Two Rivers Knife Co: Bushcraft Blade

When the average person thinks about what a “survival” knife would look like, one conjures up images of large “Rambo” style blades with saw backs and gimmicky storage compartments or even grappling hooks. Seriously, grappling hooks! Unless you’re Adam West or Burt Ward as Batman and Robin scurrying up a wall, let’s go ahead and take this option off the table before we start. The point is, these are mostly images from what people see in movies dreamed up by Hollywood prop masters to capture an audience’s attention. These style blades are put into mass production because fan boys buy them as fast as they can be made with no intention other than to wave them around online in hopes of gaining some sort of odd “credibility” for owning one.

For those who have ever truly hiked miles carrying gear, you will know ounces become pounds quickly. Likewise, for anyone who has done time in the woods camping or bushcrafting, you realize a smaller knife is far more useful in everyday chores than a large bowie.  Real outdoorsmen know the value of a good quality, small blade.

As a huge proponent of seeking out local talent around my home in Jacksonville, Florida, I discovered Two Rivers Knife Co, founded by an avid outdoorsman, John Galeani earlier this year. Over the following few weeks, I had the pleasure of getting to know John and find out more about the custom knives he makes. It didn’t take long to see John was clearly cut from the same cloth as those men I trust to know what’s really needed for survival in the wild. Whether its building blades and listening to the feedback from the diehard end users or making his way through mountain trails on vacation in western North Carolina bushcrafting, John continually studies the needs of survival and works it into the knives he creates.

Last month I had the good fortune of receiving a blade for review from them. Immediately, as I viewed it, I was pleased at the knife design that arrived. To the untrained eye, the knife wasn’t shiny, high polished or a safe queen. To those who know what a real bushcrafting knife should be, the everyday carry (EDC) knife John sent was beautiful! Everything about its brushed forge finished high carbon 1084 steel blade and oil finished walnut handle screamed “Let’s get to work!”. Measuring approximately 8“ overall length with a 3.5“ razor sharp blade, the knife fit my hand perfectly. The stainless steel pins were smooth as glass, inset into the scales perfectly to the point I could not feel them at all when handling the knife. The knife was housed in a simple, no-frills Kydex sheath that allowed a quick draw of the blade while still retaining it well when being carried and even shaken upside down.

As a longtime fan of both bushcrafting and pioneer firearms such as black powder rifles, my first thought on the EDC was it was very similar to the classic patch knife that is very popular in those circles. Although the Two Rivers blade was a slightly larger than a traditional patch knife used for cutting the patch used as wadding for the lead ammo used in black powder rifles, both knives were meant to be used for every day utility task such as peeling apples, cutting meat, making traps etc.

Too add to the frontier effect, I reached out to the skilled craftsmen at Northwest Traders for one of their beautiful leather neck sheaths. While I liked the Kydex sheath that arrived with the Two Rivers knife and it performed well on the belt, I do like a neck carry option for a utility blade. When it comes to period correct sheaths, Northwest Traders is well known for their beautiful work. Just handling this knife and sheath made me eager to get to our semi-famous training grounds affectionally known as “The Swamp”.

Much to my delight, it was only a matter of days before I could get out to the bushcrafting area of our training grounds to put the Two Rivers knife through the paces. I started with a bit of feathering sticks for future fire starters. The handle gave me a good purchase on the knife to control the short strokes without skipping away from the stick. The razor-sharp edge provided by Atavistic Edgeworks, who does all the finial sharpening on blades produced by John’s company, did great in holding a crisp cutting surface throughout the day. I then used a bit of thumb pressure on the reverse side of a few sticks to cut a few “U” and “V” shaped notches typically used for traps and tools. Again, the edge held up well with a good amount of sharpness remaining.

As one of the key factors in bushcrafting, I decided to see how the Two Rivers knife would handle cutting cordage. Having a good amount of cordage and an efficient way of cutting it can mean the difference between life and death in a survival situation. I decided to take 10’ of the ever popular 550 paracord and cut it into small 6” – 8” sections and then slice an apple. I’m happy to say, the edge held up well as I made small loops and ties out of my length of cord. The apple ended up well sliced and delicious!

As I mentioned in the opening of the article, people may quickly conjure up imagines of large knives when discussing bushcraft knives. A reason for this is because of the use of some field knives used for chopping small trees down for tent poles, wind breaks, and such. Even those who do carry a large knife into the woods almost certainly carry a knife the size of our test blade for the finer tasks. My personal choice is to always have a knife such as the Two Rivers blade and carry a small camp axe to perform axe-type tasks.

