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February 25, 2016Gear Tasting

Gear Tasting 27: Lock Picking, Hoptic Accessories and a Box Full of Knives

Gear Tasting 27: Lock Picking, Hoptic Accessories and a Box Full of Knives


On this episode, Bryan showcases some new arrivals from Hoptic USA and uses our new ITS Visible Cutaway Practice Locks to whiteboard a primer on Lock Picking. He also walks through his knife collection on our most dangerous segment of Questions Over Coffee yet.

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Hoptic USA –
Visible Cutaway Practice Locks –
SEAL Knife Trials –
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SOG Seal Pup –
Buckmaster –
MK3 Mod 0 –
Cold Steel SRK –
PDW Griffin –
MT Knives –
Emerson CQC 7 –
Emerson Commander –
Emerson SOCFK –
Knife Rights –
Hissatsu –
ITS Memorial Bracelet –

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  • Brushpopper

    I had forgotten about the old switchblade combs, we use to think those were so cool as kids.  It is amazing when you look at your own knife collection, I started very young, and seeing how you’ve migrated and changed over the years.  I am looking at some knives by a guy named Tom Holloran, great looking and usable knives, I’m on the list for one!  Just wish I lived closer to San Antonio where I could take some pekiti tersia classes.

  • bullitt4686

    Zero Tolerance?  Thoughts?

    Great episode as usual, thanks much.

  • cdennisg

    That Hissatsu is crazy. I have the Otanashi Noh Ken also designed by Williams and also slightly crazy. Knives like these just reinforce the idea that I have no desire to ever get in a knife fight.
    Good point on the wave action opening. Personally, I may or may not want the blade to deploy on the draw so don’t lean toward that type of knife myself.

  • Allwet

    For a the next level of bad ass blades…check out Half Face Blades, operator operated/owned….
    Unable to post pics “waiting on http://www.itst...”

    Zero Tolerance……good stuff, only custom will be better.

  • Allwet

    Half Face Blades… getting through the ‘ sphere….I ‘m on the day side right now, about 10k mi away.

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