Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Casio Dive Watch.....

I've had this particular watch for about a year and a half to two years, and I can't honestly say that I'd buy it again. I've had to change the battery once already, and though I did so it still has issues with the date wheel that I haven't been able to resolve. When I reset the date it gradually slows down and gets behind.
Part of this problem may be the jeweler's that I take all my watches to for new batteries. It may simply be that my jeweler isn't experienced with dive watches and somehow screws up the O-rings or something, but I'm not convinced. The same thing happened with a Timex diver, but for now I will attribute this lack of battery strength to my habit of buying relatively low-quality watches. If and when I get a higher-end diver (such as an automatic Seiko), I will let you all know whether the same thing happens.

I guess I shouldn't complain since the MSRP was listed at 160.00 and I got it for 45.00 shipped from Overstock.....

Here's a pic of my old Casio dive watch with its new Maratac Zulu 4-ring watchband:




Manufacturer's website: www.casio.com
Place of purchase: www.overstock.com
MSRP: 160.00
Berserker's Overall Rating: Three Stars out of five. This one's a beater, not a flawless timekeeper.

I would NOT recommend this to a watch-o-philic friend.
PMZ

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Spyderco Waved Endura 4.

Where to begin? This knife is so much better in so many ways that any other folder I've ever owned that I cannot find words suitable to express my gratitude toward Ernie Emerson and the Spyderco Company for their collaboration. Below are some pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Nearly 4-inch blade length is big enough for any folder-sized task.
  • 4-way reversible clip for a variety of carry positions.
  • VG-10 steel is tougher and needs honing less often than other inferior steels such as AUS-8.
  • Easily disassembled for deep cleaning/maintenance/pimping.
  • The Wave feature makes it super easy to open.
CONS:
  • It's pretty wide and non-PC, especially with the Emerson Wave opening. (Not something I usually worry about, but for those of us who do it's good to know).
  • The lockback locking mechanism isn't the easiest to adapt to after years of carrying linerlocks.
  • The beautiful mirror finish it comes with is easily marred when sharpening. This can of course be fixed with the proper polishing gear, which I do not have.
A few pics.....




This is a great knife for anyone who cannot afford a real Emerson knife, or for travel (to minimize loss if confiscated by foreign authorities or the TSA). With the VG-10 steel, it's the perfect knife for those of us who do not have hours to hone super hard alloys or to have to take time every weekend to sharpen super-soft steel.

Manufacturer's Website: www.spyderco.com
Cost: MSRP of 95.95. I got mine on Ebay from the Spydiguys for 52.00.
Berserker's Overall Rating: 5 Stars!

This product is vastly superior to all others in its class and is therefore Berserker-Endorsed.
PMZ

Friday, October 12, 2007

Mercop/Alpha Innovations Jaw Jacker Knuckledusters.....

Just a week or so ago I posted on the USN something along the lines of "If I had the money for Jaw Jackers, I'd get them" in reply to a poster who said they were a lot better than what I had.
Lo! and behold, BoerBoelGuy, out of the kindness of his heart, sent me a pair of JJs. I am astounded by how strong and lightweight they are--and comfortable. When I get home to my heavy bag on Thanksgiving Break, I will throw a few punches and see whether they're just as comfortable when actually striking something/someone.

Here's a few pics!




Manufacturer's Website: Alpha Innovations LLC
Designer's Review Page: Mercop's Review Page.
Price: $22.00 shipped.
Berserker's Overall Rating: FIVE STARS!

This product is Berserker Endorsed!
PMZ

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Countycomm EOD Bag by Maratac.

About two weeks ago I bought this small gearbag at the recommendation of dozens of folks on the USN. So far it's exceeded my expectations--in the extreme. Here's why.

