The Palmer

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I’m not a huge fan of James Brand, but… I have to admit their design work is fantastic. And now, they’ve gone and designed a variation of one of my favorite EDC tools – the pocketable utility knife. Their effort looks really compact, but seems to be missing a key ingredient – pocket clip.

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Sinn x Asphaltgold 144 St Sa C.A.D.

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My favorite watch company just dropped another collaboration. This time, Sinn has teamed with Asphaltgold to bring us the 144 St Sa – a tool chronograph that is… well, perfect.

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Gerber Lockdown

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When I first saw these, I got really excited as I thought they may host utility blades. They don’t… but they are still pretty cool. Two versions:

  1. The Lockdown Pry. Key feature here, obviously, is the tail mounted pry bar.
  2. The Lockdown Drive. Key feature obviously being the driver on the tail end.

Both are cheap too… Around $60.

Leica M6

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Those of you that have followed The Gear Journal long, know that I loathe Leica. I mean, sure… I have thousands of dollars wrapped up in Leica products, but the company itself drives me bat shit. Sincerely.

When a tool company transitions from their core competency to high margin fashion, I have grievances… and that’s exactly what Leica has done.

BUT, Leica does have a saving grace. In this day in age… In 2022, they are still serving the film camera market. And that’s something. It’s not everything, but it is something. And I appreciate it.

Introducing the new Leica M6 35mm rangefinder. It’s not gonna replace the M6 I’ve been shooting with for over 20 years, but it is RAD that Leica released this camera. I don’t even care that they priced the damned thing at over $5,000. Assholes.

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Prometheus 60L Duffel

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An IPX7 waterproof duffle with really great construction and smart design. The price ($184) seems expensive, but it’s dirt cheap for what you get.

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Tag Heuer X Porsche RS 2.7

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Great collaboration from Tag Heuer and Porsche. If you are unfamiliar, Tag Heuer’s heritage brand (Tag Heuer) and Porsche have a long standing history together. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see period Porsche race cars with both Tag contingency sponsorships as well as on board Tag dash timers.

This chrono essentially merges the aesthetics of early Tag design with that of the 1973 Porsche RS 2.7 – one of the most legendary sport purposes cars of all time. The price ($23k) and the leather strap choice are both bullshit.

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YD Skeletonized Carabiner

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This thing is pretty cool… It’s your typical key carabiner made of titanium, but features a bolt action and a dedicated ring.

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Microsoft Surface – A Dismal Failure

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A number of years back, I reviewed a Microsoft Surface Book. The innovation of the product and the build quality were only let down my the Windows operating system. Otherwise, I thought, the product was a slam dunk and ready to take over the world.

It’s close to five years later… and what do I think?

I now have a lightly used Surface Book that is out of warranty and a fire hazard so dire that Microsoft can’t tell me how to properly dispose of it without exposing themselves to legal trouble. The lithium battery that Microsoft chose to use is prone to swelling. A simple Google search shows how devastating this problem has become. Fires, mayhem, and other crazy repercussions from taking a chance on early tech.

Obviously, I don’t want another Surface product – not that Microsoft would replace this thing (I tried). But, I did want them to tell how to properly dispose of it… They couldn’t. Think about how absurd that is.