Monthly Archives: November 2013

County Comm Titanium Pen Review

 

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The CountyComm/Maratac Embassy Pen is my favorite Everyday Carry pen so far.  It has a simple design, writes very well and is weighted in a manner that I really like.  The top of the pen is of screw on design and the top does not fit on the back of the barrel. This feature has its pros and cons.  If you loan your pen to someone, it is common practice to keep the top as a little insurance to get your pen back.  The downside is that you have to keep up with the top as a seperate item as you are using the pen.

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The old design of this pen used an o-ring seal, but later production runs do not require the o-ring.  The weight of the pen is substantial but not over the top.  I have handled the stainless steel version of this pen and and it was too much weight for me.  The pens come with a the CAGE code and a serial number engraved into the cap area of the pen.

This pen is made from a nice chunk of titanium and is solid enough to last a lifetime.  It uses Fisher space pen refills which will write on almost anything and are fairly inexpensive.  The pen comes with a black ink refill in place, and I have replaced mine with the medium blue ink refill.  The titanium embassy pen is usually available in limited runs at Blade HQ and usually costs about $100.  The stainless steel version costs about $80 and the lighter weight aluminum version is $55.  These pens have substantial mass and rounded ends.  They would make a good makeshift kubaton without having the weaponized spike look of many tactical pens on the market.  A few additional specifications are listed below:

  • 6AL4V series titanium grade 5
  • 5.25″ inches long by .50″ diameter
  • 2.25 oz
  • Stainless steel clip is stone-washed finished

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benchmade 950 9555 auto knife

Benchmade 940 Rift Auto (9555) EDC Knife Review

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This is the Benchmade 9555 Auto Rift EDC Knife.  It is a medium-large knife for EDC, but it carries very well.  The blade is made from 154CM which is an excellent steel in terms balancing hardness and corrosion resistance.   The rest of the specs are below:

Blade Length: 3.67″
Blade Thickness: 0.114″
Handle Thickness: 0.560″
Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Black Split-Arrow, Reversible
Lock Mechanism: AXIS
Overall Length: 8.27″
Closed Length: 4.60″
Class: Black
Weight: 4.80oz

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The 9555 is uses the auto Axis lock and deploys by pressing the Axis lock. For those that cannot carry an automatic knife or prefer a manual Axis lock with thumb studs, the Benchmade 950 Rift is the manual version of this EDC knife.

I really like the reverse tanto Osborne Design blade shape, and there is lots of strength in the tip of the blade. The lockup is rock solid even after a couple months of use. The blade also deploys with a solid “thwack”.

Some people have complained about the edges on the G10 scales, but Benchmade seems to have corrected that issue on later production runs. I really wish that the 420J steel liners had been milled out to reduce weight. As it sits now, my 9555 weighed in at an even five ounces. I wouldn’t want to EDC anything heavier. A little jimping would be nice, but it is non-existant on this blade. This EDC knife has a deep belly that it is the best for slicing and general utility use. Overall it’s a winner, and one of my personal best EDC knives, but could be even better with some simple changes.

Everyday Carry from PPCApache

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Here is my main EDC, Skinth OG, which fits the Leatherman Surge, Leatherman Micra, Led Lenser P3, Leatherman Bit card, Replaceable Saw for the Surge, small crescent.

Editor’s Note:  Thanks for making the first guest contribution to this site.  I’ve got to get to work here.   I recently learned about Skinth products and may be picking up a The M7 Toollet soon.   I currently use a Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer that I will post soon.