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Fly-ready folders

Keep Calm Carry-Ons: 5 Best TSA-Approved Pocket Knives

Many of us remember the days of over-zealous and hyper-vigilant guardians of flight security; I’ve had children’s safety scissors, nail clippers (sans nail file), and three wooden toy swords (gifts for my sons) turned away in the name of national security. Being a serving member of the military didn’t help, even on the occasion when I was flying with both a service rifle and pistol on a contract aircraft.

The lifting of the Transportation Security Agency’s prohibition on knives brings both a boon for your every day carry (EDC) and a challenge in deciding on a folding knife that meets the TSA’s parameters. Wading into travel regulations and the many suitable sharp options on the market, we’ve picked five knives (plus a bonus) that will both get the odd job done and actually make it onto a plane.

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Pocket protection

Wenger RangerGrip 90

The latest addition to Wenger’s line of ergonomically-handled utility blades the RangerGrip 90 is all about the grip. Sporting a rubber grip insert within a high-visibility yellow recyclable handle, the 90 is ideal for sweaty palms in hot or tense conditions or stiff fingers in cold ones. The thickness of the four-layer multi-tool also gives…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A Smorgasbord of Highly Honed Goodies

Columbia River Knife & Tool – CRKT

Every man needs a knife. Or ten. Either way, the necessity of a handy blade is a concept that I’m willing to stand by. Just like the men they serve, knives come in a plethora of shapes, sizes, and special purposes. That’s why I’m such a fan of CRKT and the exceptional knives and tools…

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Spyderco ByrdRench PlainEdge

We see a lot of interesting outdoor gear at GP. One of the few reoccurring items we come across are multi-tools which proliferate with each passing day. Enter the Byrdrench. A cutting edge industrial looking multi-tool with a bonafide pocket knife. There are far too many tools and features on the ByrdRench so click-thru to…

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Leatherman TTi Charge

The TTi supplants the XTi as Leatherman’s top-of-the-line multitool. Not only is the TTi .10 ounces lighter than the XTi, but it also packs an S30V stainless steel knife that delivers an optimal combination of edge retention, flexibility, and hardness. This is an upgrade from the XTi’s 154CM steel knife, which previously was the highest…