Victorinox Spartan PS

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These two limited edition knives are the Spartan PS from Victorinox.

The Spartan is probably the most widely recognized Swiss Army knife around the world. I’ve posted a couple of pictures here on the blog of other Spartans that I own.

The PS stands for “polispectral”, which is apparently a special coating on the tools that give them a grey/black look depending on the light. The tools feel extremely smooth to the touch, which I imagine also has to do with coating.

I can’t speak for the durability of the coating, but it sure does look nice! I’m not sure how these will hold up to hard use like other Swiss Army knives. I suppose only time will tell.. But for now, I’ll enjoy the unique look that the coating gives these knives.

Side note – I imagine that if stormtroopers carried a Swiss Army knife, the white Spartan PS would probably be standard issue..

Olight Brass i3S

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This simple shot features the CRKT Pilar, the “Bottle Scalper” by Nicoll Knives, and the Olight i3S in brass.

The CRKT Pilar is a great little inexpensive knife. I did a quick write up about it in a previous post titled “Budget EDC”. This one has darkened, etched scales to get a little better contrast between the handle and the blade.

The bottle scalper by Nicholl knives is a simple bottle opener/pry bar tool that will fit just about anywhere.

The Olight i3S is a small key-chain/pocket light that runs off of a single AAA battery. This one is made from brass, and has a max output of 180 lumens for 3 minutes, then down to 90 to avoid overheating. The other 2 outputs include 20 lumens and 2 lumens.

I really enjoy the smaller, single AAA lights because they are easy to carry, and are usually more than enough light in everyday situations.

Pocket Stuff

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Nothing really new here in this shot, just a typical “pocket dump”. I just really liked this particular mix of gear and wanted to share it.

Viper Odino – Designed by Jesper Voxnaes. Love this knife. One of my all time favorites and always will be.

Victorinox Spartan – Full brass scales on a custom Victorinox Spartan. Also one of my favorites.

Boker Plus Pen – The KID by Boker. Super tactical.  

Log & Jotter Notebook – My July notebook from the Log & Jotter notebook subscription service. Check them out if you regularly use pocket sized notebooks.

Thanks for looking!

Titanium Pioneer X

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately, been on a nice long vacation in Switzerland.

Today I wanted to share one of my newest Swiss Army knives (and probably my favorite). This is a Pioneer X by Victorinox, which I reviewed in an earlier blog post. But this one is a bit different – this Pioneer has full titanium scales, and all of the tools have been etched and stonewashed. The handkerchief pictured is made by Alienated Supply Co.

John from Brasswerx put this one together for me, and he did a fantastic job. He recently got into modifying Swiss Army Knives, and this one was actually a part of his first batch. Serial number 003 to be exact..

The titanium scales add such a solid feel to the knife. Even more than the aluminum scales add compared to the cellidor scales. One side has the cross cut out (which is an awesome touch), and the other has a ¼” hex cut into it. I also love the darkened stonewashed look to the tools. It really changes the look of the knife completely.

I’m really glad that I was able to grab one of the knives in the first batch. It will definitely not be my last. You can check out more of his work on his website here, and his Instagram here.

Thanks for looking!

Ursa Minor & Old Cross

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I bought this older Pioneer online recently with the old style cross on it. It was a little beat up, but after a good cleaning, oiling and sharpening, it ended up being in very good condition. I Really like the look of the old style cross on the red Alox scales. These were produced up until 1999 and have brass liners.

Paired with it is my Ursa Minor by Kizer Cutlery. You can read more about this knife in one of my previous posts if you’d like my thoughts/review.

As always, thanks for looking!

Fortis & Compact

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Here’s a shot I took the other day of my Fortis by Viper Knives and my Victorinox Compact sitting on a handkerchief from Cranky Hanky Co.

The Fortis is still one of my favorite knives in my collection (I try not to say that about every knife that I own..) and it’s probably one of the most photogenic knives I have. The slim profile and smooth action makes this knife a steal for the price.

