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Introducing the WNDSN Telemeter Dog Tag in Brass

BERLIN, 2020-11-12 – Your tools should last longer than you do.

Brass, used since prehistory, is the ever-classic. Its malleability, durability, antimicrobial properties, and sheer cosmetic appeal makes Brass stand out among flashier, more modern materials and WNDSN reaches for it again and again when creating new products, this time bringing it to their signature Dog Tag Telemeter Pendant.

The core tenant at WNDSN is “The best tool is the one you have with you, on you.” and they mean it literally when it comes to the dog tag. The Brass Dog Tag Telemeter Pendant is the newest product in their line of distance measuring and range finding instruments. The Brass Dog Tag retains the classic military format, sized according to specifications and matching current U.S. Dog Tags. A heavier material, the Brass Dog Tag weighs in at 1oz (33 g). Now available in Brass, this Telemeter will become an heirloom item for the next generations of explorers.

The WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter pendant fixates the distance to the measuring scale by way of creating a necklace that is holding the scales at a set distance from the eye, thus enabling accurate measurements. The simple instructions are, as always:

Find an object of known size at the distance you need to measure and determine the angular size which you can subsequently convert to distance.

The new WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter pendant features two sets of scales; on the left-hand side, a standard angular size scale with a maximum of 10° graded in 0.2° increments, and on the right-hand side, a special multiplication scale that allows the user — knowing the dimension of the object to be measured — to directly multiply the value for the distance.

Further design elements and features are:

  1. Both sets of scales have extra-long marks, extended from the edges to be visible with dog tag silencers installed.
  2. The dog tag itself features instructional icons to create a self-contained tool.
  3. The backside is intentionally left blank to either sandwich the Telemeter dog tag to the back of regular dog tags, or alternatively for the end user to add additional information, velcro, or marker tabs.

The WNDSN family of Telemeters are wallet-size distance and altitude nomographs developed in the WNDSN applied science lab. They combine a thousand years of civil engineering, surveying, navigation, and astronomy in durable, low-tech, high utility instruments that can be brought anywhere, are self-containing, and independent of external, modern technologies.

Under certain conditions or in cases where laser rangefinders tend to fail or result in errors, WNDSN Telemeters prevail and can be used as primary or “second opinion” tools, to cross-check values obtained with different means, or in austere situations when other methods fail or are unavailable.

The WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter is made in Germany, its scales are laser-engraved and precision-cut into 3 mm raw, unpolished brass. The device carries the WNDSN maker’s marks; scientific instructions are engraved and supplemented by a printed how-to in both English and German. An abridged manual is included as a PDF and a 400-page printed comprehensive manual is available separately at WNDSN or via bookstores.

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About WNDSN

WNDSN’s Applied Science Lab, based in Berlin, develops and manufactures that which can’t be improvised; measurement, navigation, and surveying instruments informed by the motto “Ex Mensura, Scientia” — knowledge from measurement.

WNDSN produces archival quality products that are designed with intent by combining techniques proven over centuries; arcane science meets cutting edge contemporary methods, resulting in iconic, timeless, high-utility designs.

In addition to custom-built instruments and tools, metrology & illumination solutions, WNDSN creates expedition mementos and morale patches to celebrate cross-disciplinary exploration in the spirit of the Renaissance. WNDSN morale patches are acutely designed — no line is left to randomness, no element is mere filler. They serve as infographics, how-tos for the WNDSN tools, magic sigils, as well as functional markers.

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New Fire Starting Kit from CRT Adventure Gear

Ft Worth, TX – CRT Adventure Gear is proud to introduce the Patent
Pending SP3 KITv1, a self-contained, discreet, lightweight fire starting
kit that’s ready for your next adventure.

Named for the third “survival priority”, fire, the SP3 KITv1was initially
developed as a low profile emergency fire starting kit for everyday carry
(EDC) in urban environments. As such, it uses the inconspicuous
form factor of a ballpoint pen to help it fly under the radar.

