Knives & Multitools

The Darkness, Everybody

Gerber Mini Covert Automatic

When it comes to your every day carry, the choices for the ideal pocketknife are endless. However, if you’re looking an EDC with a sleek all-black tactical edge, consider the Gerber Mini Covert Automatic ($125). Featuring a black lightweight hard anodized aluminum handle and a S30V partially serrated stainless steel blade, the Mini Covert is...

Lite, Light Bright

Brite Strike EPLI

First things first, EPLI stands for Executive Precision Lighting Instrument ($60) and though we’re ambivalent on the government issue acronym, we do like what it offers: a slim form factor tactical light. Made from requisite high-grade aircraft aluminum with a military spec graphite anodized finish, the EPLI uses two AAA batteries to power its dazzling...

Dress for the best, and worst.

Exuvius Titanium Multi Tool Collar Stay

The Exuvius Titanium Multi Tool Collar Stay ($30) is the type of product we’d imagine James Bond and Macgyver dreaming up over a few brews. Their familiar collar-stay shape has been augmented to help handy dandies open bottles, loosen screws, or cut pesky stray threads in a pinch. Naturally, their solid titanium construction is also...

Your Pockets Will Thank You

Baladeo Super Lightweight Knives

Paul Hogan has his reservations about the value of a pocketable knife, but as our everyday carry series hints, we’re more secure in our masculinity. That’s why these super lightweight knives from Baladeo intrigue us. Sold in three different weights of 34, 22, and 15 grams (that’s 0.5 ounces), they won’t field dress a full-sized...

Triple-barrel lightgun

Fenix TK45 Flashlight

When one bulb won’t cut it and two bulbs just aren’t enough, the Fenix TK45 ($128) uses a trio of LED’s to deliver headlight-levels of lighting — assuring the total illumination of whatever lies ahead. Perfect for your next spelunking expedition, or just a trip to the fusebox, the 760 lumen TK45 operates off 8...

Light, but not on functionality

Wrex Titanium Pocket Adjustable Wrench

Weighing just 2.9 oz, the WREX Titanium Pocket Adjustable Wrench ($179) offers robust multitool capabilities in a lithe package. Machined from high-grade titanium, the WREX’s svelte 0.25″ width body packs a trigger-lock adjustable wrench, titanium coated blade, wire stripping hole, hex bit driver, double-ended driver bit, and bottle opener. A perfect addition to your everyday...

Stayin' Alive

Item of the Week: SOL Origin Survival Kit (Sponsored)

Surviving at the office typically entails being the first to the coffee pot, but for those who venture outside of cubicle land, making it through the day can be far more serious. We’ll always be firm believers in the utility of survival kits, and have even offered suggestions on what we keep in ours, but...

Bite Lights

Titanium Peanut & Split Pea Lighters

The Split Pea and Peanut Lighters have gone through several iterations. Made exclusively for County Comm, the latest versions are made of 6AL4V series titanium that’s also available in custom colors. If you’re not familiar with these handy fire sources, the Peanut Lighter measures a mere .5″ x 1.3″ and weighs 19.9 grams — making...

Fixedated

VoxMate Knife

With its small 2.5″ blade, the VoxMate (€320) is small enough for an everyday carry yet it exudes more character than most fixed blade knives we’ve come across. It’s purposefully built with premium powder metallurgy RWL34 steel, designed to provide gobs of functionality and looks tremendous. Blame it on the herald marks of one-man-operation Vox...

Just the thicket

Gerber Gator Machete Pro

If the original Gerber machete hasn’t sufficed your jungle-swathing needs, Gerber has answered your roar with the new Gator Machete Pro (available soon). The Pro is a multi-purpose implement that works as an axe, brush thinner, knife, machete, or garage-talk conversation piece. It features a 10.5″ blade made of corrosion resistant steel, slip-resistant Gator Grip,...

Over-engineered. Enough Said.

