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