PROS:
  • Heavy duty nylon--big time. This is no cheap-arse Wallie World bag.
  • The zipper is top-notch. There is virtually no chance of me being able to ruin this zipper. It's just that tough.
  • The snaps are very nice. I can't foresee wearing these out, at least not for years and years. Especially since I don't plan on attaching it to my other MOLLE pack in the imminent future.
  • It has an internal mesh divider and two mag-pouch type pockets for organizing almost anything imaginable, provided it's small.
  • The included shoulder strap is about 2" wide and cut out of heavy-duty nylon webbing, making it nice and comfy. It does not dig into your shoulder.
  • Repeat number 1.
CONS:
  • The only thing I can think to complain of is that it doesn't fit an 8.5" x 11" folder or notebook. This is easily remedied by using a smaller-sized notebook or Palm Pilot type device.
Some photos:




Retailers' websites: www.countycomm.com or www.lapolicegear.com
Price: It is on sale now for 16.99 plus shipping from both retailers. Get it while it's cheap!
Berserker's Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars.

This product is Berserker Endorsed!
PMZ

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Review of Siegle Custom Karambit.

About a year ago I participated in a Giveaway on the USN and won this Siegle Karambit from Belladeau. For a long while I didn't carry it, but about a week ago I opened my Box of Evil and found it in there with my tools. I thought, "What's the point in participating in GACs if I don't use what I win?" So I decided to give it a better home life and take it out for a test drive, so to speak. This review will focus mainly on factors other than edge retention, since I haven't used it to cut things on a regular basis.

For about a week I've been carrying it, and I must say that it's been a pleasure to carry. Very comfortable with the Tek-Loc fastener, which I attach to my belt. Below are some pros and cons:

PROS:
  • Very comfortable to carry. The flat, skeletonized design is lightweight and non-obtrusive. It (for the most part) does not rub me wrong and in fact tends to lay right against my side under my shirt, and does not print at all.
  • There is absolutely no rust on this knife after a week of being pressed against my side, against my sweaty skin. This is due to the ATS-34 steel which it is machined out of.
  • Very strong design--single piece of steel, cut and ground into the traditional Filipino "tiger claw" Karambit blade shape with finger-hole. There are no handle scales to come loose.
  • Kydex sheath that it came with is top-notch, for the most part. Comes with a Tek-Loc, too.
  • As far as I can tell, the selectively-hardened ATS-34 steel has great edge retention. I haven't cut anything (or anybody) with it but I did hone it when I received it and let me tell you it is a LOT harder to sharpen than your standard AUS6 or AUS8 steel! I've never had a knife with this quality of steel before. Good Stuff.
CONS:
  • There aren't many things that I would consider downfalls, in regards to this knife. The main thing that bothers me is the complete lack of extra grommets on the sheath, for use with a Mercharness. I suppose I could get a grommet-gun and do it myself but I don't trust myself, having never worked with Kydex before (only leather).
Some pics:






Maker's Website: http://www.geocities.com/siegleknives/
Price: Unknown. It must have been a one-off creation.
Berserker's Overall Rating: 5 Stars!

Bill Siegle knives are Berserker-Endorsed!
PMZ

Friday, September 14, 2007

Favorite New T-Shirt.....

Peace Through Superior Firepower T-shirt in OD. Comes in various other colors including Black, Coyote, Grey, and Navy Blue, in all sizes from womens' smalls to mens' XXXL.
Got it from this website....

Here's a pic or two........






Mine is in XXL and it fits perfectly over an Underarmor Loosegear T for concealment with a MercHarness.
I'm loving it!
PMZ

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Woolrich Elite Series Men's Pants.

Another thing I also recently bought was two pairs of the Woolrich Elite Pants, from different dealers in different colors (20% off during the recent Summer Sales event). They are now, bar none, my all-time favorite pants and I will be purchasing more in the future, for sure. Here's why: They're tough. And I mean it. HEAVY DUTY pants, these are. I'd also never thought that I'd be able to find another pair of BDU-type pants to rival the comfort of my old, standby Rothco BDUs. I have been pleasantly disabused.
Wearing these pants is like wearing clouds around your waist, due to the elastic sidebands that flex when you do. See below for a summarization of the Pros and Cons....

PROS:
  • They're tough.
  • They're comfy.
  • They've got plenty of strategically-placed pockets--DEEP pockets that will not empty themselves of your gear when you sit down or bend over.
  • Teflon finish, to prevent (for a time, till the finish washes out) stains from appearing on your brand-new pair of pants.
CONS:
  • None, so far as I can tell.



