Cutting Edge4.87″
Blade Thickness0.250″
Blade Steel1095 RC 56-58
Blade FinishTumble Finish
Handle MaterialOrange/Black SureTouch G10
Knife Weight31.1oz
Weight w/ Sheath35.6oz
Sheath IncludedYes
Sheath MaterialBlack Leather
Sheath ClipBelt Loop
DesignerLeo Espinoza

Ucon Hawk at TOPSKnives.com

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Simple Theory Gear Adds New Accessories for The Pack Stove

Simple Theory Gear continues to develop The Pack Stove with the addition of several new products. You can view my review of The Pack Stove for background on what I consider to be an excellent and versatile twig stove.

The new products include an ash plate, a new storage sack option that fits The Pack Stove and Stanley Adventure Cook Set perfectly, a new burner plate, and more. Check out the video below for details and visit SimpleTheoryGear.com.

OV Innovations ALICE Frame Carry Handle

Ever wonder why the venerable ALICE Pack doesn’t have a carry handle? OV Innovations wondered and they are just the company to do something about it. Their ALICE Frame Carry Handle is now available.

The ALICE Frame Carry Handle attaches directly to the frame and provides a lift point that is strong enough for heavy packs without ripping shoulder straps. It is available in Camo Green.

OVInnovations.com

Sneak Peek: Architect Knife Systems Field Buddy 6.5

We recently mentioned the new Architect Knife Systems Field Buddy 5.5 from The Knife Connection (TKC). Now TKC has already dropped a teaser image for the direction (or directions) that Architect might head next.

Field Buddy 6.5 Prototype

The teaser shows a prototype for the Field Buddy 6.5, a knife with the same handle as the 5.5 but a longer blade. It also shows a potentially new grind option for the series in the form of a Scandi grind and a new contoured burlap micarta handle option. TKC has also been floating the idea 3V steel as a new premium steel option. That is a lot of options for a company that already offers a lot of options to the buyer.

Stay tuned for more details on availability.

TheKnifeConnection.com

Field Buddy 6.5

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