Each PepperBlaster unit contains two charges activated by a common double- action trigger. A built-in swing-away safety keeps the device on “safe” until the opera- tor is ready to fire but allows instant access when needed. Unlike most conventional pepper spray devices that incorporate a pressurized cylinder that can degrade over time, the PepperBlaster is driven by a pair of pistons that are powered by a pyrotechnic charge activated by the trigger. As a result, the PepperBlaster can ride safely and incon- spicuously for years until called upon in an emergency. The PepperBlaster II resembles a small polymer-framed handgun while the original PepperBlaser looks more akin to a small cellphone.
The new Kershaw TX-Tool is a pocket-sized knife maintenance tool that doubles as a general utility driver. The TX-Tool includes five key bits plus slotted and Phillips bits to tighten screws or adjust the tension on a variety of knives. A magnetic bit driver makes swapping bits easy. The bits store inside the handle, and the handy pocket clip secures the tool as easily as a pen or pencil. The bits are steel, the handle is aluminum and the tool measures only 4.8 inches long.
The Brite-Strike Executive Precision Lighting Instrument (EPLI) was de- signed specifically to provide a high- quality, reliable source of brilliant illu- mination. With a maximum output of 160 lumens in a pen-sized platform, the EPLI brings professional-grade performance to a tidy chassis. The EPLI includes high, low and strobe functions, and it will typically run for a half-hour on its high setting and up to 2.5 hours on low or strobe with a pair of standard AAA batteries. The EPLI is 5.12 inches long and comes in its own stylish gift box.
The new PowerLight Mini enables you to see, be seen and stay charged practically anywhere. Think of this light as a clippable lantern that moves with you when you’re biking to work or walking down a dark alley. This recharge- able light provides up to 52 hours of light with four lighting modes: white lantern, red night vision, strobe and point light. It can also be used to power up your phone, and a bike mount is included. Keep hours of power on your person with this slim but highly capable little light source.
The SOG Cash Card is the minimalist’s dream knife. Weighing only 2 ounces and built to SOG’s expected level of quality, the Cash Card is a money clip/pocket knife you can always have on you. Boasting a 2.75- inch, clip-point blade, the Cash Card opens easily with one hand and is made from robust stainless steel.
The Survive Outdoors Longer Traverse is a compact survival kit that is small enough to ride comfortably in a pocket but covers four funda- mental areas of survival: shelter, fire, water, signaling. This no-frills kit includes an emergency blanket, water purification tablets, a Fire Lite Sparker and Tinder Quik, a slim rescue Howler whistle and survival instructions. The entire kit fits neatly into a pressed aluminum box that itself has dozens of uses in a survival situation. It’s small, inexpensive and practical enough to offer genuine utility.
Designed by Danish custom knifemaker Jens Anso, the Kershaw Carabiner incorporates a cord cutter, a bottle opener, hex drivers and a carabiner gate in an affordable and robust stainless steel chassis. The Kershaw Carabiner snaps onto most anything for easy carry and comes in black, blue and grey colors. This versatile carabiner is nearly weightless and could serve as a handy improvised weapon in a pinch as well.
The BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap offers discreet ballistic protection for the head that can be worn anytime and anywhere. Designed originally for police and security guards, the Bul- letproof Baseball Cap offers Level IIA protection against .380 ACP, .38 Special, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP rounds. This cap includes a hard plate of compressed polyethylene that covers the front third of the hat to offer ballistic coverage for the head from frontal aspects while remaining unobtrusive. Lightweight and comfortable enough for daily wear, the Bulletproof Baseball Cap is available in three different sizes.
The SquadPak by Snugpak is a versatile and robust over-the-shoulder utility bag. Covered with MOLLE webbing on front and back, the bag can be customized for individual missions and applications. The main compartment is intelligently divided with zippered mesh bags and slots for pens, cards and sundry items. Multiple dividers and pouches keep gear organized and readily accessible. The SquadPak has a padded carrying handle on top as well as a wide shoulder strap with a shoulder pad to distribute weight. The SquadPak is tough enough for hard use in the field yet stylish enough to tote around town. With enough space for food, basic gear or books, and a weapon if the circumstances demand it, the SquadPak is adequate to keep a single operator supported in the field.
Efficient and effective, the compact design of the Zippo lighter is timeless. The classic housing is available with liter- ally countless different adorn- ments and decorations, but at its heart the Zippo lighter is the very image of simplicity. The flip-open top protects the workings of the device when stored in a pocket and the perforated chimney provides a reliable flame in harsh conditions.
The SOG ParaTool is the only multi-tool that incorporates a multiple-angled plier head de- signed to reach into awkward spots. The comfortable grip handles are smooth on the out- side and feature SOG’s classic ventilation holes for maximum gripping. The 14 incorporated functions include multi-angle needle-nosed pliers, a three- sided file, a fully serrated blade, a bolt grip channel and a straight-edge blade. The ParaTool from SOG closes to 4.3 inches and weighs only 6.2 ounces.