SPECS (taken from retailer's website):

The Woolrich Elite Series men’s pant offers long lasting durability, function and comfort. Elite Series pant is made with rugged 8.5 ounce 100% cotton canvas that will stand up to continuous use. The fabric is reactive dyed in order to ensure a superior level of fade resistance. To further enhance durability, the fabric is treated with DuPont Teflon® fabric protector. This offers a breathable, durable barrier that repels both water and oil based spills. Last but not least, the pant is garment-washed for a soft, broken in feel.

You can carry a myriad of items/gear with ten strategically located multi-use pockets, including two hidden back pockets, two cargo pockets and two utility pockets. All critical seams have double-needle stitching and bar-tacking at stress points. The waist band features side elastic panels for all-day comfort and freedom of movement. There is a concealed brass zipper front fly along with a metal tack-button closure for strength and reliability. The reinforced belt loops will accommodate belts up to 2 inches wide.

Features:
1) Tack-Button Closure
2) Comfort Waist with Elastic Side Panels
3) Front Pockets (2)
4) Utility Pockets with nylon liner (2)
5) Cargo Pockets (2)
6) Double wall construction at seat & knee. Knee has an inside opening for padding (not included).
7) Metal D-Ring
8) Reinforced Belt Loops
9) Wallet/ID Pockets (2)
10) Oversized Back Pockets (2)

Fabric Specifications:
• 8.5 oz 100% cotton canvas, reactive dyed and garment-washed
• DuPont Teflon® Fabric Protector
• Double-needle stitching and bar-tacking at stress points.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash warm with like colors. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry, remove promptly. Warm iron as desired.


Manufacturer's website: www.backyardoutfitter.com/Index.htm
Price: I got mine for 20% off during the Summer Sales event, so I saved some moolah. But, you can still find them for about 45.00-50.00, depending on where you get them.
Berserker's Overall Rating: 5.0 Stars out of 5.

For the best in BDU/tactical operator clothing, go with Woolrich Elite!
PMZ

Rotring Newton 600 Series Ballpoint Pen Review.

A few weeks ago I bought a Rotring pen (old model) at about 60-70% off the retail price from an Ebay seller.
It arrived at my college addy on time and was waiting on me when I got back.
I've given it about a week (I normally give each piece of gear I buy about a week at minimum before doing a review).
I've used it for taking notes in classes.
I've used it to write grocery lists.
I've used it.
And I must say; I've never had a pen quite like it.
The Old style of Rotring pens had checkered finger grips, which evidently were too hard on the soft fingertips of business executives everywhere, so the Rotring company (located in Germany) gave it another try with this pen design (smooth grips).

PROS:
  • Hefty but not excessively thick.
  • Writes smoothly with included ballpoint insert or Parker brand standard pen refills.
  • Graceful lines and characteristic "Red Ring" ("Rotring" means "red ring" in German) mark this as a real Rotring pen, making it a good choice for the traveling businessman who wants to make a good impression on co-workers and higher-ups.
CONS:
  • "New" style of smooth-sided, round grips tends to slide in my hand rather than providing the grippiness that the "Old" style of Rotrings would have (with their knurled grips).





SPECS: Milled brass barrel, steel fittings and red plastic ring. Heavy-duty clip. Accepts standard Parker Ballpoint Pen Refills.


Manufacturer's Website: www.rotring.com
Price: I got mine for roughly 30.00; MSRP on a Newton 600 Series pen is much higher.
Berserker's Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5. You can't get much better than this!


Go get one!
PMZ

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Fred Perrin Sap Wallet, (size large).

After roaming the internet for a long while, I've found some neat resources, including sites selling the products designed by Mr. Fred Perrin, who focuses on producing items that can be "hidden in plain view," so to speak. Tools that can be used for self defense without fear of violating known laws, for the most part. He's a brilliant man and I hope to meet him someday.

Some time last Fall I bought a Perrin Defense Wallet (also known as a sap wallet) in size large from Laci Szabo of Szabo Incorporated. It is just about the only self defense product that is exempt from weapons bans in EVERY corner of the world. It serves a legitimate purpose other than SD (as a wallet/change purse), and so there's not much anyone can charge you for if you have to smack their deadbeat family member over the head with it.

