Monday, November 23, 2015

Photo Gallery: MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife

I have always been really picky about budget knives, especially fixed blades. I had reviewed this model previously, and considered it a gem. The sub-10 dollar range has a ton of options for enthusiasts who know where to look. It's a smaller pool of deals if you need it sooner than 30 days, which is about the average from an overseas seller in China.

If you want it in two days, the number of deals under 10 dollars shrinks. I like to give away a bunch of gifts in this price range for the holidays, and I like to order extra gifts with two day shipping just to have it covered in case some of the gifts I order for China take a while to show up. I get a lot of value for my money by waiting 30 days and having a few padding gifts like these little MTech MT-20-30 fixed blades. I bought a couple for gifts, but I had given away my tan one previously and missed it, so I decided to keep the black one this time. These are pretty good as hard-use backups to whatever EDC I am carrying at the time, and well worth the 9 bucks-ish each I paid for them.


MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 1

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 2
MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 3

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 4

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 5

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 6

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 7

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 8

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 9

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - Gallery 10

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - In Hand 1
Hard to get a sense of how tiny this knife is until you see it in someone's hand

MTech MT-20-30 Fixed Blade Knife - In Hand 2

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Camp Knives

A good camp knife must fulfill several different roles. Some do certain tasks better, like food prep or bushcraft. Having lots of different knives, I will tailor what I bring to what I expect to need them for. If I'm deep in the woods and far away from home, I tend to carry heavier, more serious knives, like the TOPS BOB and the Ka-Bar Eskabar, with a hard-use pocket knife like the Spyderco Manix.

They say the best knife is the one you have with you, and I try to keep that in mind for what I carry.




For a weekend at the lake, or somewhere more casual, where I don't want to carry anything heavy, I have an assortment of lighter, but still capable knives like the Mora and the Delica.





Friday, November 20, 2015

Photo Gallery: Spyderco Orange Dragonfly

The Spyderco Dragonfly has been my companion for a few years now, and I still think it and the Delica are probably ounce-for-ounce the best knives you can carry. This particular Dragonfly is for a gift. I always check something like this out before I wrap it, just to make sure I'm getting a good specimen, and, oh darn, I might as well take a few photos since the orange looks cool.

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 1

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 2

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 2

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 3

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 5

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 6

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 7

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 8

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 9

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 10

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Gallery 11
Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - On Scale

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Box 1
Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Box 2

Spyderco Orange Dragonfly EDC Pocket Knife - Box 3




Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Photo Gallery: Spyderco 2015 Forum Native

I had seen these on eBay and I really wanted one. Before I paid the high prices the sellers were asking, I went to Spyderco's forums and did a search. I'm glad I did, because I got one with a 40% coupon straight from Spyderco!

It's almost a formality weighing and measuring, and photographing together with similar models. But from the photos below, it's clear that these are two radically different Native 5 samples. I know they continually modernize. The new one is also noticeably lighter than my original Native which I still carry and love.

This one is almost too beautiful to carry. I may just keep it for my collection. I really want one of the newer natives, but I want one with G10 scales, and they are coming out with a dark blue G10 Native with S110V steel in 2016, so I'll probably wait ... if I can.

It seems like no two cameras capture this weird shade of red. Most of the photos I've seen of this knife look more brown than red, so I tried to use the lighting in a way that coaxed the camera to see the red.

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 1

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 2

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 3

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 4
Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 5
Spyderco 2015 Forum Native W/ Blue S110V

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Natives 3 Flat

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Natives 3 Side

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 6


Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 7

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 8

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Gallery 9

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Blade 1

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Blade 2
Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Clip 1

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Included Sticker
The forum knife came with a nice sticker

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Open

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - On Scale

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Next To Ruler


Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Evil Twin 1Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Evil Twin 2

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Centered

Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Box 1


Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Box 2
Spyderco 2015 Forum Native - Box 3