Light Review: Nitecore’s Explosion Proof EF1


With the EF1, NITECORE have confidently entered the market for hazardous environment equipment, with a light which can be used in the petroleum exploration, petrochemical and chemical industries, as it is rated as a Type II non-mine explosion-proof electrical appliance. Taking a more detailed look: The EF1 arrives in a box like the ones used […]

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Knife Review: Chris Reeve Knives Large Inkosi


The original Inkosi was launched at Blade Show 2016, and was designed to include improvements to Chris Reeve’s already tried and tested (and industry changing) Sebenza models. Never one to stand still, Chris knew he could improve on his original design with certain key changes to the pivot, bearing, frame and lock. Rather than apply […]

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Light Review: Rofis TR20


Rofis were the first manufacturer I came across which have made a standard tubular light that transforms into a right-angle light. They have applied the same principle to a couple of different models, and in this review we are looking at the TR20, which is an 18650 powered model with built in USB charging, making […]

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Light Review: Olight S2A Baton


Olight’s Baton line-up gets a 2xAA powered version at last. Though the beautifully compact S1 is a fantastic light (previously reviewed) my personal ideal form factor is the 2xAA for ease of holding yet remaining compact. It also has the added advantage that AA cells are the easiest to come by, so travelling with or […]

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Knife Review: Gerber Strongarm


Gerber’s latest incarnation of the military/tactical survival knife has taken its evolution to another level. Paring down each element of the design to provide the essential functions without any excess bulk has resulted in a tool that works with you and remains totally reliable. The Blade and Handle Geometry: Most knife specifications have a basic […]

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EDC Gear Review: Leatherman MUT Multi-tool


The MUT (Military Utility Tool) is billed by Leatherman as “the first multi-tool that functions as both a tactical and practical tool for military, LE, or civilian shooters” and is packed full of functions not found in other multi-tools. With so much detail to cover, this review has turned into a rather extended look at […]

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Gear Review: DMT Aligner ProKit and DuoSharp 10? Bench Stone


It is possible to put a great edge onto a knife with very basic equipment and a lot of time. However, with the ever harder and more abrasion resistant steels, diamond stones make it much easier and faster to achieve that edge. DMT are one of the best, if not the best, makers of diamond […]

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Light Review: Fenix TK15UE (Ultimate Edition)


Fenix have been taking classic lights from their range and creating ‘Ultimate Edition’ versions, pushing their performance to the maximum. The TK15 has now been ‘UE’ed to make the TK15UE with uprated output, throw and a new stainless steel bezel. Taking a more detailed look: The TK15UE comes in Fenix’s standard packaging. Included with the […]

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Knife Review: Böker Plus Kwaiken Mini Flipper


After reviewing the Böker Plus Kwaiken Flipper, while at IWA 2016 I was able to speak to Lucas Burnley about the original Kwaiken folder and this new ‘Mini’ version of the Kwaiken Flipper. This review is of the new Kwaiken Mini Flipper, a scaled down version of the Kwaiken Flipper. The Blade and Handle Geometry: […]

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Light Review: Olight R50 Seeker


Olight’s R50 Seeker is a handy sized powerhouse using a 26650 cell and the XHP50 LED allowing it to give you 2500lms in an easily carried package; built-in USB charging adds to its flexibility. Taking a more detailed look: The R50 arrives in something more like a presentation box than just ‘packaging’. The box has […]

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Knife Review: Ruger / CRKT GO-N-HEAVY (Plain and Veff Serrated Versions)


One of my highlights of IWA 2016 was a visit to the CRKT stand, and on that stand was a knife I could not leave IWA without. Amongst the new Ruger line of knives (produced by CRKT) was the super-sized Go-N-Heavy which stood out not only due to its size, but for the distinctive look […]

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Dive Knives 2016 – Mega Test Review


Knife blades and seawater are usually something I do my best to keep apart, but when diving a knife must survive some of the most hostile conditions and its performance can be a matter of life and death. This Mega Test Review brings together twelve knives from five leading knife brands and puts them to […]

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Light Review: Surefire Sidekick (Compact Fob Light)


Though not the first to make a USB rechargeable keychain light, Surefire have applied their philosophy of ‘excellence in illumination’ to this EDC essential. Taking a more detailed look: The Sidekick comes in a cardboard blister pack. Inside is the Sidekick itself, a short USB charging cable, a metal clip and the instructions. The underside […]

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Technical: Chris Reeve Knives Large Inkosi – Strip Down and Washer Replacement


Although the Large Inkosi was only recently launched at Blade Show 2016, in their mission for continual improvement, Chris Reeve Knives have slightly updated the washer design for this knife. If you want to swap your own washer or give the Large Inkosi a deep clean, this is how to do it. Step-by-step Strip Down […]

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Knife Review: Spartan Blades Pallas Folding Knife


