First off, I want to start off with this: ‘Trucker’s Friend’ is a great name for a survival tool. Since that’s now out of the way, here’s the details: the Trucker’s Friend is a multi-purpose survial tool which combines an axe with a good number of additional tools, including but not limited to a hammer; pry bar; wire twist; and grapple hook in a 19.25″ long package, complete with “shock-absorbing PowerGrip” and fiberglass handle. Plus, it’s made in the USA (the city of Industry, CA, to be exact), which I always like to see.
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The GRIPsher is a compact multitool “dreamt up by an Army Veteran, refined by an MIT engineer, and brought to life with common sense”. The creators of GRIPsher have designed the tool with a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the GRIPsher is the glow-in-the-dark jaws on the bottom of the tool. Dubbed the HEXGRIP system, the jaws serve as a fully adjustable way to secure hex nuts, bolts, and bits.
Additionally, the GRIPsher team is hosting a special program called Tools For Troops. For every GRIPsher black model supported, a version of the GRIPsher with black HEXGRIP jaws will be donated to a military service member; this is the only way to get a GRIPsher with black jaws.
Not really that tactical, but on the other hand, who doesn’t love a good axe?
Åby, Sweden – (Aug. 3, 2016) – Hults Bruk, the world’s oldest active axe manufacturer, is proud to introduce a new felling axe to their acclaimed line of Swedish hand-forged axes. Created by survival and wilderness skills instructor, blacksmith and New York Times bestselling author, Dave Canterbury, the new design is based on professional felling axes made popular during the 19th century American forestry industry boom.
Felling large trees the traditional way is an art requiring skill and a proper axe. Good felling axes are often expensive competition designs, too heavy for practical outdoor use. Understanding the features of a tool, and the tool’s intended purpose, are key elements to consider when creating the perfect woodsman’s axe. Canterbury settled on a purpose built design made for heavy use in an environment of hardwood trees. By meticulously pairing the right style of axe head with the right kind of handle, the American Felling Axe drops dense, large sized trees effectively, allowing the user to work longer without tiring.
Unlike modern curved handles that provide forward momentum and leverage at the expense of control, the Hults Bruk American Felling Axe features a perfectly straight, 32-inch American hickory handle to reduce wrist pivoting on the swing. Canterbury and Hults Bruk blacksmiths poured through several traditional models and uncovered a renowned, reliable Montreal pattern axe head. Useful for more than just felling, the pattern features wide cheeks for splitting and a long, razor sharp bit for felling, bucking and processing wood. Weighing 3 1/2 lbs., the axe head is made with high quality Swedish steel, expertly forged at the historic Hults Bruk factory.
Canterbury, a blacksmith who makes many of his own tools, doesn’t have the facilities to make larger tools like axes and felt Hults Bruk was the company to craft his version of a traditional American felling axe. “Hults Bruk is the oldest axe manufacturer in the world,” remarks Dave Canterbury. “Their quality and passion for excellence makes them the perfect choice for a design that is both a usable axe for any woodsman and also an heirloom-worthy tool that can be passed from generation to generation.”
“Dave understands axe design from both the perspective of an outdoor survival instructor and as a blacksmith,” says Gerard Pegelow, Export Director of Hults Bruk. “We’re proud to partner with Dave and bring his vision to reality.”
American Felling Axe by Dave Canterbury
Hults Bruk will debut the new axe at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (booth BR317).
The Timahawk is a 27″ long survival tool which consists of a 6″ axe blade, 2″ pry-bar, and 2″ ADZE hammer head. The tool is constructed of 4130 pre-hardened steel, with recycled hard custom plastic handles. It comes complete with a 900D polyester sling back carrying case, with PALS-compatible webbing and additional storage compartments.
The folks over at Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key have developed what they call the EvadeClip, intended as an all-in-one solution for escape, evasion, and survival in an urban environment. The EvadeClip features an integrated clip for attachment to one’s person, and consists of a stainless steel mini saw, carbide grit rod saw, and stainless steel 3-piece lock pick set.
