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Case Kickstart Mid-Folding Hunter

When it comes to the latest and greatest designs, tech, and materials, Case is a knife company that likes to take its time. Known best for their traditional slipjoint knives, their offerings hearken back to the era of our fathers and their fathers, when a knife was an invaluable companion. But that doesn’t mean that innovation is completely off the table. Case’s new Kickstart series shows the old dog can learn some new tricks, pairing legacy knife design with modern EDC features, materials, and performance. It has the signature, tried-and-true design born from over a hundred years of knifemaking experience made with more robust materials, one-handed usability, and sized perfectly for an everyday knife.

From afar, the Kickstart looks every bit like the Case signature slipjoint. But that's where the resemblance ends. Rather than a simple set of clip-point or sheepsfoot blades deployed via a nail nick, the Kickstart instead employs a modern deployment mechanism by way of a one-handed, assisted-opening pair of dual thumbstuds. This lets you easily flip out its beautiful, mirror-polished Tru-Sharp surgical steel blade (sized right under 3” that's ideal for EDC), a special high-carbon steel with exceptional edge retention and corrosion resistance. The blade itself comes in a unique mid-folding hunter clip shape, with a stark, sweeping top edge that terminates in a strong point for piercing tasks, and a long, 2.875” belly for slicing.

The Kickstart's handle comes in Black Canvas Laminate, a rugged blend of synthetic materials that's scratch-resistant and textured for an effective grip. It's impervious to the decay and damage that would normally come with a wood or bone handle, while allowing for expanded options of texture and color. On the front of the Kickstart is Case's bowtie logo, while on the back is a feature you don't often see on traditional knives—a clip—making this an even more compelling knife to carry.
There's no need to choose between a traditional and modern knife—the Kickstart shows that the old school can still be the new cool. Pick up this made-in-the-USA modern classic at the Amazon link below.
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RovyVon Aurora A6 High CRI Flashlight

If you've been on the market for a new EDC flashlight recently, chances are you've come across the RovyVon Aurora series. The glow-in-the-dark Aurora A5 was one of our favorite lights of last year, with high praise from our editors and our readers alike for its innovative features and design at a great price. But if you haven't had a chance to pick up one of these versatile keychain lights, you now have even more options with the new Aurora A6. It keeps much of the same great features that set the A5 apart from the rest, but now comes with a beautifully color-accurate main LED and even more side-mounted light options to boot. Whether you're a flashlight enthusiast or just starting to build your EDC, there's something for you in the new RovyVon Aurora A6.

The most notable difference with the Aurora A6 is its main LED. Instead of the 550-lumen cool white CREE XP-G3 LED on the A5, this new model offers a high color rendering index (CRI) Nichia 219C LED with a max output of 300 lumens. When it comes to the output on the A6, it's more quality over quantity. The Nichia 219C produces a “warm white” beam that more closely resembles sunlight, making colors look more natural and accurate. It's a stark contrast to typical “cool white” LEDs that can make your surroundings look harshly washed out or “cold.” If you find yourself using your EDC light mainly in outdoors settings, a high CRI light makes a huge difference. And at the end of the day, 300 lumens is still plenty for general EDC tasks and can be worth the tradeoff for more accurate color depending on your lighting tasks. The other change is the A6's side-mounted LED now comes with a blue option that works in tandem with the red LED to server as an alert or signal light.

Aside from the changes to the LEDs, the A6 retains those same great features from the A5. Its glow-in-the-dark polycarbonate housing is still just 2.16” long and 0.416 oz in weight, making it ultra portable. A stainless steel bezel protects the business end of the light from impact, a side switch operates both the main LED and side lights, while a lanyard attachment point at the tail end of the light and an included, reversible, 2-way pocket clip give you convenient carry options. Its 130mAh Li-ion battery recharges via a built-in micro USB port too. Last but not least, it features IP65 water resistance so you don't have to worry about rain and splashes. If you've been holding out for a high CRI version of the Aurora, now's your chance to see what all the hype is about. Grab one for your EDC at the link below.

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OneTigris Minimalist EDC Pouch

When pockets aren’t enough everyone has their go-to organizer to bear the extra load. There are plenty of top-notch EDC organizers to choose from but they’re usually made of heavy materials that add too much weight to justify carrying them, even when empty. Add to that a cumbersome clamshell design that makes getting to your gear that much harder and suddenly that full-on organizer doesn't seem ideal. For those of you who want an EDC pouch that's sleeker, lighter, more affordable, and more easily accessible, there's the OneTigris Minimalist EDC Pouch.

While this pouch is only about an inch thick, it’s not frail by any means. Its 500D Nylon construction means that you'll get a tough, water-resistant pouch that's relatively lightweight at only 3.7 ounces. A looped panel on the exterior adds some modularity for morale patches or other sheath and carry systems, too. A waterproof YKK zipper protects the main compartment in bad weather while its top-entry positioning allows for easy access on the go.

On the inside, this pouch has the right combination of space and internal organization. It measures 8.6” x 5.9”, which means you can carry a few extra essentials that don't fit in your pockets, but you don’t feel comfortable leaving behind when you walk out the door. There are also two internal mesh pockets for extra organization. It's perfect for quick access to smaller items like keys or small flashlights that usually find their way to the bottom of whatever bag they're in.

The OneTigris Minimalist Pouch is simple and bends to your needs, which makes it a versatile option for basically any kind of EDC. Thanks to a couple of anchor points and an included, removable shoulder strap, you can toss it in your pack as a first aid kit or wear it as a low-profile sling bag under your jacket when you travel. However you decide to use it, it's got your overflow organization needs covered. For a simple, affordable and discreet way to carry more in an organized way, check out this minimalist pouch at the link below.

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