From department store aisles to free giveaways, cheap keychain lights are ubiquitous. But who says cheap has to be bad? Certainly not the folks at Streamlight, who’ve been kind enough to send me an example of their popular Nano Keychain Flashlight. So far, its brightness and budget friendly nature have outshined all expectations.
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.
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.
In our world of texting, email, and digital tech, fountain pens are something of an anachronism. These large, gravity-fed writing instruments are known to leak, dry out, or otherwise fail despite their typically stratospheric price tags. And yet, there’s a huge community dedicated to the collection and use of fountain pens. We at Journeywind Junk decided to see what all the fuss was about. Armed with a charcoal black Lamy Safari, we set out to determine if this classical tool is truly suited to the modern age.
If you follow us on Twitter, then you know the story by now. Our beloved Timex Expedition Scout began to skip date changes and gain time about a week ago, creating concerns about its mechanical soundness. There were at least three instances of such errors, leading us to contact Timex. Then, while mulling our return or exchange options, the watch’s crown somehow disappeared. We first noticed it while walking through a department store on the way to an evening meal.