First off, I am a husband, dad, and lawyer. I live in Massachusetts and I love the Red Sox and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I am from Ohio and I miss the friendly people and wide open spaces. I like to be outside and when it is rainy, playing with my wife and son or in the workshop making something. I do almost exclusively woodworking. I love tools. I love the power and destructive force of a hammer drill, the shrill rip of a mitre saw, and the perfect edge of a freshly routed piece of wood.
I have been carrying helpful gadgets or tools since I was about 10. I got a Victorinox Super Tinker that year for my birthday. I also got a little tiny holster. Later I paired it with a Mag Solitaire and carried it on my belt everywhere I went. This was pre-Columbine, pre-9/11 and so a Swiss Army Knife (SAK for short) wasn't a weapon but a tool. I lost this little kit in Pittsburgh one year while visiting my grandmother. Later my Dad got me a Spyderco Delica on a trip out to Boston (coincidence) and I had that knife for a long, long time. It got me through a summer job in warehouse where I used it to cut boxes everyday.
I do not know a single thing about tactical stuff other than it is spelled "tactical" not "tacticool". I do not own a gun, though I wish I did and I strongly support the 2nd Amendment. I do not hunt, nor do I wish that I did. Knives, for me, are tools. They are not weapons, and that's how I look at them. Does this make me qualified to write a blog? Prolly not, but EVERYONE has a friggin' blog.
Flashlights are bit different. I have always had a flashlight. I remember the 2-D cell plastic one that sat next to my bed. I remember the Solitaire (of course) and then I remember getting a 2-AA cell light from Eddie Bauer that had rubber grips and a lockout tail cap. For a long time that was my go to light. It was like a Mag Light, but cooler. Flashlightreviews.com, the original not the current version (hence no link love), was a favorite read of mine in law school and I have kept up with flashlight technology ever since, though this past birthday was a high water mark as I finally landed a McGizmo, a Haiku XP-G. And it was worth the wait. As you can tell from the link, I love that light.
That is it. For now.
Next up my review of the Sebenza 21 Small with some commentary on knife reviewing...