Benchmade 755 MPR

Knowing that titanium is used extensively in this knife, the first surprise one encounters with the Benchmade 755 MPR ($235) is its weight. That is until you notice how incredibly thick the M390 super steel blade (a whopping .164”) and similarly sized blades (.1”) are. If you’re not up to snuff with your steel grades...

Neat and Cheap

Columbia River Knife and Tool Zilla-Tool Jr.

The Zilla-Tool Jr. ($24) is a pocket-sized 5.25 inch performer. Featuring a black-on-black non-reflective tactical finish, it can transform into a variety of handy tools such as: spring loaded pliers, wire cutters, a hex screwdriver, wire stripper, or most importantly, a bottle opener. Also what multi-tool would be complete with a basic flip-out 2.25-inch steel...

Foursomes, Coleman Style

Coleman Micro Quad Lantern

The Coleman Micro Quad Lantern ($36) is a creative product that spares you expense of buying four separate flashlights (though long time readers should know we’re of the opinion you can never own too many). It includes four light pods that function as emergency hand-held lights or together act like a 360-degree lantern when combined...

A Gorilla That's Too Bright To Ignore

Joby Gorrillatorch Blade

Flashlights are great for dark environments as along as you’re willing to hold them. Headlamps free up your hands, but require that keep your noggin focused at the task ahead (literally). Lanterns are perfect for brightening up an area, but directing their light is akin to herding cats. But Joby’s Gorillatorch Blade ($60) is one...

Light, Bright

Surefire E2D LED Defender Flashlight

Why is it that most men tend to scrimp on gear for personal safety? Consider the flashlight you (hopefully) have at home or in your car. You’re lucky if the battery is still good, and even if so, it probably won’t generate enough lumens for you to see much in the dark. The E2D LED...

That's a Knife

Gerber Gator Machete

Plan on blazing trails or just cleaning up the yard anytime soon? Then consider packing the Gerber Gator Machete ($19). Measuring 25.7 inches long and weighing a light 18oz, it’s slightly bigger than that Swiss Army on your key chain. Overall the business parts amount to a 15 inch fine edge blade on one side,...

Throw. Roar. Repeat.

SOG Battle Axe

Multitools are great, and SOG has done a damn fine job of proving to us that their tools are high-caliber, but sometimes you just want something big, burly, and chuckable. What better way to inspire your inner-Viking than unsheathing and ferociously hurling a battle axe at a target, prey, or zombie? No, not in Gauntlet....

Pocket Handyman

Leatherman Blast

There are times you just need one tool for the job. There are times you need sixteen. Either way, the Leatherman Blast ($37) gets the job done without asking why you need that superfluous small bit driver to simply open a bottle of your favorite brew (… you never know). There will, however, be a...

Just Add Water

Gerber Rivermate

The only thing that mixes worse than Lindsey Lohan and alcohol is water and rope. Anyone who has ever paddled a boat can attest to the fact that a seemingly docile line floating in an inch or two of water at the bottom of your raft can become a veryserious problem if you take a...

Made for a Man Who Knows No Limits

Wenger Mike Horn Ranger Knife

The first question you might have about this knife is who the hell is Mike Horn? In a nutshell, Mike Horn is a certified badass from South Africa. The second question you might have is, what certifies Mike Horn as a badass?

A Lightweight Headlamp at an Unbeatable Price

Petzl Tikka Plus 2 E97 PM Headlamp

I recently decided to ditch the use of flashlights entirely in my life, in favor of a solid headlamp. After all, what can a flashlight do that a headlamp can’t (aside from not sticking tenaciously to your noggin, of course)? After researching the best model for my need, which include camping, hiking, and late night...

No Less Than Nineteen, Thanks

CrankBrothers Multi-19 Bicycle Tool

Your multi-tool may cut it for your camping trips, but when it comes to biking you need specific tools for trail-side repairs. CrankBrothers hear’s you. Their Multi-19 Bicycle Tool is a savior (which this author can attest to) many times when the chain, gear, fork, or one of the other dozen bike parts decides to...