Spartan Blades LLC proudly make “Knives with Intent”, and their Pallas Button Lock folder is no exception, fulfilling its design brief exceptionally well. The Blade and Handle Geometry: Most knife specifications have a basic description of the blade geometry, but in this section I will be taking a more detailed look at geometry and balance. […]

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Knife Review: Zero Tolerance 0095BW Flipper (S35VN blade, Titanium Handle, ‘BlackWash’ Finish)


One of Zero Tolerance’s new knives for 2016, the 0095BW is one which initially did not particularly stand out for me, but as I’ve got to know it better, I’ve found I very nearly missed out on a real gem. The Blade and Handle Geometry: Most knife specifications have a basic description of the blade […]

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Knife Review: Buck Selkirk, Compadre Chopping Froe and Kinetic Fishing Spear


Buck’s Selkirk, Compadre Chopping Froe and Kinetic Fishing Spear were specifically chosen for this review to compliment each other for camp/survival tasks. Following a visit to Buck at IWA 2016 I’ve been able to give these a good workout to see how they fare. The Blade and Handle Geometry: Most knife specifications have a basic […]

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Knife Review: Fällkniven F1 Pro


Although Fällkniven have a winning formula with their F1 Survival knife, (the official survival knife of Swedish Air Force pilots since 1995), Fällkniven’s desire for continual improvement led them to start work on the Pro Series, including the F1 Pro, in 2010. The Pro Series consists of the F1 Pro (featured here) as well as […]

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Special Preview: The New Large Inkosi from Chris Reeve Knives


Tactical Reviews is fortunate enough to be able to bring you a quick preview of the new Large Inkosi from Chris Reeve Knives which was launched at BLADE Show 2016. A full review will follow once I’ve been able to test it properly. The original Inkosi was designed to include improvements to Chris Reeve’s already […]

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Knife Review: Morakniv – A Look at the Classics


Morakniv’s products are extremely well known, but with most people being more used to simply calling them a ‘Mora’. Of course Mora is actually the name of the place in Sweden where these famous knives are made. It was when the two major knife making companies in Mora (Frosts and KJ Eriksson) merged in 2005 […]

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Gear Review: Walkstool ‘Comfort 65’ Portable Stool with Telescopic Legs


It was at IWA 2016 that I came across Walkstool on my way to another appointment. As soon as I saw their telescopic folding stools I knew they were worth further investigation, and after a demonstration by Pius Schmitt (who is featured in the Walkstool website videos) didn’t need any further persuasion; I knew this […]

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Light Review: FOURSEVENS Preon P1 and P2


FOURSEVENS’ Preons have been very popular and well regarded AAA powered EDC lights. Being time for a reboot, here are the current updated versions of the Preon P1 and P2. (And yes, they do have a high efficiency XP-L LED.) Taking a more detailed look: Presentation is great with FOURSEVENS’ standard clear plastic box packaging. […]

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Light Review: Olight M23 JAVELOT


Olight have taken the popular M22 Warrior and updated it by giving it the ‘JAVELOT’ treatment. The result is the M23 JAVELOT. After the success of the first few Javelot models, Olight have been updating a few existing models, like the S30RII and M22 into Javelot versions with uprated emitters and throw. Taking a more […]

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Light Review: Fenix BC30R Bicycle light with OLED Display


Winner of several awards on its release in 2015, the BC30R from Fenix continues to impress. The first light from Fenix to incorporate an OLED digital display, I’m hoping it won’t be the last, as this feature makes a great product outstanding. Tactical Reviews takes a closer look and makes comparisons to the previously reviewed […]

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Gear Review: ZTS MBT-1 Pulse Load Battery Tester


In the course of reviewing, I use rather a large number of primary and rechargeable cells. MyFenix generously sent Tactical Reviews a ZTS MBT-1 Pulse Load battery tester to help me keep track, and it has certainly proven its worth. Taking a more detailed look: Unlike many blister packs, the MBT-1 has an easy to […]

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Light Review: NITECORE EA45S


NITECORE’s first die-cast unibody light was the revolutionary EC4 (check the index page for a review link). Developing the idea further, we now have a 4xAA thrower using a similar format die-cast ‘unibody’, the EA45S. Taking a more detailed look: NITECORE’s familiar cardboard packaging is used. Inside the box is the EA45S, a wrist lanyard, […]

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Light Review: Olight S1 plus Special Edition S1 Ti


Olight’s S1 is the smallest light they have ever produced with a side switch. Along with the standard aluminium edition, Olight have created quite a storm of interest by also releasing several different Special Editions with different emitters and materials such as Copper, Titanium as well as Gold-plated versions. Taking a more detailed look at […]

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Light Review: NITECORE Headlamps – T-360, HA20 and HC30


With the launch of three new headlamps from NITECORE, the T-360, HA20 and HC30, I’ve had the opportunity to compare them. Each one is very different and fits a different requirement. Have a look and see which one would be right for you. Taking a more detailed look at the T-360: Before diving into the […]

