Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sterling Pocket Knife Sharpener

I picked up a Sterling Knife Sharpener the other day. It cost me $13 bucks and change. The purpose for the sharpener was to have something for the field that I can use in case my knife becomes dull and I need a quick edge to complete whatever task is at hand. I tested the sharpener out on one of my more dull knives and I was impressed. I was able to put a sharp enough edge that I could shave hair off my arm. Not bad for a cheapo sharpener. The best part is it's made in the USA. Pick one up for your key chain and your BOB.



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Gatco Knife Sharpening Kit

I was looking for a good way to sharpen my knives instead of continuing to buy new ones which was getting expensive. So I was talking to a guy I know at work and he recommended the GATCO Edgemate professional knife sharpening kit. So I searched the internet and found the best deal at Cabela's. I also ordered the ultra fine finishing hone. Cabela's also threw in the pedestal mount for free which was nice of them.

My first impressions were good. The quality was outstanding and the kit was exactly what I was expecting. It comes with an ultra coarse and coarse hones, which unless your blade needs re-profiling you won't need. Some have complained about the aluminum bracket that holds the knives. I have no doubt that it will last a very long time, after all it is aluminum with  metal screws. I immediately started to sharpen one of my older knives that I've had for some time. I was somewhat disappointed.

So I set out on the internet looking for the reason I couldn't get the razor sharpness I was looking for. I stumbled upon this guy on YouTube. He has 4 videos at almost 10 minutes a pop but it's well worth the time to watch them as he shows you how to properly use the system. As a side note he has the diamond system but many of the tips apply here as well. After I watched the videos and applied the tips my knives were much sharper than I had gotten them following Gatco's directions.



 I spent a little less than $70 to my front door. I've sharpened 3 knives so far with it and I like how easy and fast it is. It puts damn near a razor edge (I still haven't quite got the technique down) on my knives and I would recommend this to anybody that can't sharpen with a stone or that needs something that is no nonsense.


Boker Plus M-type by Chad Los Banos

Last week I ordered a Boker M-type by Chad Los Banos in black. It was on sale fo $39 and change. The knife is made in Germany and ships from the Denver area. My first impressions were good. It has a nice feel to it, not too heavy but just right, and is extremely sharp as I would expect from any knife. The blade is 3 5/8" but looks a lot bigger and it's made out of 440C stainless. Blade play is nonexistent which I did not expect. Blade finish is outstanding and seems to be durable.


The pocket clip is reversible plus it has nice tension. The frame lock is a little tighter than I would like although I would rather have that then have it fail and I lose my fingers.


Overall for $39 bucks it's a great knife. Low profile pocket clip/carry. I recommend picking one up as a backup or as a second EDC knife.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Survival BOB

So recently I was made aware of what I had been doing for years. I was unintentionally making a BOB and not even knowing it. So recently I have been doing some research and came up with a lot of good info. One of the most interesting sites that I've found lately is Zombie Hunters. Amazing stuff they have there as well as great ideas. I will leave you with pics of what I have so far, very much a work in progress.


Pic of the whole thing.

Pelican cases camera and iPod, Surefire and Inova LED candles, various knives including my Cold Steel Recon 1 a CRKT, Kershaw, and Gerber with mini scissors multi tool, Notebooks, sunscreen and extra CR123 batteries, An Epi Pen, flash drive and survival paracord bracelets.

You should never leave home without a Woobie also two field stripped MRE's and a sleeping mat. Not pictured is the rest of the sleep system.

I've got three issued style fleece hats as 90% of heat loss is through the head, 550 cord with some various caribiners, 100 mph tape more 550 a Camelbak BFM with 100 oz bladder, gloves and a pair of Gerber's that are almost always on my riggers belt which is a Spec Ops tan variant.

I don't have any cold gear as I'm still working on that. Let me know what you think.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cold Steel Recon 1

A few months back I purchased a Cold Steel Recon 1 and waited for it to arrive. When it finally arrived I was immediately impressed with the sharpness and how smoothly it opened and closed. There was almost no blade play when I got it nor is there much now. My wife actually cut herself the first day that I had it. I then tested it out cutting various things and tried cutting a bottle in half. And it worked just like in the video. I was impressed. Needless to say the Recon 1 immediately became my EDC. It is rather large but I definitely got used to it and now feel naked when I accidentally leave it on the dresser. I don't have any pictures of the knife brand new but rather some of the knife after about 5 or so months of pretty heavy use as it is my primary carry knife. You can pick one up here for $62 and change. I rate this knife 5 out of 5 and recommend it to everyone I know.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Warrior PT

A few weeks ago I ordered a program that is changing my life. It's by Dr. Scott Ringler. It's called Warrior PT. Check out his website and give it a try. It will change your life if you want it to. It's definitely worth the $49 price tag.



Welcome. I hope that someday this will be something that many people visit everyday and can make decisions or read reviews on products, restaurants, places, and tactical gear that I have used, visited or purchased.

With that I will tell you a little about myself. I got the nickname Trebec from when I used to work at Pepsi and I just rolled with it. I am an Infantryman in the United States Army and am currently stationed out at Fort Irwin,California. I am also married with a daughter on the way.

That's all I have for now. Thanks for stopping by.