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OpEx 21 – True North Tradecraft

Monday, October 4th, 2021

I’ve followed True North Tradecraft for quite awhile on Instagram so it was a pleasure to finally meet Boris at Operator Expo.

True North Tradecraft teaches Personal Security Tradecraft from a Canadian Perspective and provides products to support that goal.

One of the items on their pretty sizable catalog is the OSS Lock Pick Set (Camp-X Canadian Custom Edition). For those of you unfamiliar, Camp X-ray was a training facility for the British Special Operations Executive and the SOE is who provided the American Office of Strategic Services with their initial training.

The kit consists of:

• Stainless & Spring Steel

• Tension Tool

• Razor Saw

• #3E Small Diamond

• #8 Short Hook

• #6E Euro Wave Jiggler

Wndsn Explorer’s Notebook

Friday, September 17th, 2021

Wndsn Applied Sciences Lab is excited to announce our first adventures into stationery, with the Wndsn Explorer’s Notebook.

Calculations only become real when written down, and for years you, our passionate Telemeter and Quadrant users, have had to go without a dedicated Wndsn notebook to capture your most necessary computations.

The Wndsn Explorer’s Notebook is a one-of-a-kind addition to the stationery marketspace. This pocket notebook is designed for easy portability, durability, and pleasure of writing, and comes with several unique features.

There are so many details that we are so excited to have you experience for yourself. First you will notice the 40 pages of dot grid paper, designed for ease of writing, drawing, and calculation notation. However, it comes with a twist. The right page maintains a conventional square grid, while the left page is an isometric grid. Held right side up, the grid lines flow from one page to another; the user’s writing will be seamless. By turning the notebook 90 degrees the isometric grid is ready for 3D drawings.

By now you know we love our fountain pens and the experience of writing on good paper. What sets this pocket notebook apart from others on the market is the Swedish Munken Pure 120g/m² (32 lb) paper. Munken Pure is lush, thick, and able to take the flowiest of fountain pens.

And as always, there are nomograms. In the back of the notebook you will find a compendium of useful scientific guides including a Sine Quadrant and our Moon Clock plus 18 conversion nomograms for all of your mathematical and exploratory needs. There’s even a Telemeter on the back cover!

The Wndsn Explorer’s Notebook is now in stock and ready to be filled with all of your notes, thoughts, calculations, drafts, bujo items and grocery lists.

• 40 pages of conventional and isometric dot grid paper
• The left page is an isometric dot grid, and the right is a standard square dot grid
• Size: 3.5″ x 5.5″ (89 x 140 mm)
• Packaged in bundles of 3
• 18 conversion nomograms: angle (deg/time), speed (kn/ms/mph/kmh), temperature (f/c), mass (lbs/kg/oz), volume (gal/l/qt/pt), length (in/cm, m/yd/ft, km/mi/nm)
• Sine Quadrant
• Moon clock
• Inside pages printed on Swedish Munken Pure 120g/m² (32 lb)
• Cover made with Fedrigoni Sirio Black 290g/m² (107 lb)
• Front cover: Polaris pentagon embossed
• Back cover: 10° Telemeter with instructions
• Supplemental flyer with best practices for note taking, and use of features


Fix It Sticks Introduces A New Compact Pistol Kit

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Chicago, IL- Fix It Sticks, the industry innovator of modular firearms maintenance tools and torque limiters has introduced the perfect kit for handgun shooters, the Compact Pistol Kit. Designed to work with a wide array of handguns, the new kit features tools, wrenches, hex bits and even a variable torque driver. This comprehensive selection of components can handle almost any maintenance or setup task as needed. The Compact Pistol Kit is only slightly larger than a box of ammo, making it the perfect size to throw in a range bag, vehicle, ATV etc.

To maximize convenience and performance the kit comes with the Fix It Sticks Ratcheting T-Handle as well as the Mini All-In-One Torque Driver which is perfect for the optics commonly mounted on handguns. Pistol specific components include a Glock sight tool and 1911 bushing wrench.

Compact Pistol Kit includes the following parts, tools and bits:
• Ratchet T-Handle w/Locking Hex Drive
• Mini All-In-One Torque Driver
• Steel Pick
• Cleaning Brush Bit
• Aimpoint Bit
• Glock Sight Tool
• 1911 Bushing Wrench
• 3/32″ Pin Punch
• 1/8″ Pin Punch
• Four brass rods
• Set of two 8-32 adapters
• 12 Electroless Nickel Plated Bits: T6, T8, T10, T15, P1, H1.5mm, H2mm, H3mm, H1/16″, H5/64″, H3/32″ Extended Bit (for adjusting hard to reach screws on optics), SL5mm.
• Compact Carrying Case

The Compact Pistol Kit is contained in a soft zippered carrying case with a molded low profile bit holder that is designed to hold any bit / accessory with a standard 1/4″ Base (including Fix It Sticks Torque Limiters), and any 8-32 threaded component. With overall dimensions of 6 1/2” x 2 5/8” x 1 5/8” this kit easily fits in glove compartments, tool storage compartments, range bags, etc. The Compact Pistol Kit is now available with an MSRP of $180.

