Showing posts with label EDC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EDC. Show all posts

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My new favorite little big knife, Spyderco Techno.

It takes me a long time to buy anything. Once I decide I'm interested in something, I spend the next few weeks doing research, trying to make sure I'm going to make the right decision. I went through the same process when I decided I wanted a new pocket knife. I ultimately decided I was going to go with the Spyderco Techno, and when it first arrived, I thought I'd made a mistake. 


The Techno is a design from Marcin Slysz, a Polish knifemaker. It has a blade made from CTS-XHP, and the handle scales are made from titanium. It is a framelock design, which means part of the scale on the right side acts as the locking mechanism. It's a very secure design, and this particular knife has no blade play in any direction.



The knife is very well made. Fit and finish is the best of any Spyderco that I've owned. Seriously, that's not an exaggeration, it is the best made knife I've ever owned. I think the actual size of the blade caught me off guard. It's right around 2.5" long, and right at 1/4" thick. This is as thick as some of the larger fixed blades I've owned. That thickness, coupled with an unimpressive edge, really hindered the cutting ability of the knife out of the box. I also like having a nice pointy tip on my knives, and that's something that just wasn't possible with this design. I ended up posting it for sale the day after it arrived.

Now, the Techno is a pretty popular design, and it is sometimes hard to get for a decent price. I was a little surprised the offers didn't just come rolling in. Thankfully, that gave me some time to get to know the Techno a little better, and I decided I was going to keep it after all.  First thing, I took care of the edge, thinning out the shoulders, and lightly convexing the edge. I know some of this might not make sense to some of you non-knife folks, but basically I took the edge, and I made it gooder.  




It's a real slicing machine now, which is surprising for its thickness. I have knives with blades half as thick that don't perform as well as this one. The other surprise with this knife, is just how comfortable the handle can be. It seems short and stubby, but it works well in a variety of grips.




Over the past month or so, it's become my favorite knife. I don't even have to think about which knife is going in my pocket for the day, because it's been this one everyday since I decided to keep it. I really don't feel the need to carry or buy anything else, and that's about the best recommendation a knife can get. 

I know knives aren't everyone's thing, but it never hurts to have at least one around the house to take care of those little cutting chores that pop up from time to time. If you're interested in their designs, just visit Spyderco's website and see if there's anything that catches your interest. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

His and hers

I picked up these two lovely pieces of pocket jewelry for Chelsea and I not long after we moved in together.



The top one is mine, a Case Amber Bone Small Texas Jack. The blades are carbon, which means they'll stain and darken with use, as you can probably tell. The bottom one belongs to Chelsea, and it's a Case Purple Bone Peanut, because she loves things that are purple. They're small, useful, and if I say so myself, rather beautiful. They've seen quite a bit of use over the past 5 years, and I don't doubt they'll last a dozen more.These two go a long way in proving that just because it's a knife, doesn't mean it has to be scary.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sort of a review: Victorinox Minichamp

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was a little Victorinox Minichamp, given to me by my girlfriend. The Minichamp was a replacement for the Classic that had been riding on my keychain for nearly 10 years.


The Minichamp is the same length as the Classic model, but it's over twice as thick due to the number of tools packed into it. The Classic only came with a knife blade, scissors, and a nailfile/screwdriver. The Minichamp includes those, and much, much more.


Clockwise from left, the included tools are:
Orange peeler
Wharncliffe blade
Nail file with nail cleaning tip
Ruler with screwdriver tip
Cuticle pusher
Cap lifter combo tool with wire stripper/bender and phillips screwdriver
Pen blade
Scissors

It also includes a small ball point pen


and a set of tweezers on the other side.


Really, the only thing I miss is the toothpick, though with two different knife blades, I'm sure I could whittle one if I needed it badly enough. As for the review part of this, the edges on the knife blades could have been a little sharper. Seriously, that's the only complaint that I have. Somehow, Victorinox manages to have the most consistent fit and finish of any manufacturer, while also producing more knives than anyone else in the world. I'm not sure how they do it, but it must be magic. Even if you're not the type of person who likes sharp and pointy objects, you're doing yourself a disservice by not owning at least one Swiss Army knife. Just make sure you buy a Victorinox or a Wegner, everything else is just a lie*.


*Disclaimer: I do not get paid by either Victorinox or Wegner. I'm just passionate about my Swiss Army knives.

Monday, November 12, 2012

What's in my pockets?

On just about every forum I've joined, there is a thread asking what folks carry as their EDC, or everyday carry. Some people carry a ridiculous number of expensive items on them, while other prefer a more simplified setup. I tend to go simple myself, as I don't want to carry or use something I can't afford to replace, or just can't replace period.

Here's what I had in my pockets today:


From left to right we have:

Keys, with car remote and Lego Boba Fett. I had a Victorinox Classic on there, but it was just plain worn out. Time to get another one.

Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm- because it doesn't smell and taste like chemicals.

Victorinox Pioneer-This one was a Christmas gift from Chelsea, and is my most carried pocket knife. I actually tend to use the tools more than the knife, but it doesn't hurt to have an extra edge on me. I have this one on a paracord lanyard that goes around my belt. It makes sure the knife sits vertically in my pocket, rather than sitting horizontally at the bottom. Carrying the knife this way is more comfortable, and it's easier to retrieve as well.

Buck Bucklite- This was a gift from a gentleman on Bladeforums. This particular version is discontinued, though Buck still makes different knives under the Bucklite label. Sturdy, light, and very sharp, it handles most of my day to day cutting tasks.

Coach brown leather wallet- Another gift from the girlfriend, this one carries all the necessary cards, id's, etc. No cash though, unfortunately.

And that's it. I have a bag I keep in the car, and that will usually contain a few other items, along with my cellphone. One of these days I'll post up the contents of my little Bag of Evil as well.

Of course, now I pose the same question to my readers and fellow bloggers alike. What's in your pockets?
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