Here's some pros and cons:

PROS:
  • It's made of heavy-duty garment leather, and stitched well to prevent spillages.
  • It has a space for credit cards and cash, one on each side of the wallet.
  • It has enough room for about 10-12.00 in quarters on the inside. If one so chooses, one could get one of those little plastic keychain changeholders, fill it with quarters, and then slide it into the credit-card spot (to reduce jingling and flatten the package).
  • It's simple to use: Just fill with quarters, ID cards, and cash, fold tail under and over your belt and snap the cuff closure around the loose end. If you need quick access to it in an emergency headbreaking situation, just quickly unsnap the cuff closure and yank the wallet from under your belt.
  • It's legal everywhere.

CONS:
  • At nearly 60.00 shipped, it's a bit on the expensive side for a few pieces of leather sewn together. I'm willing to accept that; some may not be. I could probably make one myself, but it wouldn't look as cool and be as "bulletproof" so to speak. But to each his own.

Manufacturer/Designer: Fred Perrin.
Price: Anywhere from 45.00 to 55.00, depending on where you get it.
Link: www.szaboinc.com
Berserker's Overall Rating: 5 STARS!

This product is Berserker-Endorsed and will be for all time.
PMZ

IMCO Triplex Super Lighter Review.

For about three years, I've carried an Imco brand lighter, for whatever ignition tasks I may have at hand. This is a review of those lighters (a 2 pack of Triplex Supers from the Sportsman's Guide).

PROS:
  • This is a pipe lighter--it has a removable "fuel tank" with which you can light a pipe (or campfire--anything that requires "distance" from your hand and the ability to tip the flame like a candle).
  • It is windproof, as long as you have the "chimney slide" type thing choked up and the wick trimmed.
  • It is remarkably fuel-efficient, due to its unique fuel tank cap and built-in snuffer that seals around the top of the tank when closed.
  • It is lightweight. I think it's either made of steel or tin, but whatever it is, it's light.
  • It is easily maintained--all you ever have to do is replace the flints (and wicks, periodically. It accepts Zippo brand wicks in a pinch). Replacing the flints is much easier than it is on a Zippo; all you have to do is press on the release catch on the bottom and swing out the innards, which remain in one piece (no stupid tiny little screws to lose).
  • Using it always seems to impress friends and coworkers--it just has a neat, swing-out ignition method that always catches people's attention. So if you want to look cool, buy these lighters.

CONS:
  • It rusts easily if exposed to water and not dried thoroughly.
  • It has "poky" corners that can be uncomfortable and can tear holes in thin pockets.
  • If it gets soaked in a stream, it won't work till you let it dry out completely, and then it will probably only work for a little while due to the fluid being washed out/diluted by the water.




Manufacturer: IMCO Corporation, Vienna, Austria.
Price: 12.00- 20.00 from various sellers.
Berserker's Overall Rating: All in all, I'd give this product a 4.5-star rating. The benefits far outweigh the detriments.
Sold by: www.sportsmansguide.com, among others.

Well, what are you waiting for?! Go GET one (or two)!
PMZ

Monday, July 30, 2007

Timberline Lightfoot Design Mini-Pitbull Review

I've been very fortunate to have won several giveaways from other folks on the USN and I'm quite happy with everything they've sent me. One of these prizes was a Timberline Knives Lightfoot Design Mini-Pitbull. It's an excellent example of a high-quality, super-beefy production fixed blade. This knife is one of the best (probably THE best) production-grade fixed blade knife that I've ever owned. And now I do, thanks to my friends on the USN.
Here's my review of it!

PROS:
  • Compact.
  • Lightweight.
  • BEEFY. Everything about this knife shouts "Quality."
  • Utilitarian.
  • Inexpensive (for a knife this good).

CONS:
  • Bead-Blasted finish is, once again, a rust-magnet.
  • Although the ads claim it comes with a kydex sheath, the sheath material isn't really kydex. It's just molded ABS plastic. I've heard of retention issues some people experienced with this knife, but I haven't had a problem. The sheath I have holds it nice and tightly.

