Fall has been pretty darn pleasant here in New England and the wave of gear for reviews ahead of the holidays has been great. Here is a sample of stuff I have been carrying.
This fall was pretty warm and so I got away with wearing shorts a lot longer than normal. The result was lighter than normal carry.
No two items I have owned go together better than these two do. For me, the Shamwari is utterly perfect in everyway. I love the 2.75 inch blade length and the Aeon is just a masterpiece. If I want to run an unfailing, thoughtless carry, this is it. In many ways, it reminds me of the notion Nick Shabazz talked about with me--great gear is boring. I don't have to worry about the edge or the battery life, these two just work incredibly well.
Name puns aside, this little light is a true gem. Its so tiny, so bright, and has the best QTC implementation I have ever seen. The threads are so fine that it allows for very fine tuned output, dialed in in incredibly small increments. I feel like if all QTC was this good, the industry would have switched over already. It is really the future--fewer parts, simpler, and precise. I am just not sure that anyone other than Steve Ku has implemented it this well.
It bears mentioning that this Light&Saber pair comes in at UNDER 1.5 ounces. You get a light AND a knife for around the same weight as a Dragonfly II. Unfortunately, the light is no longer available, but the UltraTac K18 Mini is a good alternative at a much lower price. It lacks the QTC, but it is still pretty good.
Its time for AG Russell to upgrade the Light'n Bug. This is an awesome knife, it feels like a much more expensive blade, but the 8Cr steel, even with the coating leaves something to be desired. With S35VN, which is also available in China, the Light'n Bug would compete quite well when the William Henry EDC-6 and the Mnandi--its that well made and that nice in the hand and pocket. I am still working on a review, but this knife has been a vexing thing to evaluate. It is truly greater than the sum of its parts, and given how the scoring system works, that is pretty hard to put into words.
I also like the monochromatic look in this picture. It is really cool. I hope my pictures are getting better since I launched the new site. I have taken more time with them. Let me know in the comments.