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  • Light Review: ACEBEAM UC15 – EDC / Keychain

    Light Review: ACEBEAM UC15 – EDC / Keychain

    ACEBEAM’s UC15 is a new contender in the keychain light market. The UC15 has a range of capabilities that make it stand out, with white, red and UV beams, and the choice of AAA or 10440 for power. We are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to keychain lights, …
  • Showcase: Spyderco Shaman – The knife that nearly passed me by

    Showcase: Spyderco Shaman – The knife that nearly passed me by

    While the latest ‘stand-out’ designs compete for our attention, often it is the quiet ones you need to look out for, and for me, this is what the Spyderco Shaman is. I very nearly passed this by while at IWA 2018 as it is a plain looking knife with stonewashed …
  • Performance Review: Emisar D4 – Quad Nichia 219C LED Light

    Performance Review: Emisar D4 – Quad Nichia 219C LED Light

    The Emisar D4, made by Hank Wang of Intl-Outdoor, is one of those lights that has created such a stir with its stunning output levels, that if you haven’t come across it yet, you will do. Hank has created a light by which others will be judged and at an …
  • News: Sharpest Knife Competition at Knives UK 2018 – The Results

    News: Sharpest Knife Competition at Knives UK 2018 – The Results

    It Happened! The first ‘Sharpest Knife’ competition of its kind in a public access show in the Northern Hemisphere. Eyes were opened, hopes dashed, legends toppled, shock results revealed, and a winner who could not believe it! Drama and enlightenment added to a day of excitement at Knives UK 2018, …
  • Knife Review: Hinderer Knives XM-Slippy

    Knife Review: Hinderer Knives XM-Slippy

    Hinderer Knives’ XM-Slippy was designed to answer the high demand from the European market for a Rick Hinderer knife that could be carried in areas with more restrictive knife carry laws; as its name suggests, it is a slip-joint knife. The knife was debuted at IWA 2017 and is currently …
  • Showcase: BUCK 110 Hunter and Hunter Pro

    Showcase: BUCK 110 Hunter and Hunter Pro

    Buck’s 110 Folding Hunter has been a firm favourite since its release in 1963, and is probably the most copied folding knife design in existence. Its traditional mixture of brass and wood (Macassar Ebony Dymondwood), along with the elegant lines and simple lock-back mechanism, has made it a classic with …
  • Announcement: The ‘Sharpest Knife’ Competition at KnivesUK 2018

    Announcement: The ‘Sharpest Knife’ Competition at KnivesUK 2018

    Are you the owner of the sharpest tool in the box? This year at Knives UK (24th June 2018), using a certified sharpness testing machine, Tactical Reviews will be accepting entries for ‘The Sharpest Knife’ Competition to definitively answer this question. This is both a Knife sharpening competition and an …
  • Knife Review: Extrema Ratio RAO II

    Knife Review: Extrema Ratio RAO II

    Extrema Ratio’s RAO II is an update of the original RAO which was developed back in 2006. Designed as a super tough, compact, survival and field knife, the brutish RAO was an immediate modern classic. In 2014, with improved ergonomics and a new drop-point blade, the RAO II widens the …
  • Knife Review: Pohl Force Prepper One (Tactical)

    Knife Review: Pohl Force Prepper One (Tactical)

    Born from key influences in Dietmar Pohl’s lifelong passion for knives, the Prepper One combines the hollow handle survival knife concept with a traditional style ‘straight’ utility knife. By using modern materials and manufacturing techniques, Dietmar Pohl has avoided all the typical weaknesses of hollow handle knives and produced a …
  • Tactical Reviews at IWA 2018

    Tactical Reviews at IWA 2018

    This year was the 45th edition of IWA OutdoorClassics at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg with 1,558 exhibitors and almost 47,000 trade visitors from around the world. Exhibitors from almost 60 countries and trade visitors from about 130 countries gave the 45th edition of IWA OutdoorClassics even more of an international …
  • Gear Review: FLIR Scout TK Thermal Camera

    Gear Review: FLIR Scout TK Thermal Camera

    FLIR are a leading manufacturer of thermal imaging sensors and thermal cameras, and though this technology still remains relatively expensive, FLIR have been producing consumer devices that bring thermal imaging within reach for everyone. In this review we are looking at the Scout TK, FLIR’s palm-sized self-contained thermal vision monocular, …
  • Knife Review: Extrema Ratio TASK J

    Knife Review: Extrema Ratio TASK J

    Based on the original TASK tactical knife designed by Thilo Schiller, this version of the TASK, the TASK J has been developed as a collaboration with the Jagdkommando Unit, the Austrian Army special forces. Their requirements were for a heavier duty version of the original TASK which could survive more …
  • Light Review: Streamlight Dualie – 3AA Magnet, 2AA ATEX and Laser ATEX

    Light Review: Streamlight Dualie – 3AA Magnet, 2AA ATEX and Laser ATEX

    Streamlight’s Dualie range are not the only dual-beam lights available, so might look familiar. The 3AA version is not new, but the 2AA ATEX and 3AA Laser ATEX are both recent additions for Streamlight, adding more options to this Intrinsically Safe range. Taking a more detailed look at the Dualie …
  • Knife Review: Lionsteel T5 MI

    Knife Review: Lionsteel T5 MI

    Each year at IWA, there are a few blades that stand out and draw you back to them time and again. Lionsteel’s T5 was one of those, and may well have been my most visited blade at IWA 2017. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot …
  • Light Review: Streamlight Super Siege Lantern

    Light Review: Streamlight Super Siege Lantern

    In its first incarnation, the Siege lantern was a full size D-cell powered light, shortly followed by the cute Siege AA (you guessed it, powered by AA-cells). But not yet finished, Streamlight have taken the lantern to another level with the Super Siege, which now features a built-in rechargeable battery …