Tactical Fanboy
Tactical Tailor
Home Categories TacticalFanboy Archives Email

Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

SOG Knives – Voodoo Hawk Mini

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

SOG’s Voodoo Hawk Mini is, as its name implies, a smaller version of the original Voodoo Hawk. How much smaller? Well, admittedly not majorly so:

Length: 12.5″ (Mini) vs. 12.56″ (Voodoo)

Blade: 2.75″ (Mini) vs. 3.5″ (Voodoo)

Weight: 23.10 oz. (Mini) vs. 28.50 oz. (Voodoo)

Still, it is measurably more compact, and with the same general design and material composition, just as functional and durable as the original.

Plus, the Voodoo Mini is about a sawbuck less expensive than the original Voodoo, and like its big brother comes with a nylon, snap closure sheath.


CRKT – Williams Tactical Key

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Former Army Officer and martial arts instructor James Williams designed the Williams Tactical Key, a push dagger-style self defense tool shaped innocuously like a key. The tool is made of 3Cr13 steel, with a blade length of 1.762″, and the tip of the blade also functions as a Phillips screwdriver.


SHOT Show 2018 – SOG Knives PowerAccess Deluxe

Thursday, January 25th, 2018


The PowerAccess Deluxe is a new multitool from SOG Knives. Made of 5Cr15MoV steel with a stonewash finish, the PowerAccess Deluxe has 21 tools, as well as a 12-piece hex bit kit, and the components can be opened while keeping the tool closed. This tool utilizes SOG’s compound leverage gripping power. With this feature, and the wire cutters, we were able to slice clean through a penny the rep had on hand.


Another cool feature of this and other tools in SOG’s new line is the ability to retain a bit while the tool is closed.


Here’s a shot of the PowerAccess Deluxe fully extended.

The Spool Tool

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

The Spool Tool is actually a pretty nifty little device. Made by Veteran-owned Tricore LLC, the Spool Tool is an idea born of the field, a multifunctional device for stowing and working on 550 paracord. It holds up to 100 ft of cord, and features fusing notches, a replaceable cutting blade, and a notch for holding a BIC lighter.


3COIL Design – Puna And Crane Knives On Kickstarter

Monday, December 4th, 2017

3COIL Design is a “London based fashion and product design studio”, who have started a Kickstarter campaign for a couple of EDC tools, the Puna and Crane Knife.

The Puna

The Puna features a design overtly reminiscent of a modern day AR-15-like rifle. The upper receiver portion removes from the lower receiver, functioning as a tool knife with a scalpel blade. The blade is easily replaceable using the included ‘suppressor’ micro screwdriver, while two interchangeable magazines function as a Flathead and Phillips head screwdriver, respectively.

As a happy accident, the Puna also fuctions as a proper bottle opener.

The Puna comes in a slick aluminum case, roughly the size of a business card, laid out with all the separate components, including spare blades. As a bonus, the top lid is pocketed, and can be used to store business cards, and other like-sized items.

The Crane

The Crane, a bit more pedestrian when compared to the showy Puna, is, as claimed by 3COIL, the smallest folding scalpel blade in the world. Made of stainless steel with a silver color, it features a non-locking, spring-loaded mechaism, an open length of 3.7″, and utilizes a No.11 Scalpel blade. The Crane is normally made only in extremely limited numbers by 3COIL, and this is the first time they’re doing a full production run.

Check out the link below for more information on 3COIL and the Kickstarter campaign for the Puma and Crane knife:


XM42-M – Modular Flamethrower

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, we have truly reached the pinnacle of tacticool; a flamethrower… with M-LOK rails!

Completely civilian legal (barring state and local laws), the XM42-M is an update to the XM42 personal flamethrower that debuted a couple years back. Upgrades include a sleek new look with billet aluminum construction, ambidextrous torch, a built-in voltage display, M-LOK rails, replaceable nozzle, and…

You can take the on-board tank off, and replace it with a 3 gallon backpack.

Check out more info at the official page: http://xm42.com/

Introducing the B•A•T TRIDENT: A Wildly Unique New Multitool LIVE On Kickstarter

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Covert Products Group’s “Bring Anywhere Tool” has 12+ Functions in a Compact Size


NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – November 2, 2017 – In a market flooded with multitools and pocket gizmos, standing out from the crowd is no easy feat, especially on Kickstarter. With a unique shape and carry options, Covert Products Group’s new B.A.T. TRIDENT multitool moves the conversation of EDC tools in a totally new direction.

Inspired by the familiar silhouette of side-release buckles (as found on backpacks and bags), the B.A.T. TRIDENT expands on CPG’s “bring anywhere tool” concept that debuted on Kickstarter last year. The TRIDENT – which launched this week on Kickstarter – is engineered to contain 12+ useful functions in a compact, ergonomic and highly “carry-able” package. From daily utility to survival, the TRIDENT is designed to be carried (almost) anywhere, excel at a variety of tasks, and look good doing it.