Some pics....


Note the strip of duct tape I wrapped around the sheath where the pocket clip slides in (for comfort).......


Cutting through a doubled up cardboard box proved effortless....


Saber grip......


Showing the awesomely done contours......


A small amount of pressure drove this knife right into the wallboards....

From another angle.....


SPECS:
OAL: 6.6"
BL: 3.0"
Materials: AUS-6 SS blade, "G10-textured" Zytel handle scales, Torx screws (to hold it together). Full-tang construction.
Price: 39.99 MSRP.
Manufacturer's Product Page: http://www.gatcosharpeners.com/product/fixedblades/pitbull.mgi?mgiToken=26F8F203995178444B
Berserker's Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars out of Five.

This product is Most Definitely Berserker-Endorsed.
PMZ

Camillus Quickdraw Boot Knife Review......

Here's another pointy, sharp object that I adore (and carry daily!).
It's a Camillus Quickdraw boot knife. Camillus just closed down its operations and is liquidating its stock since last year, I believe. Therefore, I decided to grab one of these while I still had a chance.
This knife comes with a Kydex sheath, but, being a factory-molded sheath the retention was terrible. So I have to warn you--if you buy this knife, you're probably going to want to have a custom sheath made for it like I did. Try Philthy on the USN. He's great. Or Lifter, if you prefer a leather product. (www.liftersleather.com). But in any case, make sure that you're comfortable with the sheath features and retention.

This knife is rather thin-bladed and very lightweight. It is nothing compared to a custom job, but I do not have the money for a custom knife at the moment and wanted a knife that I could use for SD if I had to, without fearing to lose it forever to the forensics guys at the local police station. (People who kill or even maim an attacker in self defense rarely get their weapons back from their local PD). It comes in two sizes, medium and large (I have the medium-sized model) and is coated in a matte-black non-glare finish.

PROS:
  • It's lightweight.
  • It's made of Stainless steel.
  • It's double edged (in some states this is not legal, check your local laws before buying).
  • It's compact, but with enough gusto to gut a garrulous, garbage-picking crackhead.
  • It's CHEAP. I may have paid 30 or 40 dollars for this, tops. Add in 30.00 for the custom sheath and it comes out to 70.00 max. Not something you'd cry over losing (well, I would but most wouldn't).
CONS:
  • The blade is thin--very thin. Don't attempt to throw this knife at a tree or stab through a 50-gallon drum. You'll snap it in two, full-tang though it is. It won't survive.
  • It's non-Sheeple friendly, (non-PC). It's a weapon--nothing more, nothing less. There's nothing "pretty" about it; this is a mean-looking knife. It's made for tasting flesh--nothing else. If you live in a state where double-edgers are illegal, there's nothing stopping a police officer from citing you for having it or simply confiscating it. And you won't convince him that it's a utility knife--he will know better. A knife that you no longer own will do you no good in a mugging or raping. You've been warned.
  • The sheath is crap--no lie. The boot/belt clip is a good thick hunk of steel and the Kydex is pretty thick, but otherwise it just sucks. It's not a sheath that I'd rely on to stay where I put it. Plus, it has only one grommet/eyelet for lashing/rigging with a Mercharness.
  • Repeat number two.
  • Repeat number three.
Here's some fotos:


Here it is sheathed, with my homemade adaptation of the Mercleash (for IWB carry).

The blade is bared!

The edge is scary-sharp, especially after I honed it recently. I never use it for utility purposes, so it never dulls. It'll be there when I need it. See how it pushed through the foam? I only used light finger pressure and it sank right in.


And with a bit more pressure, into the corner wallboards.

Icepick grip,

And Reverse grip.


SPECS:
OAL: 7.0"
BL: 3.125"
Materials: SS matte-coated blade, Valox handle scales, Full-Tang construction. Comes with multi-position Kydex sheath with removeable belt/boot clip.
Price: Anywhere from 25.00 to 45.00 USD, depending on seller.
Berserker's Overall Rating: 4.0 Stars out of Five.