Designed with Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics, the 5.11 Operator Axe is a pretty cool piece of equipment. The Operator Axe is a bearded axe with a hammer pry bar, wrench, sockets, and hex wrench openings.
– Ambidextrous, belt and MOLLE-compatible sheath
– 24 tools and functions
– Jimped shaft and handle for optimal grip
– Adjustable carry angle
– 5.11 Tactical crosshair logo on both pieces
– SCM 435 Stainless Steel
– Subdued black oxide finish
– Overall length: 15″/38.1cm
– Weight: Without sheath: 1 lb,10oz/.74kg; With sheath: 1lb, 15oz/.88kg
The K Spike is a project currently up for funding on Kickstarter for an EDC keychain spike. Created by Bobby Davis of Spiffy Labs in Minneapolis, MN, the K Spike is a multipurpose tool with uses including opening packages, marking wood or metal, and punching holes. The handle features deep knurling to maintain a positive grip, and when not in use, the spike portion can be stored within the handle. The K Spike will be offered in Tellurium Copper, Aluminum, and Stainless Steel.
Sometimes you might not be allowed to carry a multitool with a blade. In cases like that, Gerber’s Dime Travel might be the solution. The Dime Travel is a stainless steel multitool with a spring loaded needle nose pliers, wire cutters, spring loaded scissors, bottle opener, file, flat drivers, and tweezers. Additionally, it features a zipper hook for opening a broken luggage zipper.
SOG Knives’ MacV Tool is a multitool made of 3Cr13 stainless steel, and shaped after the emblem of the famed Military Assistance Command Viet Nam Studies and Observations Group. As expected of a multitool, despite its unique look the MacV Tool is fully functional, featuring the following 12 tools:
– 1/4″ Hex Bit Driver
– 1/4″ Wrench
– 3/8″ Wrench
– 5/16″ Wrench
– Bottle Opener
– Carbide Sharpener
– Cord Cutter
– Large Flat Screwdriver
– Nail puller
– Philips Screwdriver
– Pry Bar
– Small Flat Screwdriver
The Strongarm is one of Gerber’s most popular fixed blade knives. It consists of a full tang 420 HC steel blade, with a rubberized diamond-texture grip. The Strongarm comes complete with a multi-mount, MOLLE-compatible sheath.
Available in Black and Tan handle finishes, and with or without blade serration.
Gerber’s Ghoststrike is a fixed blade knife with a drop point, fine edge blade, made of 420 HC ceramic coated steel. The handle is skeletonized, with a rugged texture for a sure grip. The Ghoststrike can be purchased with an ankle wrap holster, which allows for the Ghoststrike to be utilized as a concealed and/or backup blade.
A bit different than the other offerings I checked out at the booth, the Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit is nonetheless worth taking a look at. The Camp Kitchen Kit comes with the Camp Kitchen and Paring Knives, a built-in ceramic sharpener, locking drawer, and drip channel around the board. The case itself is bright green, which matches the handle accents of the included knives, and makes it easy to identify.
The 39 Series is a collection of blades that hearkens back to Gerber’s start as a blade maker. The 39 Series features a 420 HC steel blade, and a cero-coated stainless steel handle. The blades will be available in sizes Small and Large, in Black, Gold, and Silver finishes. These are an “indie-dealer” exclusive, so you won’t be seeing these at any big-box retailer.
Be on the lookout for the 39 Series Knives later this year.
Made from 6AL4V aircraft grade titanium and hand finished by celebrated knife maker Darrel Ralph, the Punisher Tool is an EDC multitool with a cool appearance. First, the Punisher Tool features a combed surface inspired by the British-Made Mason Comb, ideal for beard grooming. It also sports a Philips hex drive, multiple nut drivers, and a dual bottle openers. Jimping added to the perimeter of the tool offers a secure grip, and in a pinch, the Punisher Tool can also be used for self-defense.
The Binary Titanium Key Carabiner is the latest Kickstarter campaign by iomaa, a company with a history of multiple successful campaigns. The Binary Titanium Key Carabiner comes in three sizes, Small, medium, and large, and features a body made of grade 5 titanium, with gates made of tempered stainless steel, although iomaa may replace them with tempered titanium down the line. One of the gates is a safety gate, which keeps keys and other attached items from slipping off the carabiner, and the carabiner can also function as a bottle opener.