“The perfect tool isn’t so perfect if you don’t have it with you,” explains the TRIDENT’s designer Thom O’Leary. “The TRIDENT is big enough to be useful, but small enough to carry just about anywhere, either visibly or covertly. Slip it onto a backpack strap, belt, keychain, or carry it in your pocket.”

The TRIDENT functions include:

· Phillips head screwdriver

· Razor edge

· Sharp piercing point

· Captured cutter

· Flat head screwdriver/pry tip

· Wire stripper

· Serrated fire rod scraper

· Saw edge

· Laser-etched 1” ruler

· Ergonomic bottle opener operated with the tool safely held in the sheath

· Fire starter rod (included) OR swap it out for an optional EmbriteTM glow pellet from TEC Accessories

· 3M SOLAS reflective sticker

· And the TRIDENT’s molded Kydex Sheath is designed to allow multiple attachment options for everyday carry

The TRIDENT is available now through December 1st on Kickstarter, with lowest prices available for early adopters. The TRIDENT will ship during or before March 2018.


MRF Multitools – Universal 3.0 Credit Card EDC Multitool On Kickstarter

Friday, October 13th, 2017

There’s a saying that big things come in small packages. Such is the case with MRF Multitools’ Universal 3.0 multitool, which is pretty big on functionality, with its creators claiming it holds 60+ tools and functions, yet it’s sized the same as a credit card.

This list gives a count of all the on-board tools featured on the Universal 3.0, with your standard accompaniment of blades, openers, drivers, wrenches, etc. Relatively unique additions, such as a tire tread depth gauge and distance ruler, do single the Universal 3.0 out among its peers. Additionally, like many EDC tools, the Universal 3.0 will be made of 440с High Carbon Hardened Stainless Steel.


Engo – Multifunction Survival Tool Shovel

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The 2.2 lbs Multifunction Survival Tool Shovel from Engo features a handle made of aircraft hardened aluminum with a Stainless Steel blade that chops and saws. The package also includes a paracord, whistle, knife, bottle opener, wire cutter, Magnesium fire starter, hoe, measuring tool and storage bag. Might be worth throwing in the trunk for a bad day.


This article was originally featured on SSD.

Adventure Mate – 5-In-1 Outdoor Tool

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The Adventure Mate is an Australian 5-in-1 tool designed for outdoor enthusiasts. Made of AS1442-2007 Carbon Rolled Steel, the Adventure Mate consists of three main parts:

Hatchet w/ Hammer Head, Hook at top, Saw Blade
Handle Pole
Spade Head

The tool centers around the Handle Pole, which attaches to either the Hatchet head or Spade Head, allowing full use of the attached tools. The Adventure Mate also comes with a leather safety sheath and a heavy duty, lined canvas holster.


Life Of Jay – Pocket Folio – D.I.Y. Multi Tool Kit

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Website Life of Jay has for sale a collection of Pocket Folio mini tin kits. These kits are shaped like books with various themes such as first-aid, bike repair, and sewing, with contents relate to the theme. The D.I.Y. kit contains a stainless steel, card-style multitool, with tools such as a ruler, bottle opener, and saw.


SOG Knives – Sync Multitool

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

SOG’s Sync is a series of multitools designed with a unique detachable base which allows the tool to be mounted to a belt buckle, or clipped on a strap. The Sync I, seen above, comes with the following tools:

Awl, Straight-Edge Blade, Bolt/Nut Gripper, Bottle Opener, Crimpers, 3-Sided File, Flat Screwdriver, Jewelry Driver, Pliers, Ruler, and Wire Cutter.


TIHK – HK2 Handcuff Key

Thursday, April 13th, 2017


Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key has just launched the newest iteration of their flagship concealable handcuff key, the HK2. The HK2 is a near-universal handcuff key designed to be worn inconspicuously on one’s person. It features a integrated clip to attach to a belt loop or other article of clothing, with two small teeth to further improve retention. The HK2 is also designed to work more smoothly in a larger variety of handcuffs when compared to the original TIHK.


Camillus CAMTRAX

Monday, March 20th, 2017


The Cammillus CAMTRAX is what happens when you apply multitool design to a full-sized tool. The CAMTRAX’s 3-in-1 design consists of a hatchet/hammer, with a glass-filled nylon handle which houses a 7″ lockback folding saw.


The sheath, also made of glass-filled nylon, comes with a reversible belt clip and bottle opener.


SHOT Show 2017 – SOG Knives Baton Multi-Tools

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The new Baton multi-tool series from SOG consists of 4 minimalist profile multi-tools, about as thick as a marker and as long as a pencil for easy stowage into a pocket, pouch, or other container. Each tool in the series is named ‘Baton Q’, followed by a number (Q1 – Q4). The Q tools consist of handles made of aluminum (Q1 – 1060, Q2-4 – 6061-T6) and tools made of 5Cr15MoV steel, and depending on the model are designed for applications including office & personal, urban emergency, and basic and advanced wilderness.