Zippo SureFire Multitool

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Yes, it’s called the SureFire. Zippo’s multitool incorporates most importantly, a flint wheel ignition (includes 1 flint), along with
420 High-carbon steel cutting tool,
15″ of wax-coated red fire paracord, a double cut saw blade, flathead screwdriver, bottle opener, bail and
dual flint storage & tinder grater.

And finally, the SureFire is cheap, at just $19.95.


Sneak Peek – Boston Coin Purse

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Coming soon from Raptor Tactical.

Introducing the Fred Perrin x WNDSN Escape Coin

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

WNDSN Applied Sciences Lab is pleased to announce the release of a collaboration with French knife maker Fred Perrin, an OSS-inspired coin knife based on the heavy metal WNDSN eclipse challenge coin.

The front side of the coin shows the WNDSN metrology motto: “ex mensura, scientia” or “knowledge from measurement” and a graphical representation of a lunar eclipse that utilizes the old alchemical symbol for verdigris and, later, the astronomical symbol for the Earth. On the back side — on top of four graphical quadrants featuring a shadow square, standing for solving problems of space, a set of equal hour lines, standing for determining time, and the sine quadrant as the most elegant of mathematical instruments — Fred installs the blade, perfectly keeping with the lines, and, in its closed state, perfectly flush with the coin surface itself.

The famous Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a wartime intelligence agency of the United States during World War II. The OSS Research & Development produced its own line of novel spy tools and gadgets, including compasses hidden in uniform buttons, playing cards that concealed maps, a diverse selection of lapel and otherwise concealable knives as well as coins (in the denomination of the respective country of operations) with integrated blades for escape purposes.

Based in the city of tradecraft, and heavily influenced by the atmosphere and climate of the cold war, WNDSN’s roots are inseparably connected to the divided city of Berlin and its flair of competing interests from all over the world.

Enter Fred Perrin, famous French knife maker and covert weapons designer, well known for his legendary LaGriffe (the claw) design, a small, concealable knife with a ring right behind the blade for retention and control. Fred is a former French Army Commando and a world-ranked martial artist.

Fred has a sizeable portfolio of covert tools made in the spirit of the OSS and its siblings in other countries, among which happens to be a version of the (in)famous “escape coin”. Now, many makers are making these coins, but Fred is the only one who’s integrating a thumb stud as his signature take on that by now almost a century old design.

The blade is made from 1095 carbon steel, the coin and hardware, thumb stud, pivot, and stopper pin choice is between raw copper or brass — either of which will patina beautifully.

Available directly from Fred Perrin.

New Mini All-In-One Torque Driver from Fix It Sticks

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Chicago, IL- Fix It Sticks, the industry innovator of modular firearms maintenance tools and torque limiters has introduced the Mini All-In-One torque driver. Available individually, the Mini All-In-One provides five torque values commonly needed by expert and professional shooters into one compact driver. Developed from requests and input from shooters, the Mini All-In-One has torque values on the lower end of the scale useful for smaller, more detailed tasks such as tightening certain pistol sights, scope mounts, polymer accessories and rails and other soft material applications.

Using the Mini All-In-One is quick and easy because there are no settings to adjust or hassle with before use. Simply install any ¼” bit or socket into the Mini All-In-One as needed and tighten the fastener until the proper torque is achieved. A precise, graduated torque scale is laser etched on the side to indicate the torque value as it is applied. The settings marked on the side are 6 inch-pounds, 10 inch-pounds, 15 inch-pounds, 20 inch-pounds, and 25 inch-pounds. The Mini All-In-One can also be used to apply torque in between the specified settings by watching the inch-pounds indicator as torque is being applied.

The new Mini All-In-One Torque Driver kit works with all of the Fix It Sticks T-handle wrenches or any ¼” hex bit driver.

Perfect for use at the range or in the field, the Mini All-In-One Torque Driver is a great addition to any tool kit and has an MSRP of $55.00.


TIHK – Tripwire Alarm Kit

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

The Tripwire Alarm Kit is a black re-usable trip-line activated perimeter security device constructed of machined alumninum and steel. Weighing in at just 1.3 ounces, it can be used on paths and trails, or attached to doors, gates, and other points of entry.

Included in the kit is 85′ feet of black Kevlar trip line, made of multi-filament coated Kevlar in a plastic clamshell dispenser. The breaking strength on the trip line is 84 lbs. The tripwire fires a 209 shotshell primer when tripped. (Shotshell primer not included.)

Made in the USA.