Gear Review: Exotac fireSLEEVE



When the Kickstarter campaign for the Exotac fireSLEEVE was announced, I knew I had to participate. A waterproof case for the ubiquitous Bic lighter seemed like a no brainer. The Bic is dependable and can be found nearly anywhere, but the striker needs to be protected from moisture if you want it to work. So I plunked down my pledge on day one of the campaign and have been waiting eagerly for them to be completed ever since.

I’ve carried an Exotac nanoSTRIKER on my keychain for years and it has been great so I had no qualms about backing the company. Now that the product has finally arrived it is time to verify just how waterproof these little buggers are. Continue reading

Review: Allen Putman G10 Scales for Bencmhade Griptilian and Mini-Griptilian



I’ve been carrying a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian for years. I’m especially a fan of the Doug Ritter versions. They are solid knives, and Benchmade’s Axis Lock is a joy to use. Recently I got the urge to upgrade the stock plastic handles to these G10 beauties by Allen Putman Blade Scales. They are a bit pricey, but worth it, especially for the full-size knives.

My review is online now at