This is a list of the tools included in each model Baton:

Baton Q1 – Spring assist scissors, pressurized ballpoint pen, bottle opener, medium flathead driver

Baton Q2 – Straight edge blade, LED flashlight, bottle opener, medium flathead driver

Baton Q3 – Pliers, gripper, soft wire cutter, straight blade, 3-sided file, Phillips driver, awl, chisel, can opener, small flathead driver, bottle opener, medium flathead driver, jewelry driver

Baton Q4 – Pliers, gripper, soft wire cutter, straight blade, 3-sided file, can opener, small flathead driver, bottle opener, medium flathead driver, magnetic ratchet driver, magnetic 12-piece hex bit kit


ThinkGeek – Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool Kit

Saturday, December 17th, 2016


I like multitools. I like Star Wars. Still, this feels like a line that just didn’t need to be crossed; two things that honestly had no logic to be combined. I’m talking about ThinkGeek’s officially-licensed Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool kit. Shaped like everyone’s favorite smuggler’s ship, this particular multitool comes complete with four hex keys, two screwdrivers, and an adjustable wrench.

If they’ll make the Millennium Falcon into a multitool, when’s ‘Star Wars’ the flamethrower?


Council Tool – ApocalAxe

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016


Council Tool’s ApocalAxe is a USA-made multitool designed for use in camping, hiking, hunting, rescue, and more. It is made of drop-forged high-carbon US-sourced steel, coming in at a solid 2 lbs., and features the following tools:

– Hammer or knuckle grip
– Gut Hook
– Bottle Opener
– Hammer
– Axe blade


The STK Multi-Tool: Sliding Tool & Knife for Every Day Carry On Kickstarter

Monday, November 21st, 2016

I’m a fan of a good EDC multitool, and with Kickstarter allowing all sorts of ideas to gain fruition, it’s no surprise that a bunch of multitools pop up as fundable projects. One such tool is the STK from Kopis Designs. The STK, which stands for ‘Sliding Tool and Knife’, and could be pronounced like the word ‘stick’ (although it sure doesn’t look like one), is a multitool with an integrated opening and locking mechanism. The frame is made of 6AL4V titanium, and the blade is made of S35VN steel. The blade functions as a straight-edge knife, and also hosts the following features:


  • push-cut / scraping blade
  • flathead/pry edge
  • 1/4″ bit diver
  • bottle opener
  • wingnut and O2 valve wrench
  • wire-striper notch
  • The STK’s opposite end also hosts a titanium pocket clip, which can also double as a money clip, if you feel a wallet is too high profile.

    In addition to the STK, Kopis is also offering the Rift EDC tool on the same project campaign. The Rift is very much a companion piece to the STK, with a design very reminiscent of the later, but it is intended as a “travel-safe pry tool”; “travel-safe” in this case means ‘intentionally designed with no sharp edges’. Also manufactured of 6AL4V titanium, the Edge features the following tools:

  • box opening point
  • scraping / pry edge
  • flathead
  • 1/4″ bit driver / bottle opener
  • O2 wrench / 1/4″ bit storage / key ring slot
  • pocket clip & key dangler
  • If you like what you see, feel free to click the link below and put more than a few dollars towards the project.


    Innovation Factory – Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool

    Friday, October 21st, 2016


    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.


    GRIPsher – The Formidable Compact Multi-Tool On Kickstarter

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2016


    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:

  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Phillips head and flat head drivers
  • Material thickness gauge
  • Adjustable hex bolt wrench
  • Heavy duty knife
  • 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.


    KA-BAR – Tactical Spork

    Saturday, September 10th, 2016


    Become the ultimate ‘Knifey-Spoony‘ champion with KA-BAR’s Tactical Spork. It’s made of food and water approved Grilamid, and underneath the spork portion of the utensil, is a 2.5″ serrated blade.


    Hults Bruk Introduces American Felling Axe By Dave Canterbury

    Friday, July 29th, 2016

    Not really that tactical, but on the other hand, who doesn’t love a good axe?

    The ultimate woodsman’s axe designed by survival and wilderness skills instructor, Dave Canterbury

    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

  • Axe Head Weight: 3 1/2 lbs.
  • Handle Length: 32-inches
  • Axe Head: Swedish steel
  • Handle Material: American hickory
  • MSRP $239
  • Hults Bruk will debut the new axe at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (booth BR317).



    Saturday, June 11th, 2016


    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.


    THIK – EvadeClip Available For Pre-Order

    Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

    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.


    5.11 Tactical – Operator Axe

    Wednesday, May 25th, 2016


    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