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Benchmade Grizzly Ridge

When you hear the word "grizzly," you probably think of rough, untamed wilderness. It’s a fitting name for a serious hunting knife, like Benchmade’s own Grizzly Creek. The made-in-the-USA knife had the perfect size and extra features that made it a great hunting companion. The latest knife to bear the name takes the best parts of the original knife and infuses them into a new model, one built to be the best utility knife in your kit. With a traditional, versatile blade and cutting-edge handles, the Grizzly Ridge is ready to take on your everyday tasks both indoors and out.

The star of the show, of course, is the Grizzly Ridge's beefy blade. The 3.5” drop point blade comes in high-end CPM S30V steel, with a thick 0.124” spine that has two jimping points for ideal control during use. The jimping near the handles lets you apply pressure for tougher cuts, and the one near the tip gives control when needed when holding the knife choked up. Benchmade's ambidextrous thumbstuds let you open the Grizzly Ridge one-handed from either orientation, and locks into place with their signature AXIS mechanism.

The Grizzly Ridge's handles feature a combo of two materials: Grivory is a synthetic resin similar to fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN), and the Versaflex (thermoplastic elastomer) overmold that accents it provides extra grip along with hi-vis orange accents. This pairing gives the knife a unique grip and comfort that lets you keep working even for the roughest tasks. EDCing the Grizzly Ridge is no sweat either, thanks to a reversible clip and a lanyard hole built into its liners.

The Benchmade Grizzly Ridge is simple, effective, and outstanding with its features. And with Benchmade's fit and finish and USA-made quality behind it, it's a tough tool that will stand the test of time and tasks in your EDC. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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5.11 Tactical Dart Pack

5.11 Tactical as an EDC brand needs no introduction nor proof of their reliability. From commuters wanting mil-spec quality in their daily bag to servicemen and women relying on a rugged pack in hairy situations, 5.11's packs have shown their mettle time and time again. But for some people, their stylings lean more towards tactical utility than urban minimalism. So with the Dart Pack, 5.11 takes a step in a sleek direction, with a design that that adds modern form on top of their signature function.

If you're familiar with 5.11's flagship designs, you're probably expecting a full array of MOLLE webbing all over the bag. The Dart Pack instead goes for an understated yet robust 420D nylon exterior with a simple logo on an otherwise minimal design. You'll find more tactical touches on the bag's shoulder straps, which come with the webbing and adjustable sternum strap found on other 5.11 packs. The rear of the pack comes with vented padding for comfort, while the shoulder straps are “free” on loops instead of attached to fixed points on the bag.

On the inside is where you'll find the biggest difference if you're used to the brand's other backpacks. Instead of few pockets and an open main compartment, you get more options to organize your gear, including a drop-fleece lined pocket and more webbing to strap in your EDC. The angled zip main compartment itself has about 20 liters of capacity, while a secondary pocket can double as a hydration compartment. Both of them are also compatible with a PE board that comes with a padded laptop sleeve, elastic pocket, and more webbing for pens and other essentials.

This isn't the 5.11 Tactical backpack you're looking for, but it could be more than expected from an EDC backpack. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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