In the crowded world of pens, it’s always nice to see something new. So when we stumbled across the Pico from Lamy, we knew we had to give it a try. Designed by Franco Clivio, this little German marvel features an interesting actuation, transforming from a simply cylinder to a full sized ballpoint with the press of a button. Lamy was kind enough to send one our way for testing, so read on to see how it stacks up.
When putting together a survival kit, there are few things more important than fire. Even in the fairly pedestrian world of EDC, it’s nice to have something that can produce a quick flame. Disposable lighters offer a temporary fix, but grow wasteful and expensive in the long run. With this in mind, TrueUtility has put together an interesting solution with the FireStash – A tiny, refillable lighter designed in the Zippo tradition.
The CRKT Squid is one of the most popular knives on the EDC market. Its diminutive size, friendly appearance, and reputation for toughness have earned it a loyal following among enthusiasts of all walks. Such is CRKT’s confidence in the Squid that they graciously agreed to send one our way for testing. We wore it for a little more than a week, measuring our expectations for the knife against the reality. Here’s what we found.
The Timex Weekender – A fixture in the timepiece community, this popular watch is worn by legions of people all around the globe. Amazon alone features nearly 5,000 consumer reviews of the product line, and forums everywhere crow about its combination of simplicity and style. So when Timex agreed to send one our way, we were anxious to strap it to our wrists. Could it live up to the hype? We spent a week with the Weekender in order to find out.
If you only own one product from Fisher, odds are it’s a version of their iconic Bullet Space Pen. We’ve carried one for the last few months and have generally enjoyed the device. But, after perusing the company’s catalog, a different model caught our eye – The Fisher Backpacker. After a brief discussion, Fisher was kind enough to provide us with a shiny silver model for the purposes of this review. It offers all of the write-anywhere capability Space Pens are known for, with a slightly different spin on design.
In EDC (and life in general), it’s good to have backup. Such was our thinking when assembling the work kit shown below, filled with items chosen to augment our standard daily loadout. After considering several lights to back up our trusty ThruNite Ti3, we settled on the PF04 Penlight from ThorFire. With additional power and size, the PF04 has served well in its big brother role. Read on to see how it stacked up in our four categories.