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Light Review: ACEBEAM H10 Headlamp


The H10 is ACEBEAM’s most powerful Headlamp with an impressive 2000lm burst mode (using an IMR 18650) and uses the high power MT-G2 LED array. Taking a more detailed look: Presentation is good with the ACEBEAM packaging. The box is sealed with a tamper evident tape. Inside there is a foam liner holding the contents […]

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Light Review: FOURSEVENS Knight and Paladin


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First revealed at SHOT Show 2015, FOURSEVENS have collaborated with PK (Paul Kim aka the Photon King) to produce these two exciting, fun and altogether usable lights – The Knight and Paladin. These are effectively the same light but the Knight is an Aluminium version and the Paladin is Titanium. Taking a more detailed look: […]

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Light Review: FOURSEVENS Bolt-Mini


Following on from the uncompromising design of the original Bolt-Action BLR2 from FOURSEVENS (check the Light Reviews Index for a review of this light), there has been demand for a smaller version running on a common cell. Enter the new AAA powered Bolt-Mini from Foursevens. FOURSEVENS’ original Bolt-Action light is the product of a three-way […]

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Light Review: Streamlight ProTac HL USB and Portable USB Charger


Streamlight have been adding USB power into their range and in this review we take a look at the ProTac HL USB along with the Portable USB Charger Taking a more detailed look: Everything shown here actually came in a completely plain white outer cardboard box (which didn’t really show up in these white background […]

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Knife Review: Ontario Knife Company – Group Review


After selecting a set of three knives I felt represented what Ontario Knife Company bring to the market (Blackbird SK-5, Ranger RD Tanto and RTAK-II), I originally intended to present a single group review. As I have got to know them better, I found that individual reviews would work better, so this page is to […]

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Enter the ‘Mid-Serrated’ Blade


After much study of edge usage and how serrations interact with various tasks, I have formulated a new concept in part-serrated knife blades – the Mid-Serrated blade. Read all about it on its own dedicated page. The Mid-Serrated Blade – A new concept from Subwoofer

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Sunglasses Review: Wiley X MEGA Test – Saber, Twisted and Knife


I first came across Wiley X due to the fact they manufacture 5.11 Tactical’s range of sunglasses. It is a real compliment that 5.11 chose Wiley X, and when you see more of what Wiley X make you will understand why they are a brand you can trust if you want protection as well as […]

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Light Review: SOG Dark Energy Group Review (DE-01, DE-02, DE-03 and DE-06)


As well as the hybrid SOG Bladelights I reviewed recently, SOG also have a line of dedicated lights named ‘Dark Energy’. I have four of them on test, the DE-01, DE-02, DE-03 and DE-06 to compare the different power options and their performance. In case you notice that the DE-03 (AA powered) looks a little […]

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Knife Review: Spartan Blades’ Harsey Model II (6.125? blade – S35VN)


The SPARTAN HARSEY MODEL II is Spartan Blades’ third collaboration with world renowned knife maker, William “Bill” Harsey Jr. The Harsey Model II was designed to be sturdy knife that would serve equally well as both a field and combat knife. The ergonomic and textured canvas micarta handle is specifically intended to provide comfort and […]

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Light Review: Olight M3XS-UT Javelot – Super Thrower (3/4xCR123, 2×18650)


Olight have been building up performance levels with the other Javelot models. These Javelots have been getting noticed for their enhanced throw, and then Olight released the M3XS-UT taking performance up another notch. The M3XS-UT is currently the top of performer amongst the Javelots. Taking a more detailed look: Like all the Javelots I’ve tested, […]

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Knife Review: Böker Plus Kwaiken Damascus/Damast (3.5? blade – Odins Eye Damasteel)


The Böker Plus Kwaiken Flipper is one of Böker Plus’s most popular knives, and is the result of a collaboration with renowned knife maker Lucas Burnley. The Kwaiken Flipper is available in many variations of blade and handle materials. This review is looking at the Damascus / Titanium version. The Blade and Handle Geometry: Most […]

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Light Review: First Light T-Max LE and TTL (2xR/CR123)


Last time I looked at a First-Light model it was the 2xAA powered TORQ. This time I’m taking a detailed look at the latest T-Max high output model (LE version) and the TTL accessory, as well as another visit to the First-Light mounting system. The TTL actually stands for the Tomahawk Task Light, with the […]

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Products featured in the homepage image are:
Walkstool Comfort 65
DMT DuoSharp 10″ Fine/Coarse plus Aligner Pro kit
Surefire Sidekick
Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker
Fällkniven DC4 Sharpener plus Flipstone FS4
FOURSEVENS Bolt-Mini
MoraKniv Diamond Sharpener plus ‘S’ Sharpener
Buck Kinetic Fishing Spear
Firemask Smoke Hood
CRKT Ruger Go-N-Heavy (case)