Gear Review: Speakeasy Briefs

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This wasn’t actually going to become a TTAG post, but I was inspired by our IGOTD winner, Dallas Archer, who chose to conceal an NAA Mini-Revolver in a very private place on in her person. Rewind one year — almost to the day — and a new company called Speakeasy Briefs is generating funding on Kickstarter for their boxer briefs with a hidden (assuming you’re wearing pants) pocket on the front. Ideal for stashing a flask, wallet, passport, rolled up sock, “protection.” Ah…protection. I’m fairly certain Speakeasy meant condoms, but when I think “protection” I think of the ballistic sort . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Shovel This Edition

Remember the outbreak of squeegee men back in the late 80s and early 90s? You’d stop at a traffic light and some grifter would sidle up, perfunctorily wipe your windshield and then demand money in exchange for leaving your glass in one piece. While it happened in a number of cities, it was one of the best-loved parts of the gorgeous mosaic that was New York City under David Dinkins’ administration. Along with the race riots, that is. Anyway, a new twist on the scam is back now that a large swath of the country has spent most of the last two months under a thick blanket of global warming . . .

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EDC For CCW: Benchmade 484

It doesn’t look too mall ninja-esque, but Benchmade’s new 484 folder has all the right moves for an EDC for CCW knife. It’s bombproof-strong and fully ambidextrous. And it’s not so big or scary-looking as to frighten the muggles. If anything, it might be just a little too sweet to haul around every day and risk it falling out of your back pocket. Jump over to The Truth About Knives for the deets . . .

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Everyday Carry Knife for Gun Guys: New CRKT ‘Eros’

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[ED: If you carry a gun - and even if you don't - you need to carry a knife for self-defense. As we've said many times, a gun is often unavailable to an armed self-defender in the heat of battle. A firearm can also malfunction (more probably you but that's another story) or go skittering across the floor. You need a plan B. This series is designed to help you find a suitable blade for backup.]

I got to play with this not-yet-released EDC knife at the SHOT Show last week. If you’re a knife guy, I already know what you’re thinking: So Ken Onion is plagiarizing his own designs now? Not quite: look again at that hollow grind blade and the missing assisted-opening safety bar near the lanyard hole . . . And jump over to The Truth About Knives for the rest of the details.

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EDC For CCW: Kershaw Ken Onion Blur S30V

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Ken Onion’s Blur doesn’t have the aggressively ‘tacical’ styling of the Zero Tolerance 0350, but this one has the same supersteel at its heart: CPM S30V. It’s a little more discreet, a little more comfortable to carry, and a little less comfortable for heavy cutting. This all-metal, all US-made thumbstud assisted opener can handle any cutting task you throw at it, and it won’t even freak out the knife muggles when you’re opening a UPS package with it. Is this spendier S30V version worth the extra money compared to the 14C28N version? I don’t know…yet.

Check out more at The Truth About Knives.

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EDC For CCW: Zero Tolerance 0350

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The Zero Tolerance 0350 is about the most serious EDC knife I’ve gotten my hands on. This assisted-opening flipper sports an S30V combo blade, G10 scales and the thickest frame liners I’ve ever seen. Its brick-shithouse construction is matched by rather brutish good looks; even the pommel is aggressively jimped for striking and for an extra-firm reverse grip. This bad boy looks like head-to-head competition for the Benchmade 300 Axis I’ve had for a while. Jump over to The Truth About Knives for more . . .

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EDC For CCW: Boker Solo II

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The Boker Solo II has absolutely nothing to do with the Kimber Solo. Except maybe that both of them are outstanding choices for EDC and CCW, respectively. Boker’s original Solo is a great knife, but its 3.75″ blade made it a tad large for discreet pocket carry so Boker brought designer Jens Ansø back for a quick downsizing. With a more EDC-friendly 3-inch blade, the result is eine kleine Selbstverteidigungmesser.

