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Even Ray Laconico’s Scraps Look Good

Ray Laconico is obviously physically incapable of making something ugly. Even his scraps look good!

ray laconico scrap pry opener

This little pry bar/bottle opener widget was created by Ray from some scrap Damascus steel. Even though this was just a scrap project, Ray put in his typical attention to detail and aesthetics which can be seen in the flowing form, clean grind on the pry tip, and chamfered lanyard hole.

Check out Ray’s forum on Blade Forums or his Facebook Page

PHLster Fightworthy Ka-Bar TDI Sheaths

Kydex guru PHLster makes a sheath for the Ka-Bar TDI that is very popular. Demand for the sheath has outpaced his ability to produce them since their introduction. PHLster has been working to streamline production of the sheath in an effort to increase the rate at which they can be created. The good news is that they have succeeded.

PHLster Fightworthy TDI Sheath

The original sheath was foam pressed and had a curved shape to it that made it hand specific. The new version is now vacuum formed and has a flat shape that makes it ambidextrous and more user configurable. the result of these changes is a sheath that has the same level of quality but can be produced more easily. Many users are also reporting that the new flat shape is actually more comfortable too.

Check out PHLster Fightworthy TDI Sheath.

Bladetricks Trick Bars

Bladetricks, a custom maker out of Madrid, makes some very interesting edged tools that are not limited to just knives. One of their newest items, Trick Bars, are a downright wicked take on the classic pry bar.

Bladetricks Trick Bars

Trick Bars look like a simple hooked shape piece of steel but closer inspection reveals various angles and surfaces that are designed to allow them so serve as a pry bar, hammer, ice pick, and more. They are also very obviously designed to serve as a self-defense tool should the need arise. Something like this would be at home in any BOB or vehicle emergency kit.

They are ground from 5mm thick O1 tool steel and available in two sizes. The EDC size is compact at 25cm in overall length and the large size comes in at 34.5cm in overall length. They have a paracord wrap on the handle and come with a kydex sheath.

Check out the Bladetricks website and Facebook Page.

KA-BAR Beer Tap

Look around you. Take it all in. You are going to want to remember where you were when you first heard about the KA-BAR Beer Tap. That’s right, KA-BAR has turned their iconic, stacked-leather handle into the ultimate beer tap. I’ll give that a minute to sink in and allow you to compose yourself…

KA-BAR Beer Tap

Is it wrong to buy a Kegorator just so I can put a KA-BAR Beer Tap on it?

Check out KA-BAR.

Review: Gearward Compact Survival Cord

It was kind of hard to take the paracord out of my EDC bag and set it aside. I have been carrying it for years and it has come in handy numerous times. I suppose that, like most guys who like to be at least a little prepared, I was used to having paracord with me and it was going to take something pretty exceptional to displace it. In my case, that something exceptional was Compact Survival Cord from Gearward.

Gearward Compact Survival Cordage

Overview

Compact Survival Cord comes in 3 different configurations each wound on a special spool that is part of the success of this cordage. They are listed below from largest to smallest:

  • Small – 50 feet of 600lb break strength Technora line
  • Mini – 50 feet of 200lb break strength Kevlar line
  • Micro – 25 feet of 200lb break strength Kevlar line (sold in pack of 2)

The cord comes pre-wound on a plastic spool that has one hard plastic side and one flexible plastic side. The flexible part can be folded to open or close the spool. I’ll expand on this later in the review.

Observations from Use

All three sizes are FAR more compact than a comparable amount of paracord. This alone could have bumped paracord out of my EDC bag but there are even more advantages to explore.

The spool that this cordage comes on is part of the magic of this package. It makes it so easy to carry and work with this cord. As I mentioned above, it can be opened and closed via its flexible plastic side. This ensures that you have full access to the cord when you need it and that it doesn’t unravel in your bag when you aren’t using it. It can also be used to keep the working end accessible by closing the flexible side on the end of the cord. I really appreciate that when my hands are cold.

Gearward Compact Survival Cordage Closed Gearward Compact Survival Cordage Open Gearward Compact Survival Cordage Retained Working End

The “Small” size, which is the largest of the bunch, has the highest break strength of any of the cords that Gearward sells. The Technora line is half the diameter of paracord but stronger, more resistant to heat and other environmental factors, and lighter in weight. In spite of all that, it was the least useful to me in part due to its larger size. I don’t use the cord for many applications that really push its break strength so more cord in a smaller package is probably more useful to me. I would love to see Gearward offer a Kevlar cord option on this large spool size.

The Mini and Micro sizes are most useful to me. They are both extremely compact and both packed with 200lb break strength Kevlar cord. The Kevlar cord is extremely versatile. It can be unraveled readily into three separate strands, each with a break strength of around 60lb. These single strands are more than strong enough to serve as lashings in a survival shelter and well suited to be used in gear repairs if you also have a sewing needle in your kit. The Micro in particular is small enough to fit an Altoids tin style survival kit with plenty of room to spare for other items.

Gearward Compact Survival Cordage Scale

Wrap Up

This is a fine example of something that is greater than the sum of its parts. The spools are good. The cordage is good. Together, they are great. These are lightweight, compact, and extremely functional. It may be sacrilege to the cult of EDC but these might just stand a chance of bumping paracord from your bag.

Check out all 3 sizes of Compact Survival Cord at Gearward.

Cross posted from JerkingtheTrigger.com

Flexxx Strops

A good strop can help a novice sharpener achieve shaving sharp edges and it can help a skilled sharpener split atoms. The best strops that I have personally laid hands on are those from Flexxx Strops.

Flexxx Signature Field Strop

Flexxx Strops makes several different sizes and shapes to fit various intended uses and budgets. Their Signature Series uses 8-10 ounce leather and contains several very functional and very affordable designs.

The Flexxx Strops Pro Series offers the kind of quality and features that people who spend a lot of time maintaining their edges require like thicker, 12 ounce leather.

Flexxx Pro Field II

All Flexxx Strops come pre-loaded with black and green Bark River Knife and Tool stropping compound unless you specify otherwise. I have used the BRKT compounds for years and they just flat work. The black compound cuts fairly aggressively and is perfect for maintaining an edge or to knock down the burr left by your sharpening stone. The green compound polishes the edge to a very high level of sharpness and is best used after you strop on the black compound.

If you have ever wondered why you can’t seem to bring your edges to shaving sharp like the old timers, it is because they know something you don’t. You need a strop! Check out the full line of strops at Flexxx Strops.

SHOT Show E&E Kit from SerePick

Oh no! Your pinned down by a talkative product rep who is bending your ear about how awesome the Taurus Judge is. Its time to put your SHOT Show E&E plan into action and this SHOT Show exclusive, custom kit from SerePick just might help (if the Taurus rep has physically restrained you in some way which I doubt they would, but still… you never know).

This kit will only be available at the SHOT Show and you are going to have to track down Matt at SerePick to get one. They will cost $50 or you can potentially barter for them (I suggest good bourbon or maybe comfortable walking shoes, those would be worth a mint on the show floor).

SerePick SHOT Show Kit

The kit consists of a compact plastic case and several other useful items…

  • Bogota Nano Entry Toolset
  • Quick Stick X2
  • EZ Decoder X2
  • Polymer Universal Handcuff Key X2
  • Steel Split Pawl Handcuff Shim X2
  • Glue Dots X2

You will have to add your own pocket change because the dime in the photo is just there for scale. This kit is tiny.

Check out SerePick.com.

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