Survival-Pax Blog: September 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Videos Are Coming Soon!

I just wanted to let everyone know that videos will be coming soon. I'm currently working on editing some footage and trying to make a neat introduction. I hope to impress you guys.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Survival-Pax Youtube channel so that once the vids are up, you'll be informed ASAP. We'll have product reviews, survival tips, every day carry (EDC) advice and much more.

The Kershaw Nerve - Great EDC Choice
New products are being posted up daily. One of the more recent products is the Kershaw Blitz/Nerve. I was especially impressed by this folding knife.

The Preon Series, by 4Sevens packs a lot of light in a little package.
We also have a large selection of 4Sevens flashlights, so take a look and see if there's something that you like. The Preon series is very popular and affordable.

See you on Youtube soon!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Product Review - CRKT Ultima

One of the more interesting products that we sell is the Ultima, by Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT). In this review we will be taking a closer look at this intriguing knife. Designed by Michael Martinez, this knife has a really unique design. A tactical fixed blade by nature, it is intended for use by those who would require a strong, functional knife to defend his/her life and it offers many features that would help in that job.

The very functional 7" Ultima by Columbia River Knife and Tool.
On first glance the grip of the Ultima looks really strange. It's unlike any other knife grip on the market, and it may be even off-putting to some. However, after a few more seconds of analyzing and wondering, it becomes apparent why Martinez designed the grips in the way that he did. Starting with the form of the grip, the curves are molded in a way to match the contours of the human hand as much as possible, either in a forward (blade above your thumb, "normal" grip) or a reverse grip (blade "upside down"). The knife really does have to be held to feel the difference that the natural contours really make.

A detailed view of the Ultima's "ooze grooves" and handle design.
Moving on to the the grooves in the handle, called "ooze grooves" by CRKT, these were also designed with functionality in mind. The polymer handle has deep grooves, to aid in grip during moments where the user's hands may be covered in water, mud, snow, or even blood. To further aid in grip, the handle panels overlap the top and the bottom of the Ultima's grip, giving a 360 degree contact with your hand. The handle on the Ultima was designed to offer the maximum grip and comfort in all situations, very important for a knife that your life may depend on.

The Ultima's blade is a Tanto design for blade strength, piercing and slashing power. The blade has adequate belly for slicing, but has a nice, sharp point for piercing. In a defensive role, this blade shape would excel. The blade steel that CRKT chose for this knife is 1.4116 Stainless, a steel with adequate rust resistance and good edge retention. At the price point that the Ultima sells for, the steel will perform the tasks it was designed to perform well.

The Ultima's MOLLE capable sheath.
For strength, the Ultima incorporates a full-tang design, meaning that the knife is made of one solid piece of steel, from the butt of the handle to the tip of the blade. Past the bottom of the handle, there is a built-in pry tip. As is often the case, in an emergency, a knife is often used as a pry bar, causing damage to the blade edge. The Ultima takes care of that problem, enabling the user to use the built-in pry tip when prying open doors, boxes, etc.

The Ultima's sheath is very functional. Made of strong cordura nylon, this sheath is combines quality and functionality. It can be attached to military MOLLE webbing, offering many different carry options. The sheath can also be attached to a belt, utilizing the included leg strap and paracord to secure the blade to the thigh, allowing for what is know as a drop-leg carry option. The front of the sheath also has a pocket which can be used to carry a folding knife, multi-tool, knife sharpener or other accessory.

The Ultima comes in both a 5" and a 7" version, both being very functional. Reasons for using the smaller version of the knife would be size and weight limits. With the sheath, the 5" Ultima is almost 3 ounces lighter than the 7" version. When you are counting every ounce, the smaller and lighter version of the Ultima might be the more appropriate choice.

So, in conclusion, take a second look at the CRKT Ultima if you have the chance. It's definitely a blade not worth passing up if you are in the market of a strong, functional and well-designed tactical fixed blade.

Take care guys!

Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Friday, September 17, 2010

4Sevens Flashlights!

We are proud to announce that we are an official dealer of 4Sevens Flashlights!

4Sevens is a newcomer to the flashlight scene, but they are quickly making a name for themselves. Whether you're looking for a small, compact flashlight like the Preon 1 or one that is powerful and bright, such as the Quark CR123² Tactical, 4Sevens makes a light for you.

Look forward to in-depth reviews and tests of these flashlights. In the meantime, stop by our website and check them out. I'm sure you'll be as impressed as we all were.

Take care, guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Monday, September 13, 2010

It's here! It's here!

*Drumroll* I am pleased to announce to you the official grand opening of the Survival-Pax store!

After months and months of hard work, it's finally here! I hope that you guys enjoy it.

Whether you're interested in quality flashlights, camp knives, folding knives, first aid or even none of the above (that's not all that we have), be sure to check out our website at

We will continually have updates and new products. If there's something that you would like us to sell that we currently do not, Contact Us and let us know.

Take care, guys and see you online!

Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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