I endorse this product as an affordable, yet efficient edged SD tool, when accompanied by a custom-molded Kydex sheath to fit.
PMZ

Sunday, July 29, 2007

CRKT M16-13Z Review

Well, I noticed when I looked at my blog today that it seems devoid of pointy, edgy things. So I've decided to give a review of my most commonly used and carried knives, starting with the CRKT M16.
I bought this knife about six months ago, in the dead of the winter while living in Western NY State. I've carried no other folder since then. It has become my favorite EDC folder--of all time. Here's a few reasons why, with photos to accompany them.

PROS:
  • Solid lockup. And I mean SOLID. When it becomes loose or wobbly, just tighten the pivot screw with a flat tip screwdriver.
  • BEEFY build. BEEFY. This thing is not your everyday "Wallyworld special" cheapo plastic and aluminum job, this is a great knife for the price. The liners are quality steel, cut thick and flush with the handles, and the scales themselves are of a nice texture that aids in retention. And though some complain that the Zytel handles on the model I own are too thick and bulky for their pockets (usually the people who prefer the thinner profile of aluminum handle scales), all I have to say to them is "well, it fits my hand better, it's grippier, and it's cheaper. Did you ever try to hold onto an aluminum-handled knife when it's slick with water, sweat, or blood, or when it's negative 10 degrees outside?" Most people don't argue that point.
  • It has AUS series steel for the blade material. Most knives in this price range are either 420 stainless or carbon steel, not AUS. And though CRKT recently dropped their production standards a hair by producing this (and other) knives in AUS-4 rather than AUS-6 or AUS-8, I don't care. It's better than the alternative, and it's easy to sharpen. If you do it right, you don't have to worry about the edge not lasting long enough for you to have a chance to hone it again before you next need it.
  • Spearpoint blade--I love spearpointers. Tanto blades that can "stab through a car hood" or "pierce body armor" are not something I really need or care for. They're attractive (I won't dispute that) and although I've owned one or two in the past I don't really like them. The grinds are easier to bugger up with a careless swipe of the whetstone, and most don't have enough "belly" to the blade shape to accomplish everyday cutting tasks quickly and efficiently. At least, that's MY take on it, for what it's worth.
  • Heavy-duty pocket clip--I've not yet been able to accidentally bend this clip--it just doesn't happen. Other knives I've damaged in this way by catching the clip on a door, couch, etc., but not this one. It's as indestructible a clip as you're going to find on any other low-cost production folder.

CONS:
  • The bead blasted finish on this knife is a certifiable rust magnet. There's nothing I can do to prevent this except to clean and coat it once in a while with some WD-40 or other type of rust preventative. Silicone would probably work, too. On most of my knives and other tools I use what's called "White Lightning." It's a dry wax lube that repels, rather than attracts dirt. But when I put it on this knife, it gunked up (I think because of the LAWKS supplemental safety feature). All I have to say is that if you buy this knife, you're going to want to keep it dry. And I mean BONE-dry. Don't, for instance, dump it into the pocket of a sopping wet pair of pants and leave it till the next morning. This, like all other knives of this type of finish, needs periodical maintenance and attention. Expect to see a few light spots here and there, but don't fret--they're the beauty spots of cutlery. Give it love, and it will love you. "Have you loved your knife today?"
  • This knife is almost impossible for me to open safely using the thumbstud. If I use the thumbstud, my thumb almost invariably ends up on the serrations (NOT a good thing). This is due to the fact that there isn't much of a "cutout" or "choil" where your thumb is able to rest behind the stud before flipping it open. To circumvent this, I have taken to using the flipper. This is a faster method anyway, so it doesn't bother me. In fact, I'd rather use the flipper than the stud. It's pretty neat looking and inspires looks of awe and "ooohs" from bystanders when I whip it out to cut tape or cord. (Either oohs or expressions of horror, depending on the audience).
  • This doesn't apply to my knife, but since last year the new model of this knife includes the new LAWKS (Lake and Walker Knife Safety)--AutoLAWKS. Some people really hate this feature on the new M16s, and would rather go with another manufacturer than carry a knife that locks in two different ways the moment the blade is deployed. Some say it's nearly impossible to learn to safely close the new models one-handedly (and that's pretty sad, considering the fact that it's a one-hand opening knife). So if you're thinking of buying this knife and think that would bother you, try to find the old model (the one I have in the photos). It'll be pretty hard to find one now--but look for the plain LAWKS switch with no red plastic insert in the knob. If you find one online that has a photo of the LAWKS mechanism and it has the red knob, call the retailer and ask about it. If it has the red knob, it's AutoLAWKS. If it's plain, it's the original LAWKS mechanism.
All right, here's the photos......

