May 6, 2019
Today In Gear: Kershaw’s Small-but-Mighty Folding Knife, How to Shop Vintage Marantz Hi-Fi Gear & More
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A pocket knife should be discrete, easily deployed and sturdy enough for any daily task. By that definition, the new Kershaw Launch 10 stands head and shoulders above many others.
At 5.2 inches open (3.2 inches closed), the Launch 10 ticks off the “tiny” box. It offers a push-button on the anodized aluminum handle to open the hawkbill-style blade quickly; the blade is made from CPM 154 steel, with angular planes on both the blade spine and handle. The curved shape of the blade and positioning of the razor-sharp tip provide superb pull-cutting capabilities. This makes it especially handy for a multitude of daily tasks, from opening boxes to cutting twine or loose threads, giving you a knife that’s deserving of everyday-carry status and useful to a fault.
Note: Owning and carrying an automatic knife isn’t legal in every state due to the Federal Switchblade Act. As such, Kershaw automatic knives are only sold through authorized Kershaw dealers.
New & Noteworthy Releases
Ford plants were working “massive overtime” to produce more Rangers to meet demand, but so far, early sales figures are anything but impressive.
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Get a stainless steel or DLC-coated steel dive watch with a matching bracelet and an automatic Seiko movement for just $350.
One of the most popular vintage-styled dive watches is now available as a handsome, serially produced chronograph in and bronze.
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Coway Mighty Air Purifier
Save $68: On the cusp of allergy season, a timely deal: the Coway Mighty air purifier is marked down $68 at Amazon.
Recommended by everyone from the Wirecutter to Home Air Guides, the Mighty boasts a four-stage filtration system, washable pre-filter and “eco mode.” It’s not ideal for big rooms — Coway recommends placing it in spaces no bigger than 361 square feet — but it’s the right choice for most bedrooms and city apartments. The Mighty is already significantly less expensive than the competition, and today its discounted below last year’s Prime Day price. — Will Price
Cheap Outdoor Furniture
Save 25-75%: No one would blame you for prioritizing indoor furniture to outdoor furniture when filling out a home. But, with warmer months fast approaching (or already here for some states), now is the moment to get at least something on the patio, porch or balcony.
That’s where Houzz’s Mid-Season Sale comes in, with a few thousand products marked down anywhere from 25 to 75 percent off. And while there are deals in nearly every furniture category, the markdowns on outdoor dining sets and weatherproof sofas and couches are the most noteworthy. The Mid-Season Sale will run until May 12. — Will Price
Snow Peak Collapsible Umbrella
Save 40%: It’s easy to leave your umbrella at home when your only option is a three-foot-long behemoth that doesn’t fit in your work bag. But any time an afternoon thunderstorm rolls into town, you probably find yourself wishing you’d brought it — or had bought one to keep in your office as well.
That’s the real joy of a compact and lightweight umbrella: you can drop it into your briefcase, backpack or messenger bag and forget it’s even in there (until the next mid-day storm, anyway). This specific model from Snow Peak — one of our favorite brands — measures only nine inches folded, weighs just under five ounces and is designed to collapse during heavy wind gusts rather than breaking or ripping, meaning it’ll get you through the season and many more to come. Best of all, it’s on sale at Nordstrom for just $34 today — that’s savings of more than 30 percent.
— Andy Frakes
Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
Save $20: Fitbit’s entry-level smartwatch, the Versa, is $20 off at Best Buy right now. The normally $200 smartwatch is a great option for anybody who doesn’t want to spend big on an Apple Watch, but still wants an easy way to track steps, calories burned, sleep and heart rate. Other than its looks — the Versa has a slim and lightweight design — a big selling point of this Fitbit smartwatch is its battery life; it can last several days, even if you wear it to bed. On the downside, the Versa doesn’t have a built-in GPS, meaning it’s not quite as capable a fitness tracker as other smartwatches.
Traska Freediver Watch
Save $50: With a 40mm stainless steel case, Seiko NH38A automatic movement, Super LuiNova lume, a 120-click unidirectional dive bezel and a sapphire crystal, the Traska Freediver is the perfect watch for summer, and best of all, you don’t have to allocate a month’s rent toward buying one. Right now, you can grab a Freediver in steel with a black sapphire bezel or in DLC-coated steel with a sapphire DLC bezel for just $350, or in steel with a stainless steel bezel for $375. — Oren Hartov
The Best Hiking Socks Are on Sale
Save 20% and Up: Hiking socks are vital yet often overlooked kit for walking in the woods and mountains. — Tanner Bowden
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