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”..

Swiss Army Compact

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This EDC features a Victorinox Swiss Army Compact model, a Fisher Space Pen, the bi-fold wallet by Big Red Beard Combs, and a handkerchief from Cranky Hanky Co.

The Swiss Army Compact is a great model that fits it’s name well. It’s a 93mm model that features a blade, bottle and can opener/large screwdriver, scissors, a “parcel” hook with a file on the spine, and a corkscrew. This model also comes with tweezers, toothpick, a ball point pen, and a mini screwdriver that fits within the corkscrew. My compact does not have the ball point pen because it has the “silvertech” scales.

The Fisher Bullet Space Pen is a great little compact pen that fits just about anywhere. It is only 3.75” when closed (almost the size of the swiss army knife), but opens up to 5.25”, which is about the size of a standard pen. It is made of all brass with a black matte finish. Fisher claims the space pen can write in some extreme conditions including underwater, upside down, in zero gravity, and in temperatures ranging from -30F to 250F. I have not tried any of these personally, but I will take their word for it. The refills for Fisher space pens are relatively inexpensive, and are said to last 3 times as long as a normal pen.

The Big Red Bi-Fold Wallet is a great quality minimalist wallet. See my previous “Budget EDC” post for more information on this wallet.

Maroon Handkerchief from Cranky Hanky Co. Just another one of my many handkerchiefs from Car at Cranky Hanky. Always great quality products and customer service!

Victorinox & Vox 2.0

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This combo features the Boker F3 designed by Jesper Voxnaes, and the Pioneer Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox.

By now you may have noticed a trend in my collection.. I tend to like knives designed by Jesper and I’m slightly obsessed with Swiss Army knives. As far as I know, there is no such thing as Swiss Army Knives Anonymous. So until I can get the help I need, I’m just going to keep collecting.

The F3 by Boker is a beast of a knife. I’m usually not a huge fan of Boker knives, but the F3 and F3II were exceptions. The full sized version of the F3 is 8” overall (4.75” folded) and weighs 6.55oz. I have several knives in this size/weight range, but the F3 just feels bigger to me. I think the thickness of the blade and handle make the knife seem almost bulky. (If you like the design but not the size, I’d take a look at the slightly smaller F3II. I’m sure I will post a review the F3II here soon.)

The blade of the F3 is made from CMP-S35VN, and the handles are full titanium. There are a couple of other options for handle material if you do not want titanium. They also come in carbon fiber and black G-10. The clip and backspacer come anodized in a nice blue color, but I removed the anodizing to match the rest of the knife. The clip feels a little lightweight compared to the rest of the knife, but I haven’t had any issues with it. Overall, I think the F3 is a great value for the amount of knife that you get for the price.

The Pioneer by Victorinox gets a lot of pocket time for me. (I recently reviewed the Pioneer X, which is just a pioneer model with scissors. You can check out the review here.)

The Pioneer has the same tool configuration as the classic “Soldier” model which has been standard issue for the Swiss Military since 1891. This is one of those “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” kind of things. The knife features a large blade, a bottle opener/large screwdriver, a can opener/small screwdriver, and a reamer. This is a classic knife with a useful set of tools that will last forever.