Showing how thick and beefy each and every part of the knife is......



Reverse grip......


I sliced through this clamshell packaging material in no time at all!


A view of the clip-side.......

And of the other......


Cutting through double layers of a cardboard box with ease.....


And sticking into the corner boards.........

Materials: 420J2 SS Interframe liners, AUS-6M SS blade, Zytel handle scales, Teflon washer at pivot point, Adjustable pivot screw, Torx fasteners (to hold it all together).
OAL: 8.25"
BL: 3.5"
Price: 30.00 at Wal-Mart on up to 50.00 from online retailers.
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.crkt.com/
Berserker's Overall Rating: Five Stars.

For an unbeatable knife at an unbeatable price, buy from the CRKT-M16Z series!
PMZ

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rayovac Goodness (at last)......

I also picked up a Rayovac brand flashlight from Kmart/Sears within the past month or two and was pleasantly surprised. I don't know what exactly has happened to the folks up at the R+D Dept. in the Rayovac Corporation, but whatever it is is good for us gearhounds!

It's a 1-watt High Beam model (it also comes in 3-watt, but I had no idea at the time). It utilizes Luxeon LEDs, which are some of the best (they rank right in there with Cree LEDs). The body of this flashlight is made of milled aluminum, (not cast alum) and is coated in a nice, Hard-Anodized finish.
The beam is white and clear, and has plenty of throw. It's a 2AA cell light. Below are some pics.....


This one is more suitable for accompaniment with a handgun, for tactical use due to its longer length and single-clickie button (however, to fully engage the beam you must twist the tailcap to the right. Otherwise you have to keep pressure on the tailbutton. So really I suppose it's not a true single-clickie).


And here's a photo of the beam produced by the Rayovac High Beam in a darkened room. Pretty nice, eh?


All in all, I'd give this one a 4.0, mainly for the weird required illumination method.
Otherwise, this one is good to go!

Manufacturer: Rayovac. Follow this link to the product description: http://www.rayovac.com/flashlight/lux2aa1w-b.shtml
Price: 19.00 at Kmart/Sears stores near you.
Berserker's Overall Rating: 4.0 Stars out of 5.

Go get one!
PMZ

Jetbeam MKII-X (outperforms the rest)......

In the last post I mentioned a "rather expensive tactical flashlight" (the reason for me buying a discount MOLLE pack). Here's a review of the Jetbeam MKII-X, or Cree edition (with Cree High-Intensity LEDs).

I bought it from TADgear (I had bought from them before and had heard only good things about them and their customer service, so I decided to do so again). I was pleasantly surprised, along with the light itself and the TIC (tactical impact crown) came a HEAVY duty nylon horizontal belt sheath, which the TAD guys sent me for only five bucks extra.

There's an old adage that states "A picture is worth a thousand words." I'm going to follow that advice and drop a few photos of my Jetbeam.


Here's a shot for size comparison......

And a metric conversion for my European gear-whore brethren......




And a desk shot........



Here's a shot of the beam straight on (although that doesn't prove anything really).



And here's a close-up. Note the TIC (impact bezel) and TAD belt sheath with velcro belt-attachment loops. (Works great on MOLLE, too:).





Here you can see a shot of the beam, from a crouch in a darkened room. There's a center spot, and then a flower petal shaped outer ring (which results from the TIC attachment).



