Note: The model shown here is a prototype made from 3D printed plastic. The final version will be milled out of aluminum.
The BladeKey Bolt is a simple but well thought out device. Actually, you can probably guess how it operates just by looking at it. In a nutshell, it transforms your keychain into a pocket knife style key organizer.
No jingling. No poking. Just organized keys.
Editor-in-Chief’s note: This post was written by Brett and Kate McKay and originally ran on The Art of Manliness.
The idea of carrying around a pocket notebook has become quite popular these last few years, revived by the introduction of the current incarnation of the “Moleskine” into the market. It’s become so popular that I’m afraid it has come to be seen as trendy or faddish, and this is putting some men off to starting this important habit themselves. Some find the Cult of the Moleskine and its faux history understandably distasteful. The company shills their pricey Made in China notebooks as the notebook of Hemingway, Van Gogh, and Matisse, when the company that currently makes them only got into the business in 1997.
But don’t let the pocket notebook’s current image dissuade you from carrying one around. The truth is that you don’t need to use a Moleskine (unless you really like them)-even some note cards clipped together will do. And far from being a modern fad, the pocket notebook has a long, important, and manly history. Pocket notebooks were part of the arsenal of a long list of great men from Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Edison (we’re working on an in-depth post of how these men used their notebooks for the future). The repositories of eminent men’s personal effects nearly always includes a pocket notebook full of their ideas and musings.
Whether you carry a messenger bag, backpack or something else, we want to see what’s in it! We’ve run a few “What’s in Your Pockets” contests, but we’ve decided to switch things up a little. Sharing what we carry every day can help provide everyone else with ideas on how to adjust or improve their setup.
While there’s no reason to carry 10 days worth of emergency rations, you certainly need to have what you consider “the basics” covered. Although, even if you have a solid set of items that would help get you out of an emergency situation, you may not have the ability to get to that bag if it’s in your car or away from you.
It’s the moment a lot of you have been waiting for. SHOT Show 2013 is in the books and we’re slowly getting back up to speed. To start this week off right, we wanted to announce the winners from our latest contest.
We’ve examined all of the entries this go around from the “What’s in Your Pockets” Forum Contest pool and finally selected two winners. Each will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the ITS Tactical Store which even has some new items since the last contest. Read on for the winning submissions.
We’re excited to announce the winners of our ongoing “What’s in Your Pockets” Forum Contest. This contest ran for three months so we chose three winners from the group of entries. Each winner is going to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the ITS Tactical Store.
There were some excellent submissions and if you didn’t win this time, don’t fret, we are running another contest starting today. Read on to see the winners and to get instructions on how you can enter the November through December contest!
The big news today is that our ITS Discreet Messenger Bag Gen II is back in stock and available in black, coyote brown and foliage! It’s been a long time coming, but for the time being they’re back in stock.
These are sure to go quickly as they have in the past, so if you’re considering a purchase, act quick. Again these are not a pre-order, they’re in stock and ready to ship today!
The last announcement today is the release of our new ITS Subdued Logo T-Shirts that incorporate nothing more than a minimalist subdued ITS Logo on the front. These Unisex T’s are printed in the USA on Made in the USA American Apparel Blanks. They’re available in Charcoal and Cranberry from the ITS Store today!
Today, we’re announcing the winner of our July What’s in Your Pockets Forum Contest! We had some great entries, but we’ve only got one $25.00 Gift Certificate to give away so we had to pick one. This month’s winner is Will Case! Congratulations Will, please send us an email to claim your gift certificate.
Be sure to get your entry into this month’s contest for your chance to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate!
We’re excited to announce the winners in our ongoing What’s in Your Pockets Forum Contest. Due to the length of time we let the contest run, we decided to choose the top three posts and award them each a $25 Gift Certificate to the ITS Tactical Store.
You guys made some great posts and it was definitely a challenge to choose only three, but here they are! From now on, this contest will be run on a monthly basis so if you didn’t win this time, be sure to get your post in on the ITS Forum for July’s Contest!
Winner #1 – EDC Planet
Winner #2 – Revisualize
Winner #3 – GuardianEthos
Congratulations to our winners! Please send us an email to claim your prize and we’ll get your gift certificate issued!
Be sure to get your entry into the What’s in Your Pockets contest we’re running in the ITS Forum! We’ll be selecting the winner on Wednesday and they’ll receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the ITS Tactical Store!
We’ll be picking the winner based on their entry being a functional and realistic EDC. This means it actually has to be what you carry in your pockets, not in a bag (as much as we want to see photos of your Discreet Messenger Bag.) Of course this is totally left open to our interpretation and why we’d like a brief description of what you’re carrying too.
To enter, simply join our Forum (if you’re not a member already) and post up your photo in this topic with a brief description of your EDC. We’ll look in on the submissions and pick a winner this Wednesday. The winner’s photo will be posted on the homepage of ITS Tactical along with the announcement.
Editor-in-Chief’s Note: I’m excited to announce a new book from my good friend Rob Robideau of the Personal Armament Network. Rob has been a contributor here at ITS for some time and recently released The Practical Guide To Everyday Carry Gear, which includes information from an interview I did with him on emergency medical gear.
What he’s included in this article today is a conversation he had with Dave Spaulding regarding Defensive light use. I’d encourage everyone to check out The Practical Guide to Everyday Carry Gear for an incredible collection of interviews from the likes of Michael Janich, Massad Ayoob and even our friends Doc and Cruz from RSKTKR Consulting. Another great thing about this book is that 50% of all profits are donated to charities, including Knife Rights. [Read More…]