The compact has become one of my favorite models, and I have been thinking about getting another one in a different color. Maybe I’ll find one or two on my upcoming trip to Switzerland..

Thanks for looking!

Custom Victorinox Spartan

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This awesome looking knife is the Spartan by Victorinox with custom textured brass scales. This knife was customized by Robert Lessard (take a look at his website here). Robert makes some incredible custom swiss army knives. He may be the best SAK modifier out there in my opinion.

I have several Spartans, and even though it may not be my favorite Swiss Army Knife model, it is probably the most widely known and used. The Spartan is the model that kind of “commercialized” the Swiss Army Knife to the world. Whether you’re in the office all day, or spending time camping outdoors, the variety of tools on this model make it useful for everyone.

The Spartan features a large blade, a smaller blade, a can opener with a small screwdriver, a bottle opener with a larger screwdriver, a reamer/punch, a corkscrew, tweezers, and  a toothpick. (This custom version only has tweezers on the opposite side)

Log & Jotter

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This picture features the Pioneer by Victorinox, a copper flashlight by Maratac, a Fisher space pen, handkerchief by Cranky Hanky Co, and a notebook from Log & Jotter.

Log & Jotter is a new notebook subscription service that sends a new notebook to you once a month. The color/design changes each month, and you can choose between a graph paper, a dotted graph paper, or a blank paper. You can also choose between a classic cover, a cover with a graphic design on it, or both.

I really like the concept that these guys have created here. I use pocket sized notebooks daily for work, and having a new one mailed to me every month without thinking about it will be great. They have also added a few features inside the notebook like a calendar for the current and next month of that notebook.

If you’d like to find out more about their subscription notebooks and would like to help support their small business, just follow the link above to their site.

EDC Caddy

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The EDC Caddy by Hitch & Timber is a great little “pocket organizer”. It’s handmade with quality materials, and you couldn’t ask for better customer service. It will hold a small Swiss Army Knife (I use it with my cadets), a small AAA flashlight or pen, and it has 2 slots for cash and some cards. The second card slot is in the back and not visible in the picture. I’ve found myself using this wallet more when I wear shorts, just because I have limited pockets and this really combines everything into one easy to carry item.

The Viper Odino designed by Jesper Voxnaes is one of my all time favorites. I featured it in one of my first posts where you’ll find a little more detail about this awesome knife.

Also featured in a previous post is my plaid handkerchief by Cranky Hanky Co. I can’t say enough about how great the quality and customer service is from them.
Inside of the caddy is a Victorinox Cadet knife, and a Lumintop Worm AAA flashlight. The worm really is a great little light for the price.

F3 II / Olight S1A

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This combo features the F3 II by Boker, and the Olight S1A.

The Boker F3 II is the smaller version of the F3, both designed by Jesper Voxnaes. The F3 II is a much more carry-friendly option while keeping the design and functionality of the larger F3. The materials are also the same as the larger version (CMP-S35VN blade and titanium handles). The blade is right at 3”, only .25” shorter than the F3. The big difference is in the handle and weight of the knife. The handle measures 4” and 4.37oz, but the F3 comes in at 4.75” and 6.55oz. This really reduces the “bulk” some may feel with the F3, without sacrificing much of the blade size and length.

The clip and backspacer are anodized a nice blue color from the factory. I generally don’t do lanyard beads, but this set by Grumpy’s EDC just matched too perfectly to not add to this knife.

The Olight S1A is an awesome EDC light. It is powered by 1 AA battery, or a rechargeable 14500 battery. This is the stainless steel limited edition which comes in copper as well. The regular S1A will come in a anodized aluminium like the majority of lights from Olight.

The S1A has a max beam distance of 387’ and 4 brightness settings – .5, 5, 50, and 220 lumens, which is pretty impressive for a single AA battery. Even more impressive is the “turbo” mode that blasts 600 lumens for one minute with a 14500 rechargeable battery. Not bad for a light measuring just over 3”..