In our grandparents’ days, a knife was considered a critical tool that should be carried on a regular basis. To this day, a knife comes in handy for a variety of daily tasks that require cutting. Today, it’s less likely you’ll need your knife to skin a carcass or clean a fish, as our past generations did. Still, the everyday carry (EDC) knife does seem to be making a resurgence of sorts.
Archive for the ‘Knives’ Category
We’ve been blogging about tactical knives, LED flashlights, and multi-tools for five years. Our first blog post, on fishing knives, was published on January 25, 2008. Since then, we’ve posted hundreds of blogs, some more popular than others. By analyzing page view information culled from Google Analytics and WebMaster Tools Data, we can determine which posts our readers have found the most useful. To bring these helpful posts to your attention, we’ve listed a brief description of each below.
“Serrated Knives: When They’re Great and When They’re Not”
Published in December of 2011, this post had more than 890 page views in the past year. A great read for those wondering which applications are best for a serrated knife, and when a serrated blade may actually be a hindrance.
What are your must-have work items? For most of us, a laptop, set of headphones, and a strong cup of coffee would probably make the list. But first responders and firefighters need a completely different set of professional tools, including a good rescue personnel knife. Today we’re highlighting a recent product review for one such COAST rescue knife, the DX335.
ModelCityFirefighter.com recently posted a product review for the DX335. The Model City Firefighter writers are both experienced firefighters, with 20 years of firefighting experience between them. So it’s natural that their product reviews should focus on how rescue personnel would experience the DX335.
The lingo of the knife world is unique. When choosing a tactical knife or folding knife, it’s useful to understand the vocabulary for types of blades and handles. Today we’re exploring a specific type of folding knife handle, the G10. You can find a G10 handle on our FX350 folding knife.
Basically, G10 is a term for a high grade of laminate. To make this material, manufacturers weave glass cloth into epoxy resin. This process creates a strong material with high impact resistance as well as dimensional stability.
Recently, Model City Firefighter Andrew Catron and the High Point Fire Department crew reviewed one of our elite blade-assist knives, the RX322. Designed by the renowned Ron Lake, this knife is part of our Rapid Response line featuring unique technology that makes the blade simple to open with one hand.
The patented roller-bearing mount on the blade, paired with a spring leaf between the handle liners, makes the RX322 the fastest, smoothest and safest of blade-assist knives on the market for people who are either right- or left-handed. The knife’s Max-Lock and Liner-Lock technologies keep the RX322’s blade securely in place to prevent accidental engages and disengages. The stainless steel frame, fiberglass-filled nylon handle and the following specifications give the knife dependable durability that emergency workers trust. (more…)
To the untrained eye, today’s product comparison may seem silly. Both of our featured products, the DX330 knife and the Rapid Response 3.90 knife, feature smooth blade-assist opening technology, and both are constructed with high-quality stainless steel and handle materials. However, for those who rely on knives in their work, or while hunting, the details about each knife, as outlined below, really do matter. For instance, rescue personnel who are constantly in motion while on the job will appreciate the DX330’s deep-carry pocket clip, which will keep the blade securely in one’s pocket. Read on to discover the differences between these two knives. (more…)
If you’re like us, you prefer to be prepared whenever possible. Understanding the jargon surrounding a particular product, for instance, allows you to make more informed consumer choices; when you know how power tools are rated, you can more easily select the best model for your needs and price point. With such educated shoppers in mind, we’ve created two highly informative eBooks that will bring you up to speed on the ins and outs of the products we’re passionate about – namely LED flashlights, multi-tools and tactical knives.
The first title in our library of eBooks is A Flashaholic’s Guide to LED Flashlights. This is the perfect quick read for understanding the ANSI FL1 LED flashlight rating standards. You’ll learn how many lumens you actually need according to your intended use of the torch. Run time, light output, impact resistance and other features are illuminated in our guide. You’ll also gain insight into what makes a truly long-lasting, durable, high-quality LED flashlight.
We are proud to announce that COAST Products has received attention from another leading tool website. Recently, Tool-Rank.com has featured our products in two separate articles – one suggesting items to include in an emergency kit, and another highlighting the Rapid Response knife as a Tool Rank Editor’s Pick.
In the emergency kit article, the author suggested using the Bosch Click & Go System as a housing for a 72-hour post-disaster kit. This emergency setup is intended to assist a family in the days just following a disaster, during the lull before federal emergency services kick in. As we saw with Superstorm Sandy, families often have to fend for themselves in this time period, and a 72-hour kit is a lifesaver in this situation. Tool-Rank.com included four COAST products in the kit: the HP7 LED flashlight, the HL7 LED Headlamp, the Rapid Response knife, and the 2-LED Pro Pocket pliers.