Check out these amazing new products featured in September 2021 issue of American Outdoor Guide Boundless.
With fall right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gearing up for hunting seasons and more trips into the backcountry.
This month, we’ve curated a variety of new products that are sure to make your adventures more enjoyable. As always, we have a variety of knives—from fixed blades to folders—as well as training opportunities, cookware and water purification tools to round out the collection of new products.
WC Knives Master Bushman
In a world in which it can be hard to tell a custom knife from a production knife, WC Knives products stand apart from the crowd. Their unique designs are created with specific intent and purpose and are made to work exceptionally well.
The Master Bushman follows this design philosophy and is made from either 5/32-inch Nitro V stainless or CPM 3-V tool steel. The 4-inch blade combines a combination of Scandi and saber grinds with an easy-to-continuous edge profile. The handle is designed for comfort in a variety of grips and is available in multiple materials and other options. I own this knife and it has fast become a favorite when I’m heading into the backcountry!
Based in Virginia, Dylan McCoun began his forging career at the young age of 8 under the expert tutelage of his father. Today, Dylan hand-forges a variety of hard-use tomahawks and knives designed to do serious work.
Featured here is the McCoun Scout Tomahawk. It’s forged from 4140 1-inch square stock and features a 3.5- to 4-inch blade and a hardened hammer poll. The 16-inch handle is made from premium-grade hickory that’s been charred and sealed. The handle is wrapped with jute twine to protect it from damage, and the head is secured with a flush-fit wedge to ensure a tight, secure fit. Each Scout is delivered with a leather sheath.
The ZT 0235 provides those who want legendary ZT quality in a “gentleman’s folder” package. Weighing in at only 1.8 ounces, the 0235 features a 2.6-inch blade made from CPM 20CV steel. When closed, the knife measures only 3.8 inches, expanding to 6.3 inches when open.
The handles are made from carbon fiber and are fitted with a blue-anodized aluminum backspacer. The slipjoint design utilizes dual ball bearings for controlled opening and closing. A short, deep-carry pocket clip ensures the knife is secure and ready at a moment’s notice.
Luna Tech Industries partnered with renowned knife designer Jason Brous to offer the 4-inch Brous Fixed Blade tactical knife. Its 4-inch clip-point blade is made from tough D2 steel and features full tang construction. Handles are made from black G10 that’s been 3D-machined for grip and comfort. Each blade comes with a molded Kydex sheath and multi-position spring steel belt/MOLLE clip.
Off Grid Knives specializes in providing high-quality, hard-use knives for a reasonable price. The Tracker-X was designed to fill the role of an extreme-use survival, bushcraft, camp and hunting knife. Made from a solid piece of 5mm-thick, cryogenically treated D2 tool steel, the Tracker-X is as tough as they come.
The 4.98-inch Blackwash blade features a high saber grind, a reinforced tip and plenty of belly for food prep and game processing. The handles are tough Micarta with a snakeskin texture for extra grip. Each Tracker-X is delivered with a customizable Kydex sheath that provides multiple carry options.
The Leek has been a mainstay of the Kershaw lineup for as long as I can remember. New for 2021, Kershaw has refreshed this iconic EDC knife with a new blade design. The Random Leek still features a contoured, stainless steel handle with an integrated frame lock, reversible, stainless steel pocket clip and SpeedSafe assisted opening via an integrated flipper. The new blade is made from premium Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel and features a reverse tanto design, optimized for cutting open boxes and other EDC chores.
Stitched Gear Outfitters is well-known for producing extremely high-quality, handmade leather goods. This company is owned and operated by Randy Smith, and its products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The Cheyenne is a new offering in the company’s belt lineup.
Each belt is hand cut from 14- to 16-ounce English bridle leather. Color-accented overlays are cut from the same material. Buckle choices include stainless, brass or both and come with matching Chicago screws. Color choices include a mixture of tan, chocolate and medium brown in a variety of combinations.
Sometimes, carrying a fixed-blade survival knife isn’t practical. Off Grid Knives recognizes this and created the Rhino Blackout folding knife in response.
The 3.5-inch D2 blade is cryogenically treated for toughness. The blade features an integral flipper tab and rides on ball bearing washers. Lockup is achieved with a linerlock mechanism that’s housed in black, textured G10 handles. The handles are radiused for comfort and are designed to accommodate even extra-large-sized hands. The Rhino weighs 6.6 ounces and is secured in the pocket using a deep-carry clip.