Ok, I’ll admit, it’s more whimsical than tactical, but the Animal Army Knife current up for pre-order on Firebox has a certain charm about it. Besides, as far as novelty tools go, the Animal Army Knife is about as decent as any Swiss Army Knife, as it comes with:
– Bottle Opener
– Wire Stripper
– Flathead Screwdriver
– Phillips Head Screwdriver
– Keyring/Lanyard Loop
The Sparrows Chaos Card is a break away escape kit that can be stored within a wallet. Contained within the Chaos Card is the following components:
– Short Hook
– Triple Peak
– Auto Rocker/Jiggler
– Short Wafer Pick
– Four and Five Comb Pick
– Tension Bar
– “Stabby Thing”
– Handcuff Key
Tactical Trio is a Kickstarter project currently up for funding for three separate titanium carabiner multitools. The three models of multitool – Alpha, Bravo, and Tango – have 24+ tools between the three of them, including standard tools such as:
– Bottle opener
– Hex wrenches
– Nail puller
The Steven Seagal Ten Shin is a polypropylene replica of Steven Seagal’s own custom oversized walking stick. It comes in at 44″ in length, with a weight of 34.1 oz.
Last time I wrote about Titaner, I featured their Machined Capsule. This time, we’re taking a look at their Lotus Tactical Pen. The Lotus Tactical Pen is machined from a solid titanium rod, making it robust yet lightweight (~1.1 oz.). It comes with a standard ballpoint pen refill, and the Lotus DNA Catcher, a striking point designed to retain a DNA sample for future identification.
As a special offer to Tactical Fanboy readers, Titaner has provided a unique 20% off voucher code (with free international shipping) – TACTICALFANBOY20. Enter the code at the shopping cart page to apply the discount.
Swiss Advance’s CRONO Pocket Knife is a decent-looking outdoor multi-tool, good for, say, a camping trip. It features a bottle opener, fish scaler, wire stripper, cm scale, 4 hexagon tools, a knife, fork, and screwdriver. The CRONO is made of German materials, and is manufactured in Switzerland.
Pygmy is a titanium multitool that’s around the same size as a quarter. Despite its diminutive size, it features a flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, scraper tip, and 1/4″ hex wrench & bit driver.
BiTool is a multi-function tool which combines the characteristics of a screwdriver, ratchet wrench, and magnet into a single unit with a small form factor. The body contains either a 5 bit or 10 bit kit, depending on purchaser options, that have a variety of tools that attach to the ratchet-like head.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign at: www.kickstarter.com/projects/cycop-life/bitool-best-integrated-tool-to-ease-your-daily-lif
The Throwflame X15 Flamethrower is a more traditional looking commercially-available flamethrower when compared to the XM42 featured on TFB a few months back. It features a 3.3 gallon capacity with a max range of 50 ft. Every X15 comes with three interchangeable wand tips and a refillable 20oz CO2 tank. Throwflame even produces their own optimized napalm mix, although it can use any commonly available liquid fuel.
SURVCO is a disabled Veteran owned and operated business based out of Fort Mitchell, Alabama. The products developed by SURVCO are survival-inclined, such as the Tactical Credit Card AX. Made of 12 Gague 304 stainless steel, the Credit Card AX is a credit card-sized survival tool which comfortably stores inside a wallet. The head features 21 individual functions, including being lashed to a handle to function as a tomahawk, ax, knife, scraper, skinner, or shovel, depending on use.
The BlitzBlade is a titanium-bodied EDC multi-tool which features interchangeable driver bits, a carbide tip window punch, and a utility blade.
The Mini Q is a combination key holder and knife. The base model is constructed of aircraft grade aluminum, although models made of brass and grade 5 titanium are also being offered. The blade is 2.35 inches long and made of hardened 420HC stainless steel, and comes in either drop point, bottle opener knife, or anteater utility styles.