PROS:
  • EXTREMELY high output-to-battery ratio. See Manufacturer's Specs below.
  • Small and lightweight (especially with lithium AA cell, which also increases output and runtime).
  • Nearly indestructible.
  • More modes than anybody would know what to do with, including variable percentage outputs and even two or three strobe modes and an SOS mode.
  • Comes with several accessories (such as small, sturdy keychain/belt sheath, lanyard, O-rings, and two or three different colored tailswitch covers).
  • You can buy and attach a TIC (tactical impact crown) from TADgear to use it as a last-resort eye-socket installer. (For self-defense, in other words).

CONS:
  • VERY SHORT. NOT suitable for a weapons light to accompany a handgun, due to its short length.
  • Double-Clickie--some people really hate this feature. Rather than a simple on-off single-clickie function tailswitch, this one comes with a double-clickie type switch--to accommodate the advanced mode (not really necessary for most people). Would make it hard for most people to use as a weapons light due to the fact that you'd have to click it on, then off. There's no in-between setting. (You couldn't, for instance, press down on the tailswitch with your thumb and produce a blinding beam, without clicking it all the way in and then having to click it off). Some lights you can do this with (my Dorcy Kmart special does this very well) but the single-clickie feature is not really necessary for most folks, at least, only if you're planning on using it for clearing buildings with a SWAT team or something. Just a thought.
  • Repeat number 1.
SPECS (Pulled from Manufacturer's website):

Jet-I AA MK IIx NAT

So Light . So Bright . Clear Sight

  • Model: JET-I MK.II X Ver 1.2
    Spring attached at the bezel side, just like the MKII, bezel sealed
    Lamp Type: CREE 7090 XR-E
    Maximum Output: 150 Lumens
    Reflector: Textured aluminum reflector
    Lens: Sapphire crystal
    Material: T6061 aircraft grade aluminum
    Finish: HA III NAT or HA III BLACK [TESTED: 55μM

    (+-5%) Hardness 450HV]
    Battery Type: AA or any AA-size battery
    Circuit: 0.7V-4.2V

    Circuit Function:

    General Mode: Medium brightness – Lowest brightness
    – Maximum brightness – Strobe (12Hz)
    – standby

    Advanced Mode: 10 levers of output & 6 special functions
    Switch: On/Off Tail cap Switch
    Water Resistance: 30 ft.
    Dimension: Bezel diameter 19.5mm, Tail diameter
    18mm, Long 90mm
    Weight: 40g (excluding batteries)
    Optional Accessories: 2AA extension tube

    Brightness/Functions Switching

    The preset initial status of the flashlight is general mode of medium brightness. Soft press onto the switch at the tail cap allows alternation of brightness/functions according to the sequence of “medium brightness → lowest brightness → maximum brightness → strobe → standby”; and the whole sequence recurs in cycles. After switched off the flashlight for 2 seconds, the default settings resume, and the flashlight will enter general mode of medium brightness when being switched on again.

    More Functions (Advanced Mode)

    With simple operations of circuit switch between general mode and advanced mode, JET-I MK.II X exhibits a variety of specialized functions.

    Initiating the Advanced Mode

    When the flashlight is being operated in general mode, switch it to “lowest brightness” condition and turn off the flashlight. Wait for 2 seconds, then turn on the flashlight again, that activates the advanced mode. The advanced mode comprises 10 brightness levels and 5 special functions, with details shown in the following diagram.

    The operation of brightness/functions alternation is the same as that in general mode.

    100% > Strobe(15hz) > 5% > 20% > 30% >40% >50% > 60% >70% >80% >90% > Strobe(5hz) > SOS (100%) > SOS(5%) > standby
Please refer to our product description and specification for details.

I'm going to give this light a 4.5 star Overall rating. It's a great light (especially considering it only costs 70.00/give or take a bit). It's pretty miniscule (which is the first reason I'm taking away .5 stars. The other reason is the double-clickie (it doesn't really bother me, but it would bother some folks so that's why I'm taking it into account).

This and all other Jetbeam and Fenix products are Berserker-Endorsed and will be for as long as the manufacturer maintains its standards.
For a solid little super-bright LED flashlight that's cheaper than a Surefire, buy Jetbeam!

Price (with TIC and belt sheath): 102.00
Price (without TIC and belt sheath): 70.95
Sold Exclusively by: www.tadgear.com

PMZ