Trident - Black TiNi
SOG offers an array of specialty knives and tools, ranging from multi-function tools to tactical knives.
John Peters, of Loganton, recently carried the Trident Black TiNi knife around, and used it, for a month.
"I have carried this knife every day now for approximately one month and have found it to be a very high-quality knife," Peters said. "It is very light but durable and keeps a good edge.
"It locks up solid and opens very smooth and fast. I found the cord-cutting feature built into the handle to be very useful," he added. "Overall, I would give this knife a very high rating of satisfaction. It is a bit longer than I would have preferred but, aside from that, it is a good knife and value for the price."
The blade of the Black TiNi measures 3.75 inches by 0.125 inches. Its overall length is 8.5 inches. It weighs 3.6 ounces and is classified as a straight-edge blade.
As with other models of SOG knives, the Trident features the SOG Assisted Technology or S.A.T, which the company describes as a way "of opposing high-tension coil springs."
New features for the SOG company's knives include the Arc-Actuator blade lock release, built-in safety, and a bayonet-style see-through reversible clip, according to the website.
A groove in the handle allows cord or similar material to be cut without having to open the blade.
The knife retails for $114. For more information, visit www.sogknives.com.
Reviewer: John Peters, of Loganton, retired United States Marine
Kurgo Wander Hammock
More and more people include their family dog in almost everything today so most of the time the dog needs to be transported there. Sometimes dogs take vehicle rides fine, while others roam a bit (very unsafe for everyone) and others get sick.
Dog owners that needs product with a variety of uses, like the a barrier to keep the safely in the back of the vehicle, a cover to help with hair, mud and even accidents and something that works with multiple type of vehicles.
These can be found in Kurgo Wander Hammock, a virtual swiss army knife kit for traveling dogs.
The piece attaches to the headrest on your seats, and acts like a barrier blocking the space between the front seats. It also wraps like U-shape to teh back seats to create a hammock so the dog doesn't fall all over or onto the floor like when making stops and corners.
I liked it to help keep the hair off and dirt off my seats.
Although this product doesn't stop hair from flying around off the body of my husky-mix but it does eliminates it from burying itself into the seat.
My favorite part, it all folds up in this convenient carrying case complete with pockets and a water bottle for your dog.
It could easily be used on an outing for your dog to lay on in the grass. I would be careful putting it back in the car if dirt on the hammock.
Its features according to Kurgo:
* Six attachment points to keep hammock in place;
* Can be used as a hammock to keep the dog from falling to the floor or as a seat cover;
* Waterproof, washable and stain resistant;
* Velcro closure openings allow you to incorporate seatbelt and child seat use;
* Includes water bottle, carrying case and not to mention a great little dog design extra;
* Available in khaki or black;
* 55 inches wide x 56 inches long.
Fits most standard vehicles, but double check.
Retails for $60, online at www.kurgostore.com or check local pet stores.
Spent part of my vacation at the beach surf fishing at night, love it. What I don't like, is other people on the beach with me in the dark.
Small little gadget the did help me out by the surf in the dark was the WrapLit LED Utility Light.
The utility light is an LED flashlight at the end of a flexible Gear Tie, a durable flexible hard rubber tie.
I used it to attached to my camera strap so the light would not only shine out onto my surf rod, but when I would bend down to bait my hook I could see.
It also made "those other people" aware of where I was fishing so no one would walk into my line.
The company illustrates the WrapLit standing, hanging from the neck or being hooked on things like a grill.
The Gear Tie is 18 inches long and flexible, bendable and can be attached and used in so many different directions.
I would say this virtually can be used to light anything, anywhere pretty easily thanks to the bendable tie on the end.
It is battery powered (and they are replaceable), with four settings to choose a signal mode, a high and low beams and even a flashing strobe.
THe company said the light is visible up to 50 feet from a mile away. It shows the high setting to be six lumens, low setting to be one; run time in high is 10 hours with low being 20 hours; water resistant and 2 lithium batteries.
Available for $12.99 at www.niteize.com.
- Jessica Welshans