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Dirk Pinkerton Claw XLRT

Dirk Pinkerton Claw XLRT

It's not every day that you get a new "favorite" knife. Mine is the Dirk Pinkerton Claw XLRT, a knife its maker has recently reformatted. It is finger-ring hawkbill fighter with a minimal handle and a n0-nonsense, low-profile Kydex sheath. For what it is, it is as close to ideal in a personal slash-and-thrust belt companion as you're likely to [...]

SOG Folding Saw (From Base Camp Echo)

SOG Folding Saw (From Base Camp Echo)

My latest utility tool from Base Camp Echo is the SOG folding saw. This is really about as simple as tools get, unless they have no moving parts: It's a differentially heat treated high-carbon steel saw blade with aggressive "fastcut" saw teeth with a plastic, almost rubberized textured handle. The saw blade is 8.25 inches long and locks both [...]

SOG Entrenching Tool (from Base Camp Echo)

SOG Entrenching Tool (from Base Camp Echo)

One of the things I hate most in life is equipment that does not do what its makers claim it does. I hate the unfulfilled promise of gear that looks good but doesn't function. This is why one of the maxims I try to live by is, Never field untested gear.  As with anything in life, however, I am not always consistent, nor do I always follow my own [...]

SOG Key-Knife (from Base Camp Echo)

SOG Key-Knife (from Base Camp Echo)

SOG's Key-Knife,  which I obtained from sponsor Base Camp Echo, is one of those brilliant little tools that makes you wonder out loud, "Why didn't I think of this before?"  Specifically, I'm talking about how handy it is to have a cutting blade right on your keychain.  It's possible to leave the house without any number of personal preparedness [...]

Tool Logic Credit Card Companion (from Base Camp Echo)

Tool Logic Credit Card Companion (from Base Camp Echo)

Recently I obtained a Tool Logic Credit Card Companion from Base Camp Echo, one of the sponsors of this site and a business behind which The Martialist gladly puts its support and recommendation.  For those of you who don't know -- it wasn't clear to me until I looked at the address on the package -- Tool Logic and SOG are the same business, with [...]

Minor Surgery on SOG Mini-Pentagon Sheath

Minor Surgery on SOG Mini-Pentagon Sheath

Recently I picked up a SOG mini-pentagon.  I've always liked the Pentagon series by SOG Knives; the handles are comfortable and afford great traction, while the double-edged blade, serrated on one side, is a great "fighting" blade.  Armed with one of these you're in pretty good shape when it comes to self-defense. In the past, when buying [...]

Ka-Bar “Zombie Killer” (ZK) Zomstro Tactical Cleaver

Ka-Bar “Zombie Killer” (ZK) Zomstro Tactical Cleaver

For more than a decade I wished for a tactical cleaver to hit the market. This year, Ka-bar has given me my wish. I first saw the Zomstro when it was revealed it on the YouTube channel "ZombieGoBoomTV." I was immediately impressed. I've been a fan of the Ka-Bar Zombie Killer line since it debuted a couple of years ago. Ka-Bar was one of [...]

Meyerco Pinkerton Wharning: Failure, Warranty Replacement

Meyerco Pinkerton Wharning: Failure, Warranty Replacement

The Meyerco Pinkerton Warning is one of several knives designed by Dirk Pinkerton for Meyerco, a company notable because it produced many of the late (and missed) Blackie Collins' designs.  Meyerco's product line ranges from quite expensive (for its Bob Terzuola CQB Military Fixed Blade Knife) to, for the most part, extremely affordable folding [...]

The Talon Knife

The Talon Knife

Recently, The Martialist received an inquiry from Rod Freeman of Talon Tactical, Inc. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, Talon is the labor of one Rod Freeman, a self-described family man who loves knives. “I have been collecting, modifying, and playing with knives for over 35 years,” Rod told The Martialist. “While I haven’t ever worked [...]

The Real Story Behind the HideAway Knife and Artemis Defense Systems

The Real Story Behind the HideAway Knife and Artemis Defense Systems

She called herself "FrontSight," and ten years ago, she was the elusive face of "HAK" -- the Hideway Knife. The Martialist brought you a review of that knife all those years ago, highlighting its unique, secure design. Specifically, the HAK's finger loop is sized to the user's hand. Drawn from a low-profile Kydex sheath, and carrying a great deal [...]

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