The Censor from Steel Will is a compact, fixed-blade knife designed for daily use. With an ergonomic overall curve and a razor-sharp edge, the Censor is a dedicated close-combat tool. The overall length is a portable 7.68 inches with 3.5 inches of cutting edge on the end. The Censor comes with a robust, rigid sheath that sports multiple carry options and a nylon handle. The blade is made from AUS-8 steel. For quick use in tight quarters, the Censor is a handy and effective everyday-carry weapon.
The LazerBrite Modular LED Light System reinvents the flashlight. Traditional glowsticks glow and flashlights produce a beam, but the LazerBrite Modular LED Lighting System does both, and a whole lot more. These modular LED lights can emulate a glow stick, function as a wide-angle flashlight, split into two lights for sharing, produce a focused spot and can also be linked together to create a longer light baton in a variety of color combinations. The LazerBrite is waterproof, visible in dark- ness from over a mile away and made in the U.S.A.
LOKSAK waterproof storage sacks are made from heavy- duty plastic and are remarkably effective. Available in a variety of sizes, LOKSAKs protect every- thing from cash to cell phones to assault rifles from water and the elements. Just drop something in the sack and squeeze the top shut. Think of it as a zip-seal bag on steroids. The resulting LOKSAK package is hermetically sealed and waterproof down to 200 feet. The LOKSAK provides protec- tion from water, humidity, sand or snow. Similarly, SHIELDSAK versions provide comparable protection against electromag- netic interference for cell phones and credit cards as well.
The Razor-Lite EDC is a knife system that incorporates replaceable razor blades in a package that is imminently portable, accessible and attractive. Available in several colors, the Razor-Lite EDC is suitable for everyday defense and utility tasks, and it comes with a removable/replaceable pocket clip for easy carry. The Razor-Lite EDC is literally razor sharp and weighs about nothing. When the blade inevitably dulls, just drop in a replacement. The Razor-Lite EDC opens with one hand and comes with six replacement blades.
The HP3R is as small as a writing pen yet produces brilliant white light from its long-lasting LED bulb. The light is adjustable from spot to flood via a rotating bezel, and the internal rechargeable battery offers six hours of runtime on the low setting. The light charges via a USB port using the included cable. Whether I am traveling, working, running errands or hanging out around the house, my HP3R is my constant compan- ion. This robust light is powerful, tough and effective while remaining small enough for painless carry.
Designed to resemble the original skull from the MACV-SOG group insignia after which the SOG Com- pany is named, the MacV Tool is a versatile everyday- carry keychain tool that will prove handy in a variety of situations. Made out of du- rable 3Cr13 stainless steel, the one-piece design will last through years of hard use. It has 12 basic com- ponents, including a pry bar, a bottle opener, a small flathead driver, a large flat- head driver, a small Phillips driver, a line cutter, a blade sharpener and various wrenches. The MacV tool weighs a mere 0.6 ounces and is TSA approved for airline travel.
The Spartan CQB is a multi-function tool optimized for close-quarters combat. Designed with input from Greg Thompson, an instruc- tor in hand-to-hand combat techniques for U.S. Special Forces, the CQB is a slim, easily stowed knife designed to be used in a desperate grappling situation. The ring on the top of the handle allows quick access in dire circum- stances and the Kydex sheath will mount literally anywhere on your gear. Nearly 7 inches in length, the Spartan CQB is crafted specifically to give you the edge you need to stop the threat or retrieve your primary weapon.
Sporting a comfortable, easy-to-grip handle that offers perfect symmetry, the Adept from Steel Will is comparably effective at cutting or thrusting maneuvers. The Adept combines the timeless ergonomics and engineering of warriors’ blades of eons past with modern manufacturing and metallurgy. The Adept is 10.95 inches overall and sports a Kydex sheath and G10 grips. For daily carry, the Adept provides peace of mind in an imminently portable package.
The Covert Carry Sport Duffel allows you to carry off-the-body tactical gear without arousing suspicion or causing alarm. This versatile duffle weighs 2.85 pounds empty and has a 3,024-cubic- inch capacity. The large main compartment is arrayed with modular attachment points to keep magazines and gear organized, and it includes an adjustable hook-and-loop divider along with a zippered mesh pocket. Loop cloth on the inside accommodates rip-away pouches or holsters. A large U-shaped opening makes for quick access to the bag’s contents and wraparound web handles add strength and durability.
Most emergency situations are unexpected, come-as-you-are affairs. Frequently, what you have on you at the time will be all the tools you have available. Fortunately, there are some really innovative folks who have turned their attention to this thorny problem and developed a lot of multi-function everyday carry tools that are portable enough for everyday carry. Here are some of the latest and greatest when it comes to gear you can reasonably carry on your trek through life.
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For more information about the everyday carry tools featured in the gallery above, visit the following sites.
BioLite PowerLight Mini
Survive Outdoors Longer Traverse
SOG Cash Card
Kershaw Jens Anso Carabiner
BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap
Zippo Windproof Lighters
Steel Will Censor
LazerBrite Flashlight System
LOKSAK Storage Bags
Outdoor Edge Razor-Lite EDC
Coast HP3R Rechargeable Penlight
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