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New Bench Top Work Mat from PDW

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Specialized Work Mat for Craftsmen, Makers, DIYers, and Tinkerers

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The mat is made especially to keep your project organized and to prevent the loss of small items. Made from flexible food grade PVC, the mat features ten compartments that are perfect for working on knives, watches our any other DIY project you are tinkering with. (It definitely beats losing the spring bars of your watch into the carpet).

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The PDW Benchtop Work Mat is a thicker styled, negative relief work surface and measures 11” x 17” x 3?8” thick.

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The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“This workshop product we created was designed to address a need we routinely encountered. In particular when assembling and disassembling folding knives we wanted to have an isolated work surface to keep and organize small parts like machine screws, washers, back spacers, pocket clips to the larger parts like the handles and blade. Those neoprene mouse pad type work mats just didn’t do a good job keeping small parts organized or in many instances from rolling on to the floor. Our work mat has proven useful for many of our workshop to home tinkering tasks; from changing out spring bars on a watch, servicing a flashlight, and if you’re feeling really adventurous repairing your smartphone. You’re going to want at least 2. One for the kitchen table and one for the workshop/garage.”

The PDW Benchtop Work Mat will be available for purchase for $29.00 each, at 12 Noon PDT, Wed., 18APR18 via their website www.prometheusdesignwerx.com.

ThirdBlockGear – Mobile Security Kits

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

If you’re on the road all of the time, and you want to protect your information from prying eyes, this is something you need to take a serious look at. It was created by a friend of mine, who also served in the Intel business.

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ThirdBlockGear’s MOBSEC kits are designed for the traveler concerned with security in foreign counties or even when using public infrastructure at home. It is a collection of tools, apps, and suggested operating procedures that limit the exposure of your mobile phone to attacks. They offer three versions of the kit, one for tablets, the full kit for Android phones, and a lighter kit for iPhone.

Key Capabilities
Block all RF emanations when not in use (GSM, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.)
Block attacks from malicious charging stations example in the news
Enable safe transfer of data to external systems without emanations
Secure standard operating system data leakage or compromises
Back-up charging without external sources
Offline, safe applications for use without networks.

Yes, some DIYers can do all of this themselves, but if they have the knowledge, they’ve already done it. This is for the person who is smart enough to know they need to protect themselves, but is also smart enough to know they dont know how to and is willing to seek out assistance.

thirdblockgear.com/shop/mobile-security-kit

SHOT Show 2018 – SOG Knives PowerAccess Deluxe

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

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The PowerAccess Deluxe is a new multitool from SOG Knives. Made of 5Cr15MoV steel with a stonewash finish, the PowerAccess Deluxe has 21 tools, as well as a 12-piece hex bit kit, and the components can be opened while keeping the tool closed. This tool utilizes SOG’s compound leverage gripping power. With this feature, and the wire cutters, we were able to slice clean through a penny the rep had on hand.

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Another cool feature of this and other tools in SOG’s new line is the ability to retain a bit while the tool is closed.

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Here’s a shot of the PowerAccess Deluxe fully extended.
www.sogknives.com

Warren Innovative Technologies – Dead Air Wolf-9SD Body Wrenches

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

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Warren Innovative Technologies has announced the availability of 3D-printed polymer Body Wrenches for the Dead Air Wolf-9SD suppressor. The design engages the recesses of both the serial numbered rear, and the front sections, allowing the user to apply more torque to their Wolf-9SD from the front. Warren is also offering wrenches for the Dead Air Ghost suppressor, as well as SilencerCo’s Omega 9K/45K/Octane cans; the SilencerCo wrenches comes with a strap wrench mount adapter when further torque is needed.

These are made-to-order, with lead times dependent on order volume.

If you’re wondering these tools are made of 3D printed polymer, rather than a metal like steel or aluminum, here’s the explanation straight from the creator:

I didn’t make it out of steel because I didn’t want to damage the finish on the mounts. I looked into laser cutting aluminum but the expert to whom I spoke about it said the small wrench features would cause heat overloading and cause bad results from melting.

The 3D printed product prevents finish damage while allowing adequate torquing for installation and removal. It also allows embedded text without additional laser engraving.

To order this and Warren Innovative Technologies’ other wrenches, PM them on their Facebook page.

Fix It Sticks – AR15 Kit With Hard Case

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Fix It Sticks AR-15 and Glock Tools

Fix It Sticks is a company that created the Fix It Stick, a compact multitool which consists of two ‘sticks’ designed to combine into a t-shape for leverage. They will soon be releasing an AR-15 Maintenance Kit, complete with hard case, that’s currently up for pre-order on their site.

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The kit is full of bits and accessories specifically for AR-15 maintenance. In addition to a set of Fix It Sticks, the kit also contains, in part:

  • BCG Scraper
  • Pin Punch
  • Bronze Scraper
  • A2 Front Sight Adjustment Bit
  • Set of Brass Cleaning Rods
  • Fix It Sticks AR-15 and Glock Tools

    The included hard case is designed to hold bits and accessories with a standard 1/4″ base, and any 8-32 threaded component.

    The Fix It Sticks AR-15 Maintenance Kit has an estimated ship date of February 1st, 2018.

    store.fixitsticks.com/collections/featured-products/products/ar15-kit-with-hard-case

    Bawidamann Blades – Ti Utilitarian Christmas Ornaments 

    Monday, December 4th, 2017

    Leave it to the Bawidamann brothers to come up with something unique for Christmas.

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    Made from titanium, these utilitarian Christmas Ornaments will be available soon. Offered as Sugar Shivs and Candy Canes.

    Be sure to sign up for their newsletter for first dibs.

    bawidamann.com

    Sparrows Ranger Set Available in Kryptek RAID Camo

    Monday, November 20th, 2017

    With two different carry options the Ranger case is a versatile set that can be adapted to your personal carry or operational needs.

    The set can be carried by duty belt or mounted with Malice clips to your Molle compatible gear.

    The Ranger case has two parts the holster and a removable tool case that is held in place by a large Velcro swatch. The ability to remove the tool case from the holster allows for a larger selection of tools to be carried and the ability to quickly remove and pass the entire tool set to another team member. With its increased capacity the ranger case also incudes a compartment for padlock shims or other small bypass tools.

    Ranger Set Contents

    6 x Picks with thermal handles
    1 x Level 1 Wrenches
    1 x Padlock shim set
    1 x Wafer keys
    1 x SHANK
    1 x Mini Jim

    Available in Kryptek RAID, Black and Green.

    DOES NOT INCLUDE BELT

    www.sparrowslockpicks.com/product_p/kranger

    Overland Expo East 2017 – The Griffin Rescue Tool

    Sunday, October 1st, 2017

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    Among the acres of high-end overlanding equipment and custom expedition vehicles during last weekend’s Overland Expo East at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, this little gem of a tool stood out: The Griffin Rescue Tool. It’s specially designed for first responders with a glass breaker, seatbelt cutter, and oxygen bottle valve wrenches among its 14 functions. About 3 1/2 inches long, it’s also TSA compliant.

    Price and availability TBA.

    Griffin Pocket Tools