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1. Kershaw AM-4

SPECS: 2.8 ounces; 4.25 inches closed; 7.75 inches open

MSRP: $50

The AM-4 is an AL MAR knives design made by Kershaw. It’s sleek and narrow, making for an excellent EDC knife that doesn’t take up much room. Plus, it has a deep-carry pocket clip for excellent concealability. The blade is a modified drop point, is 3.5 inches long and is manufactured of 8Cr13MoV steel with a handsome satin fi nish. The even-more-handsome G-10 front scale is rounded and polished for a smooth-as-silk feel; it looks and feels great, but it isn’t so easy to hold onto with wet hands. The back of the handle is made of steel with a frame lock to keep the blade securely opened. It is one-handed assisted opening via the flipper or thumb stud.

We found the thumb stud to be a bit small and hard to use, but the flipper works great. Red tube spacers are the finishing touch to this visual masterpiece. The AM-4 is well made and perfect for situations in which a bit of refinement and class are in order.

 

2. Böker Plus Tech Tool Carbon 5

SPECS: 5.6 ounces; 6.6 inches long; 1.1 inches wide

MSRP: $80

When it comes to multipurpose pocket knives, there are a lot of great choices on the market; the most famous is the one used by the army from the land of hot chocolate and holey cheese. Often overlooked is the Böker Tech Tool line, which is a direct descendent of the legendary Böker Camp Knife introduced in 1869 (pre-dating the Swiss version).

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The 2.8-inch blade is made of Swedish Sanvik 12C27 steel with a Rockwell hardness of 58-60 HRC. It is extremely well crafted, with the tight tolerances you’d expect from a premium German product. The G10-and-carbon-fi ber handle has a classy look and feel. Aside from the main knife, the Carbon 5 includes pliers, scissors, large and small screwdrivers, Phillips head screwdriver, reversible pocket clip and more. There are 14 models to choose from.

 

3. Streamlight ProTac HL USB Headlamp

SPECS: 8.1 ounces; 6000 series aluminum; anodized finish

MSRP: $145

Kicking out 1,000 lumens, the ProTac HL is extremely bright—to the point that you need to be cautious when talking face to face with others. It uses a USB-rechargeable lithium ion battery but also accepts a Streamlight 18650 lithium ion battery. Click once for “high” (1,000 lumens, 1.5 hours), twice for “medium” (400 lumens, 2.75 hours) and three times for “low” (65 lumens, 20 hours).

The ProTac is also programmable using the patented TEN-TAP. Very rugged, it’s water resistant and 2-meter drop-tested. This headlamp comes with red and green lenses and a flood filter, as well as an elastic head strap and rubber helmet strap.

 

4. Mid-Evil Industries 360˚ RFG (Gen 2)

WEIGHT: 5.7 ounces

VERSIONS: 1913 Picatinny, KeyMod, M-LOK (tested)

MSRP: $130

Made of rugged, lightweight 7075-T6 and 6061-T6 aluminum, the 360˚ Rotating Fore Grip allows you to secure the vertical fore grip in any position your heart desires for increased control of your rifle or shotgun. Just untwist the grip to unlock so you can position it, and twist the grip tight to secure it in place. This grip also has a waterproof internal storage compartment. Machined-in grip texture is aggressive for secure purchase but is still comfortable to grip with bare hands.

 

MSRP: $30

The centerpiece of this bracelet is the wicked-looking, 1.5-inch hawkbill blade that looks capable of opening anything from a belly to a package. It’s ground from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel and has a BlackStone finish for low glare. The blade that is molded into the glass/nylon handle/guard seems to be very secure—there’s no play at all.

When used as a knife, the 550-cord bracelet provides a handle, with the natural weave pattern of the bracelet making for a good grip. A slot for the index finger is molded into the guard/handle that prevents the finger from slipping onto the blade. Jimping on the back makes for good control. The Para-Claw is available in small, medium and large sizes and in black, camo and purple/ black (small only).

 

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the September 2017 print issue of Gun World.

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