Retailing for $150 – $175 depending on handle material, the everyday carry bushcraft knife by Two Rivers Knife Co is a fine example of what a handmade fixed blade knife should be. The clean lines, strong blade edge and comfortable grips made for a real pleasure in testing for this review. In the realm of custom knives, Two Rivers Knife Co blades are a great value for the quality and performance the end user gets from each knife purchased. To wrap up this review, I not only highly recommend Two Rivers Knife Co knives to serious bushcraft enthusiasts, I am proud to have been as a local business in my area. To learn more about the custom knives produced by this company check them out on Instagram ( @tworiversknifeco) Facebook or visit them at www.tworiversknifeco.com.

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The Yeti Roadie Cooler

There is nothing more aggravating than having a cooler that can’t keep up with your lifestyle. Life can be demanding, whether you are working or having fun.  You need a cooler that can keep up with you.  That is why looked into The Roadie cooler from Yeti.  

Roadie is a person who loads and unloads equipment for a band. This is a person who is always on the road and doesn’t have the comforts of home or a refrigerator to keep their drinks or food refrigerated. I think the meaning behind Yeti giving their cooler the Roadie name, is they know that this cooler will always be on the go and not stored in your garage. 

One of the benefits of being a mobile cooler with these dimensions (OUTSIDE 14 3/8” × 19” × 13 ¾” / INSIDE 10” × 13” × 8 3/8” ),it will fit anywhere without getting in the way. The Roadie is perfect for camping, boating, kayaking and canoeing. The other application that the name refers to is it’s a great traveling companion. The Roadie fits in the truck cab with you making everything you need easy to access while on the road. You don’t have to worry about it taking up to much room or making a mess, as it will not condensate on your seats or floor. It makes a great armrest while riding shotgun too.  

One of the other features that all the Yeti Tundra coolers have are the bear proof seal. Add a couple of locks and your food is secure. The Roadie is small and light enough weighing in at 15 pounds, it is not unreasonable to pull the cooler up into a tree when you are in bear country. Bear proofing your camp is a breeze with the Yeti construction, especially the way the form-fitting lid inter-locks with the cold-lock gasket. The Roadie has a full-length handle that locks in place to assist in ease of transport or tying off to for bear proofing your camp. The handle folds back out of the way when it is not needed almost like it is not there. The lid design and sealing gasket keeps food cool and when locked down with the heavy-duty rubber latches helps to conceal the food odor that would attract bears in the first place. This gasket also seals out heat and cold in. 

The Roadie is the smallest of the Tundra series with all the features. Yeti has put many design features into making these coolers adaptable to what ever you are doing.  Yeti offers a ton of accessories for the Tundra series, which are explained in detail on their website. 

I have used several Yeti products the Tumbler, Tundra 35 and the Roadie. I have been very satisfied with all of their products. I have found that they live up to the Yeti claims and well worth the price you pay. These products are tough, well made, and they last. I can promise you I have spent way more on replacing other coolers over the years, if I would have just bought the best up front, I would have saved a lot of money and heartache.  

I use my Roadie, not just when I am in the woods, but also during the day on the construction site. This cooler is never out of place, it can be transition from your canoe to your camp ground to your pickup truck at work.  It will be with you on the road as long as you  are. 

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New Compact and Gen3 Pistol Mounted Lights Introduced by INFORCE

North Kingstown, RI – Emissive Energy Corporation, an industry leader in weapon mounted lighting products, has expanded its APL (Automatic Pistol Lights) product lines today with three new pistol lights including a new compact light and two new Gen3 lights.

The Gen3 APL and APL Glock products continue to be just as lightweight (at just 2.95 ounces) as discovered with their Gen2 predecessors, but now provide new upgrades including 400 lumens. Incredibly powerful yet compact in size, the Gen3 APL integrates with MIL-STD-1913 and Universal rails and features a new glass reinforced polymer body, which offers higher-impact resistance and durability.

The Gen3 APL Glock integrates with Universal rails only. There are two operating modes: constant and momentary and the new products are water resistant and offer a contoured non-slip switch for easy on/off. Extensively tested for performance, durability and reliability, customers won’t find a more advanced pistol light on the market today.

The APL Glock Compact is a brand new Inforce product providing 200 lumens in its 2.43-inch glass reinforced polymer body.

“Our new APL products are consistent with our vision to continually explore new ways to provide dependable lightweight, high-quality products,” says Matthew S. Wolfe, Vice President of Emissive Energy Corporation. “Our new products offer higher lumens and integrate seamlessly, providing simple, fast mounting with no need for additional tools.”

