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