Into the Wild, Prepared

Ultimate Survival Technologies Camping/Hiking Deluxe Tool Kit

You’ve got to love a good kit, especially when it comes from Ultimate Survival Technologies. Their Deluxe Camping/Hiking Survival Kit ($67) is small, but packed with survival essentials in case your casual weekend hike turns into a 30 day race to survive… or worse. It’s perfect for campers, hikers, or outdoors bound excursions and sized...

The Gentleman's Pocket Knife

Benchmade 3150 Impel

Benchmade‘s new 3150 Impel knife only furthers our affinity for the company’s fine blades. Built to be a gentleman’s pocket knife, the Impel is clean and simple. It only comes with a clip point plain edge blade, available in steel or black-coated, and has an aluminum handle featuring G10 scales for grip. Its handle is...

MacGyver in Your Pocket

Gerber Crucial Tool

Though the same can’t be said of me, my father has always been a consummate knife connoisseur. He has constantly preached to me about Gerber knives and the quality that backs them. Upon handling their Crucial multitool for a few minutes, I saw the light (that was reflecting off the blade).

Built With and For the LAPD

Pelican 7060 LED Flashlight

A great collaboration can often result in some fantastic products. The Los Angeles Police Department, a crew that uses their fair share of flashlights and Pelican Products have jointly developed the Pelica 7060 LED Flashlight. Tested with over 100+ officers over a two year span, the 7060 is designed to be the standard issue tactical/patrol...

Sharp. Looking. Knife.

Cold Steel Recon 1 Folder

A pocket without a knife is like a pie sans the filling. It’s just empty and useless. We’ll give you a pass if you are wearing suit pants, but eventually you are going to dress down and fall back into the need to keep a useful implement on your person. That’s why we want to...

The Absolutely Anywhere Hands-Free Light

Joby Gorillatorch

A while back, we alerted the photo-minded among you to the handy-dandy Joby Gorillapod, a line of flexible tripods. Now, seeing an alternate application for their knobby-legged creations, Joby has unleashed the Gorillatorch, an adjustable tripod flashlight that’s suitable for just about any illumination need you can think up. Its adjustable CREE LED offers output...

Your Head As A Beacon

Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp

Head lamps have come a long way since we were on our last scouting trip. No longer do you need to have a glorified Mag Lite strapped to your head, bobbing around and weighing your head down. Petzl’s new Tikka Plus 2 has opened our eyes and become quite a convenient piece of gear to...

Charges in 90 Seconds. That is all.

5.11 Tactical Light for Life

The flashlight is truly a man’s tool. Wielding in one’s hand the power to bring forth light from the darkness is both awe-inspiring and downright handy. Of course, we are fans of all types of torches, but offerings are sometimes similar. To date, most all flashlights have been powered by batteries of the disposable or...

Up Close & Personal

Bushnell Spectator Permafocus Binoculars

When it comes to focusing, no piece of gear you purchase is faster and perceptively more accurate than your own two eyes. Of course, unless that product is permanently in focus. Bushnell has utilized that exact maxim with the development of their Permafocus binoculars. A line of binoculars specifically geared for nature observation and sporting...

One Hot Blade

CRKT Ignitor

We’ve shared some of our favorites from the good folks at Columbia River Knife & Tool before, and here is another fine example of their handiwork. The new Ignitor is a perfect little tech-folder, as stout as it is sharp. The Ignitor features a 3.38″ modified drop point, hollow grid blade in premium 8Cr14MoV stainless...

Taking the Strain Out of Straining

OXO Good Grips Silicone Cooking Colander

Transferring massive pots of boiling water and their cooked contents from stove to sink is one maneuver most cooks never look forward to. It’s dangerous, heavy, and an overall pain in the ass. For those with access to full-sized kitchens and a dual-sink setup, using integrated pot strainers is one way to avoid the situation...