The Gen3 APL and APL Glock products offer many functional enhancements including:

  • Increased lumens from 200 to 400, at just 2.95 ounces
  • High efficiency emitter providing up to 1.5 hours of runtime from a single Lithium CR123a battery
  • Concentrated, high-intensity beam that fills the field of view for close to mid-range target identification
  • Aluminum clamping system for improved strength and durability
  • Ambidextrous on-off switch operation
  • Textured paddles for improved non-slip grip
  • Easy-to-operate lockout system ensuring the light isn’t turned on until the operator is ready

The new APL Glock Compact model offers many features including:

  • 200 lumens, at just 1.87 ounces
  • High efficiency emitter providing up to 1.5 hours of runtime from a single Lithium CR2 battery
  • Completely flush mounting with muzzle of a Glock 19
  • Ambidextrous on-off switch operation
  • Textured paddles for optimal non-slip grip
  • Easy-to-operate lockout system ensuring the light isn’t turned on until the operator is ready

 

For more information on Inforce’s products go to: www.Inforce-Mil.com

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About Emissive Energy Corporation

Emissive Energy Corporation is an ISO 9001:2008 certified, American manufacturer that designs, engineers and produces optoelectronic systems. A pioneer of portable LED illumination systems, Emissive’s mission is to design, manufacture and deliver products of superior quality, performance and value for every mission, task and operation. With over 140 patents, Emissive’s products set the standard in the advancement of portable illumination. For more information regarding the new products, please visit the company website at www.inforce-mil.com or contact Inforce at Matthew S. Wolfe, mswolfe@inforce-mil.com, 401-294-2030

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FightLite® Introducing New Rifles at SHOT Show

(Melbourne, FL) January 11, 2017 – FightLite® Industries, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces that it will be introducing several new groundbreaking products at SHOT Show Booth #7406 in the Law Enforcement section of the show.

The annual SHOT Show is being hosted at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas January 17-20, 2016.

“We’re really excited to bring these new products to market and topping the list is our new patent-pending MXR™, a multi-caliber sub gun that is primarily chambered in 9mm and is caliber convertible at the user level without tools to include .22LR, .45ACP and other popular pistol calibers.” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO. “The compact MXR™ is suppressor capable and will also convert to accept a variety of pistol magazine types including Glock, Beretta, CZ, SIG and many others. We originally developed the MXR™ as a select-fire submachine gun in response to an international L/E requirement, but we look forward to bringing the semi-auto pistol and rifle versions of this excellent design to the US civilian market through our Distributor and Dealer network.”

 

To learn more about the innovative and patent-pending MXR™ from FightLite® Industries, visit Booth #7406 at this year’s SHOT Show.

About FightLite® Industries

FightLite® Industries is a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

 To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com.  Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

FightLite® Industries is partnered with Defense Marketing Group who assists with promotion of the FightLite® brand through various channels of social media. For social media inquiries, please contact Ben Wentzel at ben@defensemk.com.
Notice: FightLite® is a registered trademark of ARES Defense Systems, Inc.

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TYRANT DESIGNS CNC ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST OF THEIR NEW LINE OF FOREGRIPS, THE MOD ForeGrip SERIES!

 

 

Tyrant Designs CNC, an industry leader in high-end aftermarket AR grips, has announced the release of their new line of foregrips. The MOD ForeGrip, available in black, red, blue (soon), and grey is CNC machined from a single piece of aerospace grade aluminum. The grip weighs in at a lightweight 1.7 ounces and is fully M-LOK and Keymod compatible.

The MOD ForeGrip is the first installment in our new line of foregrips! Designed to match our very successful MOD AR-15 Pistol Grip, it too has an aluminum body with a polymer finger strap. With a specially designed mounting system, it is compatible with both M-LOK and Keymod rails. Meaning with just a quick change in hardware (that is supplied with the grip when purchased) it can be mounted on either type of rail system. We believe that this is the type of versatility that operators need in order to furnish multiple weapons. The polymer strap helps the operator instantly feel comfortable with the foregrip and give them the confidence needed for any type of situation. We feel that foregrips are a great solution for anyone who desires more muzzle control, and we look forward to adding more to this line in 2017!  “

Tyrant Designs CNC is an AR accessories manufacturer based just outside of Chicago. They have had several successful designs for AR pistol grips and have plans to expand into other AR accessories for 2017.

Tyrant Designs CNC, LLC                                                                                                                           

10134 Pacific Ave

Franklin Park, Il 60131

http://www.tyrantcnc.com/

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