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Best Tech Tool – Leatherman Tread Adapter

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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The Leatherman Tread is a 25-piece bracelet-style multitool. In addition to a stand-alone model, Leatherman also released a version called the Tread QM1, which features a Swiss timepiece. Best Tech Tool decided to expand upon this concept by releasing the BTT Adapter, which allows users to connect virtually any timepiece to the Leatherman Tread. Best Tech Tool created an adapter for standard timepieces, along with one for G-Shock watches, and one for the Apple Watch.

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Covert Operations Gear – Low-Profile EDC Bag

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Covert Operations Gear (COG) Low-Profile EDC Bag is an ambidextrous modular carry system that includes two swappable velcro hook-backed EDC platforms/panels that can be mounted to the bag’s main body. The sling can be worn slung over either shoulder. Bartacked color-matching PALS webbing runs the length of the sling’s shoulder, allowing users to weave in comms wires, battery pack cables, etc. The sling also includes a double-flap pocket made from stitch-weave twill fabric that will accommodate most smart phones and tourniquets.

The bag’s main body has a flap with a hidden exterior zippered compartment. One cool feature of the the Low-Profile EDC bag are the two magnetic Fidlock buckles on the main body’s flap which snap together as soon as the two halves are in close proximity.

• The EDC Pocket Platform has several open-top compartments in various widths to accommodate small items such as pens, knives, flashlights, notepads, multi-tools, and medical/IFAK items. This pocket platform also has two (2) zippered compartments, the smaller of which includes an HK style sling snap hook for attaching keys and/or electronic key FOBs. The larger zipper compartment is lined with soft foam material and is designed to accommodate many popular tablets. An iPad mini will fit in the pocket and can be zipped closed; a full-size iPad will fit, however the zipper must remain open.

• The EDC Weapon Platform is velcro loop lined and is sized to accommodate a variety of handguns, from sub-compacts to full-sized handguns, with or without a weapon light. The EDC Weapon Platform is ambidextrous, with left and right-hand-zippered openings, allowing compartment access from either side, and is lined with velcro loop for the user to mount an appropriate velcro hook-backed holster. Proven Leather and Kydex holsters are generally compatible. The user may install a strip of adhesive backed velcro hook (not included) onto one side of the holster and affix the holster inside the weapon compartment. The Weapon Platform also features its own exterior-zippered pocket and a row of MOLLE to attach miscellaneous gear or a tourniquet.

Available in Covert Grey or MultiCam. made in USA by Grey Ghost Gear for COG.

The Low-Profile EDC Bag will be available at retailers this December. To get on a preorder list, send an email to:
sales@cog-usa.com

Gerber Center Drive

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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This is the Gerber Center Drive, a brand-new made-in-the-USA multitool that’s launching today, and Gerber sent us a pre-production model a few days ahead of the launch to check it out.

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The Center Drive is manufactured from stainless steel, and features 14 individual tools within its frame.

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The pliers are spring loaded, and are released upward via a side-mounted sliding button, purposely designed for one-thumb activation, rather than the swing open design on traditional multitools.

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The pliers consist of a needle nose point with a standard center, as well as rotatable carbide wire cutters and a wire stripper.

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The main blade on the Center Drive is a 3.25″ fine edge blade. According to Gerber, this blade is “30% larger than the competition”; press materials use the main blade on the Leatherman OHT for the size comparison. The blade also locks into place when fully extended via a tension lockbar.

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The opposite arm of the Center Drive features the following tools:

  • Pry bar
  • Nail puller
  • Bottle opener
  • Serrated Blade
  • Awl
  • Fine & course sided file
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    These tools lock into place when fully extended and can be retracted by using a thumb-break slide release on the opposite side of the arm, which also incorporates a lanyard hole. The arm opposite this one features both a 3″ ruler as well as an 8cm ruler.

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    Easily the most impressive feature of the Center Drive is the tool of its namesake, the full-size center axis driver. Unlike traditional multitools, which typically feature a lower profile driver, the Center Drive’s driver juts out of the tool’s frame 3.25″ and curves inward towards the center axis, allowing for improved torque and rotation. The center axis driver features a magnetic attachment head, which supports any number of standard bits. Like the blade, the center axis driver locks into place via a tension lockbar.

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    The Center Drive also features this bit storage slot which snaps into place within the frame and rotates outward, allowing quick access to a second bit. By default, it comes with a flat head bit already inserted.

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    The Center Drive comes with a 12-bit kit, in addition to the Phillip’s head and flat head bits that are already included with the tool. It also comes complete with a nylon and elastic sheath which accommodates both the Center Drive and the bit set. The sheath can be mounted by the rear to a belt either vertically or horizontally via its rear straps.

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    By Gerber’s own admission, unlike the Center Drive itself, both the bit set and pouch are made in China. Regardless, the tool itself is USA-made, and it has a host of great features that should make for an excellent option for EDC or just a functional backup tool.

