The Buck 110 is an iconic design and one that many of our dads and granddads had on their belts hunting, camping, or around the ranch or work site. Despite its age it remains as popular as ever, and Buck continues to reimagine the classic 110 with new materials and updates to keep it as relevant in the 2020s as it was in the 1960s.
The latest 110 Legacy uses a S45VN stainless steel blade with dual black Cerakote-coated thumb studs. In place of the traditional wood slabs are gray anodized aluminum scales screwed together with marbled carbon fiber inlays.
The days of needing a belt sheath are gone with the addition of a black Flash Nitride-coated pocket clip.
Buck 110 Legacy Edition
Blade: 3 ¾ inches, S45VN stainless steel with Cerakote-coated thumb studs
Length: 4 7/8 inches closed
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Handle: Gray anodized aluminum with marbled carbon fiber inlays
Clip: Black Flash Nitride- coated stainless steel, deep pocket carry
Some of the best tools come from the minds of guys in the field who didn’t have what they needed and ended up designing what they wish they had. Such is the case with the CRKT Septimo Multitool designed by former 7th Special Forces Group soldier Jeremy Valdez.
This multitool is a follow up to Jeremy’s Septimo knife design with CRKT and is part of the company’s Forged by War program.
The Septimo Multitool centers around a thumb-stud-opening, tanto-pointed blade with a single Veff serration for strap cutting. It has a black oxide finish for durability and friction points for a positive grip in harsh conditions.
The Septimo doesn’t open into a traditional plier-type multitool, but it does have both a Phillips and a flathead screwdriver, a bottle opener, as well as an adjustable wrench with a glass breaker on the tip.
Being a more knife than plier-oriented design, it clips easily in your pocket with the included deep carry pocket clip, or right to vest or pack.
CRKT Septimo Multitool
Blade Length: 2.86 inches
Closed Length: 4.84 inches
Overall Length: 7.63 inches
Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV stainless steel
Thickness of Blade: 0.096 inch
Blade Style: Tanto
Finish of Blade: Black oxide
Handle Material: 6061-T6 aluminum with GFN inlays
Locking Mechanism: Liner lock
Pocket Clip: Deep carry stainless steel (tip-up, right carry)
Gerber has a new pair of camp tools out with the Bushcraft Axe and Bushcraft Hatchet (shown). Both models feature a forged steel single-piece axe head with a hammerhead back. They use a rugged polymer handle with a rubber over-molded grip with an overstrike guard to ensure durability.
What sets the Bushcraft models apart is the waterproof Gear Storage Stick that nests in the handle of the tools. It comes with 9 feet of paracord in the axe and 5 feet of paracord in the hatchet.
And there’s room for tinder, a mini lighter, or other fire-starting or survival gear inside. Both models come with a nylon blade cover as well.
I have a thing for nonmetallic knives. They’re fun and inexpensive to collect, light to carry, and have a definite role in self-defense. I use one or another around the house frequently to open boxes and packages.
Kershaw’s Arise dagger is the first in the Project ATOM series, which is a new line of lightweight, easy-to-carry knives made from polypropylene and polyphenylene. The Arise follows a traditional boot knife pattern and has a 4.2-inch blade with a blunt edge but a keen point.
At a feathery 1.8 ounces, you won’t even realize you’re carrying it until you need it. It has a full-sized 4.2-inch grooved handle to allow for a solid grip and is finished off with a lanyard hole with a keychain ring to give you carry options.
With an MSRP under $16, the Arise is certainly affordable, and I can see myself grabbing this one and whatever else Project ATOM brings about in the future.
Lansky’s new C-Clip Combo makes it easy for you to grab an all-in-one kit for sharpening at home, in camp, or on the go. The kit consists of a Mini Sharpener, a C-CLIP Knife Sharpener, and an Eraser Block to clean the ceramic rods on both tools.
Either sharpener can be used to sharpen knives, fishhooks, darts, arrowheads, tools, needles, surgical-type tools, and or whatever else you have that needs an edge. The bigger tabletop C-Clip is the best choice at home, in the workshop, or in camp.
The Mini is a great travel companion and would be handy in the field or on the job site. The Eraser Block is made of synthetic rubber and an abrasive substance, and designed to keep the ceramic rods clean. It also can be used to remove stains on just about any surface according to Lansky.
Lansky C-Clip Combo
31,000-grit ceramic rods
The Mini has large and small blade pull-through sharpeners
I pretty much always carry a light, but I’ll admit that some are easier to carry than others. The new Streamlight Wedge light definitely falls into the easy-to-carry realm. It’s a light that was designed for EDC use from the ground up.
Rather than a bulky tubular body, it uses a flat rectangular shape that carries flat in the pocket and is affixed with a well-designed deep carry pocket clip. At about 5.5 inches long and a little over 3 ounces, it’s a lot like having a folder clipped in your pocket. It has two run modes: constant on, which is 300 lumens; and a THRO (Temporarily Heightened Regulated Output) mode, which is 1,000 lumens.
It uses a side-mounted toggle switch. Just flip it forward with your thumb for constant on, and then press a little farther forward for momentary THRO mode. The switch also incorporates a small LED power indicator showing green for charged and red when it needs to be plugged in.
The Wedge has a three-hour run time, uses a rechargeable battery, and charges on-board with a common USB cable. The Wedge’s body is made from anodized aluminum and comes in black or coyote finishes.
Case: Machined aluminum alloy
Size: 5.46 x 0.60 x 1.00 inches
Weight: 3.3 ounces with battery
Lens: Tempered glass
LED: 50,000-hour lifetime
Light Output: 300 lumens
Throttle Mode Output: 1000 lumens
Run Time: 3.0 hours; 35-second bursts in Throttle mode