This Week In Gear, Episode 15
This Perfect Classic Defender Is Actually Brand-New From the Ground Up
In this episode of This Week In Gear: Will Sabel Courtney goes off-roading in a $125,000 Land Rover Defender, Will Price shows off Smithey Ironware’s new carbon steel skillet, Meg Lappe discusses Halo Sport 2 neuropriming headphones and our staff gets very hands-on with Bob Kramer’s latest knife.
Master bladesmith Bob Kramer has introduced the Shokunin, a “Nakiri vegetable slicer made with a combination of 15N20 and 1084 tool steel, hardened to 62 HRC.” Each is hand=sharpened by Kramer himself.
Defender by Himalaya
Himalaya, based in South Carolina, has earned its reputation building high-end resto-mod Defenders featuring far-from-stock features like powerful Corvette V8s and leather-swaddled cabins. But the company also makes more straightforward versions, packing traditional engines and interiors. This is one such vehicle, and we took it off-road.
Smithey Ironware Carbon Steel Farmhouse Skillet
Smithey’s Farmhouse Skillet is a low-walled, 12-inch skillet that’s equal parts art and cookware. The hand-forged, hand-hammered carbon steel pan was made with neighboring North Charleston blacksmith Robert Thomas.
Halo Sport 2
Specifically geared toward athletes, Halo Sport headphones make use of neuropriming science to directly influence your body’s behavior. During usage, Halo Sport sends a small electric current to a specific area of the brain that controls movement, theoretically developing muscle memory faster.
In last week’s episode: Will Sabel Courtney drives the limited-edition Jaguar XE SV Project 8; our staff’s first impressions of Sony’s ANC earbuds; Tanner Bowden shows off The North Face’s updated Banchee hiking backpack; Will Price uses the relatively affordable, full-service De’Longhi La Specialista espresso machine to pull a couple shots. Watch Now