Boker F3II Makeover

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I recently got my Boker F3II back from a major overhaul, and I love how it turned out.

The titanium scales have been anodized a dark maroon/purple color (it’s so hard to capture it on camera) and finished with a stone-wash. The backspacer and clip were  anodized blue from the factory, but both have been sandblasted to remove the color and stone-washed.

The blade has been acid etched and stone-washed to give it a darker finish (it was a clean satin finish before). The blade was then sharpened to a mirror polished edge, and this thing is SHARP.

I’ve posted a few pictures here of the F3II in the past if you’d like to go back and see a “before” of what it used to look like. I love the larger F3, but this smaller version is just so much easier to carry. I think the changes really make this knife stand out, and give a nice custom feel to it.  

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10/19/2017

IMG_0023This shot features the GM1 from Giant Mouse Knives, a Victorinox Cadet inside of a leather slip by Hitch & Timber, and a handkerchief from American Handkerchief.

I did a full post a while back on the GM1. I won’t go into too much detail here, but you can read the previous post if you’d like to know more about this knife. The GM1 was a bit of a challenge for me to find, but I’m extremely happy that I found one. It’s an absolute workhorse of a knife, and pretty easy on the eyes as well..

The Victorinox Cadet pictured above is the 2015 limited edition blue color. It’s in a leather cadet carrier by Hitch & Timber. If I don’t have a pocket clip attached to my swiss army knife that i’m carrying, it’s in this leather sleeve.

I have two handkerchiefs from American Handkerchief. They’re simple, made from quality material, and just the right thickness. This one is “The Original” in navy.

10/6/2017

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I really like the simplicity of this shot. Just 3 solid items, nothing fancy.

Here’s what we’ve got –

Odino by Viper Knives – Designed by Jesper Voxnaes. I’ve featured this knife several times before. This is one of my all time favorites. Great knife for a great price.

Nomex Handkerchief by Recycled Firefighter – I have several items from Jake at Recycled Firefighter. He makes awesome products designed to last from recycled materials. This handkerchief is made from Nomex/Kevlar woven fabric and it’s super soft. It’s a bit on the larger side measuring 11”x11”, but  I really love this thing.

Leather Bifold Wallet by Saddleback Leather – This is just a great wallet made from high quality materials that you would expect from Saddleback.

CRKT Batum

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I just got the CRKT Batum (large version) and this thing is a TANK. I had the compact Batum, and liked it so much I thought I’d get the big brother. The Batum and Batum compact are designed by Jesper Voxnaes.

My first impression of the Batum was “man, this thing is heavy”. Like pull your shorts down heavy (if you’re not wearing a belt, of course).  Because of the weight, the action on this knife is much smoother out of the box than you would find on most CRKT knives.

The blade is made from 8Cr13MoV and measures just over 3”. It weighs in at 7oz. To give you a comparison, the Boker F3 only weighs 6.55oz. The handle is made from stainless steel and black G-10.

The handkerchief pictured is from Hitch & Timber, though I believe they are sold out and I’m not sure when they will have more.

The bottle opener/pocket tool is the Culprit by Koch Tools. Justin makes awesome tools and knives in very limited runs, so they tend to be quite elusive. You can check out his work on his website in the link above.

As always, thanks for looking!

9/1/2017

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Nothing new in this shot, but a great combo nonetheless.

Here’s what we have –

The Hitch & Timber card caddy with the Cadet by Victorinox and a copper aaa flashlight by Maratac. There are plenty of times where this is the only thing I carry. I have people asking me all the time about this wallet when they see it, but this is definitely not your typical wallet..

CRKT Pilar, designed by Jesper Voxnaes. The scales on this Pilar have been acid etched and darkened to give it more of a contrast. I’ve featured this knife in a previous post, but I don’t think the blade was out. This shot gives you a much better view to see just how much of a difference the acid wash made.   

Handkerchief by American Handkerchief. This is a nice, clean, classic handkerchief that has a good feel and great size to it. The one pictured above is the “Original”. They do offer many different colors and patterns for those of you that like a little more flare.

GM1

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I haven’t posted in a bit, but I had to show off my newest edition.. This is the GM1 by GiantMouse Knives.

GiantMouse knives are designed by Danish knife makers Jesper Voxnaes and Jens Ansø, and are limited to 400 pieces per model. 300 are a “standard version”, while the other 100 are a special version of the same design. You can read more about their backstory on their website in the link above.

I have been kicking myself since the day the GM1 sold out, because I had multiple opportunities to purchase one online from the GiantMouse website. For whatever reason (being too cheap, I imagine) I passed on getting one of these incredible knives. I’ve been on the hunt ever since. Normally, by the time I found one for sale, it was long gone. I just happened to be talking to someone who had been thinking about selling his, and he made me a great deal for this one.

Fortunately, this GM1 was in almost perfect condition, so it was like getting a new one from GiantMouse themselves. Here is a bit more about the knife –

The blade is 3.3” long and made from N609 steel. The handle is titanium with blue anodized titanium clip, backspacer and pivot ring. It has a ball bearing pivot and the action is perfectly smooth. It has a pretty solid feel to it, weighing about 5.4oz.

GiantMouse has some awesome designs, but I can tell the GM1 is going to be a favorite of mine for a long time. If you are interested in the GM2 or GM3, they are both still available on their site at the time of this post.

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!