Jump over to The Truth About Knives for more…

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EDC For CCW: Chris Reeve Sebenza (Full Review)

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Chris Reeve makes some legendary knives and the Sebenza is his masterpiece. This amazing knife is sharp enough to shave with and tough enough to stand in harm’s way. But it’ll cost you almost the price of a brand-new GLOCK (which is obviously not shown here.) Tyler Kee kindly lent me his pride and joy and I’ve been testing and playing with it for far too long. Jump over to The Truth About Knives for the full review . . .

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EDC For CCW: CRKT ‘Carajas’

Image courtesy CRKTYou gotta gatt. You need a knife. An everyday carry blade (EDC) for you the concealed carry weapon (CCW), uh, carrier. ‘Cause bum ballistics and bad guys. And otherwise impenetrable  little girl’s Barbie packages. And the pleasure of cutting through a steak like a hot knife through butter. [Note: experts do not recommend using your self-defense knife for eating.] So how about this bad boy? The Carajas is named after the Carajás Mountains of Northern Brazil, famous for their iron mines. It’s  no tarted-up 8Cr14 flipper. (Bet you knew that.) Designed by the extravagantly named Flavio Ikoma, CRKT’s Carajas features Sandvik steel, a ball-bearing pivot and G10 grips. All for less than a Franklin. The knife is also available with plain or combo edges. Jump over to The Truth About Knives for the full story and video.

 

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EDC For CCW: Wilson Combat Rapid Response XL

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Unlike most EDC knives which are great for box-cutting and, well, okay for CCW backup, Wilson Combat knives are designed from the ground up to stand in harm’s way with Wilson’s combat-tuned handguns and long guns. Their latest offering is the $289 Rapid Response XL. Jump over to The Truth About Knives for more.

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Budget EDC For CCW: Benchmade HK ‘Soldat’, ‘Plan D’

It’s okay to be dubious about gun-branded knives, especially when they’re a backup to your gun-branded gun. Plenty of smart gunnies carry Smith & Wesson handguns, but the S&W knives you see at gun shows are just garbage. Heckler & Koch makes particularly nice handguns if you have the means, but they’re no stranger to the term ‘badge engineering,’ either. Luckily, the boys from Oberndorf are pretty finicky when it comes to their manufacturing partners . . .

Jump over to The Truth About Knives for more.

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EDC For CCW: Kershaw Injection 3.0/3.5

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Todd Rexford’s custom knife designs will usually set you back a couple of thousand bucks. They’re damned fine knives, but handmade collectibles crafted from Unobtanium aren’t the ideal EDC for CCW knives. A well-designed and well-made blade that’s affordable (and replaceable) is generally the more practical choice. The $30 Kershaw Injection 3.0 could be just such a knife. We can’t give it our official seal of approval without testing it (hint to Kershaw: send us one!) but if it holds up as well as other budget Kershaws, it could be a sleeper hit.

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EDC For CCW: Spyderco Titanium Military

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Most EDC knives aren’t equipped with four inches of razor-sharp S30V, but if you’ve got big hands and deep pockets (in both senses of the term) Spyderco’s large ‘Military’ might be just the backup blade for you. You can pocket a standard Military for about $150, but our resident Spyderco historian Jay reviewed the more expensive (and damn-near indestructible) Titanium-framed version.

Jump to The Truth About Knives for the full review.

 

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EDC For CCW: Cold Steel Hold Out III

Cold Steel’s Hold Out is aptly-named: it’s incredibly slender and lightweight. It also brings the heat in the blade department (three inches of it,anyway) with full flat ground AUS 8 that’s among the sharpest factory edges I’ve ever held. At just 2.4 ounces, it will fit comfortably in just about any pocket. And just like the best subcompact 9mm CCW pistols, it’s extremely light for its size and power, and very well-built for its weight.

Click over to The Truth About Knives for more.

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EDC For CCW: Spyderco Manix 2

Image courtesy Jason for The Truth About Knives

Spyderco’s medium-sized Manix 2 gives People Of The Gun a sturdy EDC knife of exceptional quality and ergonomics. It also gives ‘knife guys’ all the goodies they look for, like a supersteel S30V blade and G10 grips, for a street price that hovers just below $100. Either way, this Colorado-made blade is a fistful of win.

Click here to jump to The Truth About Knives for the full review.

 

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