However, hunters, campers, backpackers, wilderness Search and Rescue,
and other adventurers who need fire starting provisions also appreciate
its adaptability, form and function. The SP3 KITv1 not only fits anywhere
you would normally find a ballpoint pen, it is easily broken down or
modified to meet a wide range of specific kitting needs.

Key Features/Contents:

  • Complete kit weighs less than a disposable lighter
  • Micro ballpoint pen for filling out game tags, taking notes, or other
  • writing needs
  • The heat treated, tool steel striker is designed for compact
  • effectiveness
  • The Patent Pending three part tinder is self-contained, can burn for over
  • four minutes or be pulled apart and used to light multiple fires
  • The Patent Pending ferro rod is one of, if not the, lightest weight handled
  • ferro rods on the market and permanently holds a high quality pyrophoric
  • rod for maximum sparking performance
  • A sandpaper patch is included with the kit that can be wrapped around the pen
  • body for field maintenance of the striker edge, if needed
  • The pen cap and pen body can be used as handle extensions for additional
  • control of the ferro rod and striker

Available just in time for the holiday season, additional information about the SP3 KITv1 or CRT Adventure Gear is available at:
www.Adventure-Kits.com

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Agawa Canyon Inc. Rebrands as Agawa and Releases Boreal15 and Boreal24 Saws

Agawa Canyon has rebranded as Agawa and launched two new saws in the Boreal15 and Boreal24 as companions to their original product, the Boreal21 folding bow saw.

Agawa Gear’s Boreal saws are among the best folding bow saws on the market. The entire line shares the same features with the difference between models being the size. The new Boreal15 takes a standard 15″ bow saw blade and the new Boreal24 takes a standard 24″ bow saw blade. These, along with the 21″ blade of the Boreal21, are common sizes that can be found in most hardware stores or farm supply stores though the Agawa blades are excellent.

I have owned a Boreal21 for a couple of years now and found it to be excellent. There are a number of features that make these saws stand out. They open in close in seconds without the need to touch the blade at all. They offer a similar amount of clearance to most non-folding bow saws allowing for cuts in large diameter wood. They tension automatically as part of their folding design. The 6063 aluminum frame is light, durable, and rigid. Finally, their slim form when folded completely covers the blade and is easy to slip in a pack. Based on my experience, these are excellent saws.

You can check out the new Boreal15 and Boreal24 at AgawaGear.com.

New from TOPS Knives: The Trail Seeker and Storm Vector

TOPS Knives has released two new models – The Trail Seeker and the Storm Vector. Both of these knives have interesting backstories. The Trail Seeker is the latest knife to come out of their employee design competition, a competition that has already produced other successful designs. The Storm Vector is based on the history-rich, Viking Seax with a dash of modern reinterpretation.

Trail Seeker

The Trail Seeker is a product of TOPS’ 4th employee contest to design a knife to be put into production. This year, it was Luis Murillo, who is the Kydex manager at TOPS. His inspiration for the design was as simple as it gets. Make sure it has a comfortable handle – with a bit of a guard and a nice swell – a simple, effective blade design with a good pointy tip, and a Kydex sheath that makes it easy to wear the knife on your hip every day. Get yours today and you’ll see that he nailed it.

Pick up the Trail Seeker from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/trail-seeker

Storm Vector

Just like Grandpa always had his trusty pocketknife handy, the same can be said for the Vikings and their Seax. With a blade that is over a foot long and a ¼ inch thick, the Storm Vector is capable of handling anything from small tasks around camp, to clearing brush on the back 40. This “broken back” style Seax is sure to make light work of whatever you bring it up against.

Although not very practical for EDC nowadays, during the Viking Age you never would have left home without it.

Pick up the Storm Vector from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/storm-vector

Simple Theory Gear Pack Stove XL

The new Pack Stove XL from Simple Theory Gear is now available. This is a scaled up version of the original Pack Stove with a larger chamber, increases airflow, and additional space for nesting of cookpots/cups inside the stove.

The original Pack Stove is an excellent piece of kit that is great for solo adventurers or up to two people. The new XL version should offer faster boil times, easier starts, and be able to support up to 4 people.

SimpleTheoryGear.com

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