Episode 18: Your Dad’s EDC

This episode includes a special guest–my Dad.  My parents were in town and my Dad was kind enough to sit and chat.  Its pretty cool because he got me my first knife, a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Super Tinker and my second knife, a Spyderco Delica.

Virtual Pocket Dump:

Me: BM MiniGrip 555hg and Fenix PD22

My Dad: A SOG Mini Vulcan

Andrew: Nothing, not even the poo bag

New Stuff and News:

A new EDC related website The New Artemis, is really doing good work with a slick design, good photos, and well above par writing.   We also chat about Southern Grind, a company that deserves more exposure than it has received.  We also talk about the new Hazard 4 backpack the Patrol Pack, for folks that want something nicer than the Maxped stuff, but can’t justify the $375 price tag of a TAD or a Go Ruck.  Aaron chats a little bit about his Go Ruck.  We also talk about the new Fox Knives Meskwaki, a Cold Steel sized Italian made knife and their horrendously named Puukox.

I got in an ESEE Zancudo and a Fenix PD22 in for review.  Andrew got the LEO/Mil/EMS multitool the Extrema Ratio Police 3 and Police 3 EVO.  Andrew also got in a new and very interesting knife from Maxpedition, the Excelsa, a very good looking and relatively inexpensive Ti framelock.

Main Topic:

We discuss our gear disappointments.  I rant about Gerber, and the Artifact in particular.  I also talk about the worst product I have ever owned, the Arc 6 flashlight, as well as the Kershaw Cryo (which is a different kind of disappointment).  My Dad drops some old school knowledge re: disappointing batteries from days of yore, including AAs that cost a $1 in 1960, or $7.87 today.  Andrew complains that the market is dividing up with lots of high end, multi-hundred dollar knives and lots of cheap stuff with little in the middle.  My Dad also explains a little about the Sydney Opera House and why he liked the SOG Vulcan over the Kershaw Cryo (I promise I had no influence on this).  Finally, Andrew notes some similarities between his videos and those produced by SOG recently.

Mail Bag and Announcements:

We discuss the Gear of the Year awards and choose a winner for the review contest: Johnna000001.  Hit me up at everydaycommentary at gmail dot com in the normal format.

Bonus:

For all of those folks interested in the history of flight, stop by my Dad’s website for the National Aviation Heritage Alliance.