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    You can read the official release from Gerber by clicking the link below

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    GRIPsher – The Formidable Compact Multi-Tool On Kickstarter

    Thursday, October 13th, 2016

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    The GRIPsher is a compact multitool “dreamt up by an Army Veteran, refined by an MIT engineer, and brought to life with common sense”. The creators of GRIPsher have designed the tool with a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Phillips head and flat head drivers
  • Material thickness gauge
  • Adjustable hex bolt wrench
  • Heavy duty knife
  • Perhaps the most interesting feature of the GRIPsher is the glow-in-the-dark jaws on the bottom of the tool. Dubbed the HEXGRIP system, the jaws serve as a fully adjustable way to secure hex nuts, bolts, and bits.

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    Additionally, the GRIPsher team is hosting a special program called Tools For Troops. For every GRIPsher black model supported, a version of the GRIPsher with black HEXGRIP jaws will be donated to a military service member; this is the only way to get a GRIPsher with black jaws.

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/outstech/gripsher-the-formidable-compact-multi-tool

    THIK – EvadeClip Available For Pre-Order

    Thursday, June 9th, 2016

    The folks over at Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key have developed what they call the EvadeClip, intended as an all-in-one solution for escape, evasion, and survival in an urban environment. The EvadeClip features an integrated clip for attachment to one’s person, and consists of a stainless steel mini saw, carbide grit rod saw, and stainless steel 3-piece lock pick set.

    tihk.co/products/evadeclip

    Prometheus Design Werx – Enhanced Dog Tag Tool With Strikeback

    Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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    Dog Tag Sized Pocket Multi­Tool with Ferro Rod Striker

    PDW’s popular dog tag sized pocket tool returns in a second variation with an expanded field craft capability and made in S35VN. This variation features their proprietary Strikeback™ tool function which is designed to strike ferrocerium rods to create a shower of sparks in fire making. This pocket tool is as versatile as it could be with the available real estate of a dog tag profile. This Dog Tag Tool variant features PDW’s proprietary “universal” wrench which fits both standard and metric hardware, a low profile bottle cap lifter, ¼” bit driver, battery bay driver, Strikeback™, crisp precise CNC mill work, jimping, and a durable multi­stage industrial finish. The PDW Enhanced Dog Tag Tool with Strikeback™ is a feature rich compact pocket tool for EDC and the field.

    The Enhanced Dog Tag Tool with Strikeback™ uses the premium blade alloy of S35VN. It also includes a MILSPEC stainless steel ball chain so the tool can be worn around the neck. The key ring hole allows use with a split ring and attached to a key ring or lanyard. The Enhanced Dog Tag Tool with Strikeback™ will be an evergreen product for Prometheus Design Werx.

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    The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

    “When we set out to create and design our first pocket tool, we focused on a size and silhouette that most of us recognized in America, the US Military Dog Tag. Not only is this a familiar profile, but from a design perspective it already met some basic criteria for compactness (dimensions and size) relative to usability, i.e. ergonomics. We then proceeded to create the design and functional requirements of all that could be fit within these dimensions. We pursued a higher standard in manufacturing by precision milling this pocket tool instead of taking mass production shortcuts of stamping and heavy tumbling. Our outcome is far more refined, crisp, and precise. The addition of our proprietary Strikeback™ tool was a logical progression in the additional functionality for this
    pocket tool. Our choice of S35VN was a decision of using one of the finest stainless blade alloys
    currently available. Small, and discreet, this stands tall when it comes to function, features and is indispensable when you need it.”

    The PDW Enhanced Dog Tag Tool with Strikeback will be available for purchase on Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 1300 PST via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.

    ZeroBravo Alpha Belt

    Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

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    Made in the USA.

    What does that mean to you? To some manufacturers it means buying materials or extrusions overseas and finish machining parts in the US, or even having parts made overseas and assembling them in the US.

    To ZeroBravo it means sourcing materials that are made in the US and then using those materials to make the best products money can buy! Only when a US made option is not available will we look elsewhere, as is the case with the Austrian made AustriAlpin buckles. All sewing and materials are Berry Compliant and the Dark Coyote Brown conforms to AR670-1.

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    If you are buying a product that your life depends on – or simply want to have the best. The solution is simple. Made By – Made For.

    The Alpha Belt by ZeroBravo is quite simply the ultimate EDC Belt. This slim and lightweight belt features ventilated, antimicrobial, moisture wicking mesh material, rolled and sewn edges for additional comfort, and DuraGrip Hook Pile Tape for durability and strength. Scuba webbing is wrapped between the layers of Type 27 and Type 17 nylon to provide additional rigidity to effortlessly support your EDC gear and features a 1″ Cobra FM buckle from AustriAlpin. Backed by our limited lifetime warranty and made in the USA. We are certain that the Alpha Belt will be the most comfortable belt you’ve ever worn!

    ZeroBravo.com

    TIHK – Urban SlimTool

    Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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    The creators of the Tiny Inconspicious Handcuff Key have just released a new product, the Urban SlimTool, a credit card-sized survival pocket tool which is made of laser cut stainless steel. The Urban SlimTool comes with a 4-piece lockpick set, integrated universal door jam shim, and 10 different wrench sizes.

    tihk.co/collections/urban-survival-gear/products/urban-slimtool-credit-card-size-pocket-tool