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.

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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!

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.