The Ruger 10/22 is iconic—both for its reliability and versatility. New for 2021 is the Gray Magpul Edition 10/22. This rifle features an all-new Gray Magpul X-22 Backpacker stock that includes an integrated grip storage compartment, a hinged buttstock storage compartment and a unique, locking interface to store the detached barrel for transport. Takedown of the rifle is quickly achieved via the tool-less takedown lever and twist-lock mechanism. This rifle includes a scope base adapter for use with weaver rings, and the muzzle of the barrel is threaded to accept most suppressor systems.
The MSR WindBurner Stove System Combo is one of the most efficient and capable cooking systems for the backcountry. Featuring a 2.5-liter sauce pot and an 8-inch skillet—each with a new, ceramic-coated nonstick surface—this kit is the perfect solution for cooking for larger groups. The patented radiant burner is enclosed by the heat-capturing ring on the cooking vessels, ensuring faster cook times and high efficiency. The entire system is designed to nest together and has enough room to include an 8-ounce fuel canister.
SRM Knives and Tools is a relative newcomer to the EDC market. Its SRM 9202-GW features a 3.5-inch D2 steel blade that’s been cryogenically treated for edge retention and toughness. The blade rides in dual ball-bearing washers for ultra-smooth deployment. Handles are sculpted and textured G10 with skeletonized stainless steel liners. A generous G10 backspacer provides traction and handle rigidity. Lockup is achieved by an ambidextrous bar lock. Despite its size, the 9202 weighs only 3.4 ounces, making it an outstanding EDC option.
The Outdoor Vitals Ventus Hoodie is a revolutionary advancement in lightweight insulation. This hoodie weighs a mere 7 ounces and uses a new synthetic insulation called “3DeFX+” that provides the warmth of 16 ounces of standard fleece. The shell is made from 20D ripstop nylon that’s been treated for water and bacterial resistance. It has a quarter-zip YKK front zipper, dropback hem, stretch cuffs and thumb loops. Perforated underarm vents assist in keeping the garment breathable. The Ventus is available in black, blue and olive and is specifically sized and cut for both men and women.
MSR is no newcomer to water filtration and purification. Its new Guardian Gravity Purifier starts with a ruggedized, 10L dirty-water reservoir that’s easy to fill from a variety of raw water sources. The filter is rated to remove at least 99.9 percent of viruses, bacteria and protozoa, as well as filtering sediment and microplastics. Its two-stage filter includes activated carbon to remove chemicals, unpleasant tastes and odors. An integrated purge hose allows for easy cleaning, with no back-flushing required. When set at its optimal height, the Guardian will filter up to 1 liter within two minutes.
The Benchmade 375 Adamas fixed-blade tactical knife’s been the premier choice of fixed blades for soldiers, law enforcement and anyone looking for a lightweight, rugged, fixed-blade utility knife. However, its cord-wrapped handle doesn’t appeal to everyone. TP Custom Grips has created a lineup of precision-made, bolt-on grips for the 375 Adamas. Each set is CNC-machined from either Micarta, G10 or carbon fiber. Grips are offered in a variety of patterns, textures and colors and are fully radiused for comfort. Each set includes stainless steel hardware that ensures a tight, secure fit. The grips fit both old and new Adamas models and are compatible with the factory sheath.
Luna Tech created the Pocket Light to provide a long-duration, convenient light source for those times you need it most. The Pocket Light runs on three AAA alkaline batteries and provides 150 lumens of light. Runtime is up to 10 hours. Measuring only 7.75×4.25×0.5 inches and weighing 4 ounces, the Pocket Light can be easily carried in a pocket, handbag, backpack or wherever it’s most needed. Its exterior is rubber coated to increase durability and provide a good gripping surface. The light includes a convenient magnetic clip on its back so it can be attached to a variety of surfaces and materials.
The new Gen3 Mobility GoBag has been fully redesigned and is better than ever. This bag uses a modular, seatback panel system that includes multiple hook-and-loop pouches that can be easily removed when needed. The system is also MOLLE compatible to allow full customization with other accessory pouches. Additionally, the entire pack can be removed from the seatback and converted into a backpack, ensuring all of your gear will be available should you need to leave your vehicle behind.