The Axe George Washington Would Have Used, In 2009

Best Made Company Axes

The duo behind Best Made Company (designer and author Peter Buchanan-Smith, and outdoorsman and environmental entrepreneur Graeme Cameron) aim to make you rethink the value of a quality axe. The two are men with accomplishments and experiences befitting of men you’d trust to construct a quality axe: building hand-hewn log cabins, winning Grammy awards, rugby,...

Peerless Pinching Power

SOG PowerAssist

We’ve already taken the opportunity to introduce you to a few of SOG’s outstanding blade offerings. Now we’d like you to meet one of their more versatile products, the PowerAssist multitool. To be clear, SOG offers a bevy of useful pocket powerhouses in their multipurpose tool line. The PowerAssist represents a great smattering of useful...

Pocket Friendly Problem Solver

Gerber Crucial Multitool

By Gear Patrol Reader Matt Alan Admittedly, I’m one of those knife and pocket-tool junkies. Now, I don’t walk around with a fanny pack or a bunch of crap clipped to my belt, just a trusty knife or multitool (or two) in my pocket. Although I probably don’t really “need” one on my person at...

Tactical Meets Practical

SOG Specialty Knives

The knife is an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. This is certainly true, but a man’s knife is so much more. The honed expression of the simplest machines, a good knife is an ever-ready and infinitely handy companion. Here at Gear Patrol, we believe that a knife can be equal parts evocative and...

Toolnologic

Swiss+Tech Utili-Key XT 8-In-1

Empower your keys with the Swiss+Tech Utili-Key XT 8-In-1. No, not like Val Kilmer a la, The Saint. It’s a veritable Swiss Army knife in a key sized/shaped tool. The Utili-Key XT has an a eyeglass screwdriver, flat & Phillips head screwdrivers, serrated & straight knife blades, wire cutter, nail cleaner/file, wire cutter, wire stripper,...

"Now this is a Knife"

Benchmade Mini-Barrage and ComboEdge Sharpener Kit

In a recent post, my compadre Dusty touched on how every man needs a knife (or ten). I could not agree more. Try carrying one for a week, and I’d wager you won’t want to stop. Whether you’re looking for a first knife or just another knife in your quest for ten, Benchmade is a fantastic...

Brilliant!

Inova XO3 Flashlight

“Yeah, it’s tactical, Matte black, overbuilt, and expensive.” That sums up the Inova XO3 pretty damn well. Well, all except one thing. Inova has been kind enough to skip the expensive part. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, this sucker is shockproof, crushproof, and water-resistant. It has a 5.8 watt LED which, coupled with...

For the Rambo In All Of Us

KA-Bar Becker TacTool

The new Becker TacTool, from knife maker KA-Bar, is a pretty straightforward device. Made of 1/4″ 1095 Cro-Van steel, it’s a pry bar that “smashes, bashes, prys, hammers and cuts,” multitasking with the sort of aplomb usually reserved for skilled soccer moms. One heft of the TacTool and you won’t doubt its ability to fulfill...

Refurb Those Trusty Old Maglite Flashlights

TerraLUX LED Light Bulb Upgrade

Many of you Gear Patrol readers probably have an incandescent version of a Maglite, but since the LED flashlight revolution has taken hold, it has most likely been banished to the back of a drawer, or maybe put into service as a gate-weight. Yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel…

Man make fire. Gwaarrrg!

Tool Logic SL Pro 2

You might call us latter day Boy Scouts, but we at Gear Patrol have been riffing on a certain theme of late: Be Prepared. It’s just that you never know in what situation you might find yourself, and, when the unexpected strikes, a man wants to be able to be decisive and take charge, knowing...

A Bright Idea

Altus Lumen PAD-L LED light

It’s ironic that when most people go into the wilderness, they don’t think much about the environmental impact of the gear they use. Well, the engineers at Altus Lumen have thought about it. A lot. They say that this, the PAD-L, is the world’s first sustainable portable LED light. While that claim didn’t surprise me...